Music in the Vale has been very fortunate to have had the support from the Adjudicators listed below in 2005.
We are looking for new Adjudicators each year and would welcome anyone who may be interested to contact us.
Jeanette Massocchi :
Of Italian/Welsh parentage, Jeanette Massocchi was educated in Llandovery and later studied singing and piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music during which time she was chosen as soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales; also her interest in French song was enhanced by appearing in a masterclass given by Pierre Bernac, the specialist in this genre.
Freelance work followed, performing in both skills with opera companies, choral societies, radio and television. Her work abroad has taken her to Canada, Germany, Italy and Jordan.
One time répétiteur with the Opéra de Genève, she later became Senior Lecturer at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and currently is accompanist for the Welsh National Opera Male Choir, the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Jeanette enjoys great success as a singing teacher and vocal coach, working with some of today’s opera and concert artists, and is in constant demand as an accompanist and adjudicator. She leads a number of voice workshops and covers for choral societies, even finding time to run her own choir. Was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1993 for her services to music. (Nov 2002)
Alun John :
Having completed a science degree at the University of Wales, Cardiff, Alun John won a piano scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music in London where he studied piano and conducting. A short period of teaching followed, before joining the BBC. As a music producer, Alun produced programmes with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, chamber music ensembles, solo recitals and series of programmes with young artists, for Wales and London. A highlight of his BBC career was receiving a Sony Award for one of the best recorded music programmes.
In addition to his BBC career Alun was conductor of the Morriston Tabernacle Choir for nearly 30 years, founder conductor of Côr Meibion De Cymru and worked with choirs in Melbourne Australia. He has also been guest conductor with major symphony orchestras. In 1997, he was appointed conductor of Bridgend National Eisteddfod Choir, which was later reformed as Côr Bro Ogwr. He has wide experience as an adjudicator in the UK and abroad, including music festivals in Suva, the Fijian islands and Malta. He initiated the Texaco Young Musician of Wales competition and is now Chairman of the Adjudicating Panel.
In 2003, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama for the “distinguished contribution made to his profession”. He is also a trustee of the Ryan Davies memorial Fund, which supports postgraduate students in music, drama and theatre.
Since leaving the BBC, Alun has concentrated on teaching, conducting, adjudicating and accompanying. (May 2005)
Mair Roberts :
Mair Roberts was born and brought up in London and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and the Italia Conti Stage School. She worked for several years in theatre, cabaret and pantomime in and around London working with people like Cyril Fletcher, Jimmy Perry, Anthony Newley and Ruth Madoc.
It was television that took Mair to Cardiff working with Ryan and other well known personalities. She settled in Cardiff and continued to work in television while bringing up a family.
At this time she also formed a mixed choir, Cantorion Creigiau and is still its soloist and Musical Director. The membership is around 85-90 and the choir gives concerts every fortnight and has toured abroad regularly to Brittany, Italy, Ireland and Vienna. It has also been successful in winning numerous competitions both at home and abroad including the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Side by side with this she was carving out a career as a soloist giving many concerts with leading choirs such as Pontardulais, Llanelli and Treorchy Male Voice Choirs.
Mair is also much in demand as a conductor of singing festivals (Gymanfa Ganu) and adjudicates at local and national level all over Wales. During her career she has undertaken many concert tours abroad including Hong Kong, Canada and Australia which included performing at the Sydney Opera House. (Jul 2005)