Mark Tanner

Piano, Keyboard, Brass, Orchestra, Composition

Mark is a concert pianist, composer, writer and teacher, who has premièred, recorded and broadcast many works by prominent British composers. He has published 65 volumes of compositions and editions for Edition Peters, Faber Music, Spartan Press and Europa Edition. 40 of his pieces have been selected for the exam syllabuses of ABRSM, TCL and LCM. He has various pieces within the popular ABRSM series, Piano Star, and co-authored ABRSM’s Teaching Notes for the previous piano syllabus.

His book, The Mindful Pianist, is published by Faber, with a Chinese translation due for publication soon, along with 2 recently co-authored books with Karen Marshall called The Advanced Pianist and 2 volumes of piano repertoire pieces entitled Teachers’ Choice. Soon to be published, also from Faber, is The Piano in Black and White, an in-depth guide for the adult learner and returner.

His book, Mindfulness in Music, is published by Leaping Hare Press in English and Spanish, and Mindfulness in Sound was published in 2020.

Mark’s PhD featured Liszt, a topic on which he has published articles in the UK and USA, and he has written hundreds of reviews for the prominent musical press, including International Record Review, Classical Music, Piano Professional, Musical Opinion and International Piano. He has written 40 Masterclass articles for Pianist Magazine.

Mark has given 300 recitals on cruise ships and appeared in the UK’s top venues, including five appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and St John’s Smith Square. He has performed on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

Mark is an ABRSM examiner for grades and diplomas, also a moderator, trainer and international coordinator, having undertaken 45 tours to all continents. Mark was a piano judge for the 2019 BBC Young Musician Competition.

In 2021, Mark was appointed Chair of EPTA UK, succeeding Murray McLachlan’s formidable 14-year tenure. He is also Editor of EPTA’s flagship magazine, Piano Professional.

Virtual Adjudicating update:
Mark is happy to adjudicate virtually, having had much recent experience using Zoom in a variety of ways. He adjudicated the Southampton Festival in June, which made the bold move to going digital this year in light of the Covid 19 Virus, and also taught on the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School and Jackdaws Piano Summer School, both entirely online. In addition, Mark has recently given live Webinars for EPTA, ABRSM and in a Pianist Platform interview with Yulia Vhsplina, again using Zoom.

Lesley Shrigley Jones

Strings, Guitars, Vocal

As an Associated Board Scholar, Lesley studied `cello, piano, singing and viola da gamba at the Royal Manchester and Royal Northern Colleges of Music.

Later, awards from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and the King Edward V11 Foundation enabled her to join the Master Classes of Antonio Janigro and Paul Tortelier in Salzburg, Nice and Stuttgart, where she achieved the highest honours for performance.

Debut recitals in London, an invitation to join Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s avant garde chamber group, “The Fires of London”, and a standing ovation at the QEH for her performance of “Vesalii Icones”, led to concerts throughout the UK, Europe, Latin America and Canada. She has broadcast on BBC, ITV and French radio and appeared in BBC2’s Tortelier’s Master Class series.

Lesley’s broad vision of repertoire and skills has led to a wide range of musical partnerships. She has collaborated with dancers: “Dance Umbrella Festival”, organists, Robin Walker and Christopher Kent: a rich festivity of Bach: visual artist, Rachel Gadsden in: “Shamal’, a stirring evocation of survival: Russian pianist, Yekaterina Lebedeva in: “Fusion”: film, photography and music; and has appeared as guest artist on the QE2 and with the Choir of The Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. Her recordings include “Cello in Song” with pianist Antony Saunders, and “This Holy Earth”, music by Charles Camilleri.

In tandem with her performance career, Lesley has for many years accompanied and taught cello and piano; coached both instrumentalists and singers; and developed aural training skills. In addition, she has mentored and examined for the Associated Board and adjudicated for The National Chamber Music Competition and the Deutsche Jugend Musiziert. In recent months she has maintained an online music room and is happy to engage with an online presence for Festivals.

She has been an adjudicating member of the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2012.

Irene Grant Jones

Vocal

Irene won the soprano prize at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in North Wales as a teenager before continuing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music under Flora Nielsen and Clara Taylor and being awarded the Parepa Rosa prize.

Irene’s work covers opera, oratorio, solo recitals and musical theatre. Most recent performances include the Messiah, Carmina Burana, Bach Cantata 51 and operatic arias from Carmen, La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, Russalka, Gianni Schicchi, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as many of the show songs from musicals and soloist at Bedford’s Proms in the Park. Her performances of the Strauss ‘Four Last Songs’ in her own English translation can be heard on Youtube.

Currently writing a book on voice production and teaching, she enjoys leading vocal and choral workshops where her master classes have been both educational and fun for all ages.

Her CD ‘Handle With Care’ of popular songs and piano music, has raised over £20,000 for children’s charities. She has QTS status, a degree in drama, dance and English cultural studies and is an adjudicator with The British and International Federation of Festivals. She enjoys incorporating impromptu vocal workshops and interacting with the audience. During the lockdown Irene has performed LIVE songs and music from her front room every Sunday morning for an hour.

She has composed over 300 poems, some published, from serious to humorous topics. Irene wrote the text for ‘The Human Race’, an oratorio by Tim Grant-Jones, her husband. Recently Irene has completed the lyrics for a musical based on a true story by Peter Gladwin, ‘Out of the Ashes’.

During the lockdown Irene’s family have been sharing live music sessions from their front room every Sunday morning on their Facebook page Grant-Jones Musical Services.

Available for Adjudicating at Virtual Festivals.

Luan Shaw

Piano, Woodwind, Recorder

Luan has been an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2001. Her portfolio career spans more than 25 years, involving solo, orchestral, and chamber music performance, recording for television and radio, instrumental, classroom and ensemble teaching and workshop facilitation. For more than a decade, Luan has worked as a Diploma examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and was a recording artist for their 2018-21 clarinet syllabus. In addition to performing with the CBSO, Manchester Camerata, BCMG, Opera North and Longborough Festival Opera, Luan was Co-principal Clarinet with Orchestra of the Swan from 2007-2021.

Luan is Interim Vice Principal, Music (Learning and Teaching) and Director of Postgraduate Studies at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she has taught since 2011. She was the Conservatoire’s first Head of Pedagogy, significantly expanding RBC’s provision for instrumental teacher education. Luan was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2018 in recognition of this work and her doctoral research focuses on facilitating the transition from student to professional through instrumental teacher education in conservatoires.