Music in the Vale has been very fortunate to have had the support from the Adjudicators listed below in 2014.
We are looking for new Adjudicators each year and would welcome anyone who may be interested to contact us.
Sian Winstanley: Local girl Sian Winstanley is a versatile performer who has worked with opera companies and leading orchestras across Britain and abroad.
She graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2009 having attained the highest mark every year and continued her studies at Vlaamse Opera Studio in Belgium for which she was supported by a bursary from the International Opera Awards. Sian has featured on BBC Proms, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales, Radio France and Radio Nacional de Espangna. Concert highlights include Britten's Les Illuminations with the Granada Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Fantasie at the St-Denis Festival in Paris, Handel's The Messiah with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and various works with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Her favourite guise is that of vocalist in a guitar and voice duo with Stephen Gordon with whom she performs a range of baroque and classical music in intimate settings. Recently invited to become an Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera, with whom she made her debut last year, she is now taking only concert engagements with a view to preparing for the arrival in December of her first child.
Lynn Boudreau: Canadian soprano Lynn Marie Boudreau studied voice in Toronto at York University, The Royal Conservatory of Music and two opera studios. Her operatic roles in Toronto include, Lucy in The Telephone, Donna Elvira, Musetta, Gilda, Pamina, Fiordiligi and Rosalinda. Lynn was featured in a documentary for Don Giovanni and performed on City TV and appeared in concert with Andy Williams.
Since moving to the UK, Lynn’s operatic roles include Masha in Cheryomushki, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, the title role in Carmen, Musetta, Gianetta in the Gondoliers, Violetta, Norina, Despina, title role in Donizetti’s Rita, Mozart’s Bastienne and Handel’s Galatea. Lynn has performed across the UK and Europe with opera productions and further afield to Asia, Africa and the Middle East in numerous opera concerts to include performances for royalty. Lynn also frequently works with Welsh National Opera in opera workshops, performing highlights from their current season and joined the Welsh National Opera chorus for their recent production of Moses and Aron.
Her oratorio repertoire includes Saient-Sans’s Christmas Oratorio, Braham’s Requiem, Schubert’s Song of Miriam, Handel’s Messiah, Verdi Requiem and Haydn’s Creation.
Vocal technique is a passion of hers and runs the Vocal Arts Studio in Penarth and leads vocal workshops in London. Lynn is also studying psychotherapy and is working with artists to realise their performance potential.
ARAM ,BMus LRSM LTCL
Head of Brass and Percussion Studies, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Kevin Price was born in Wellington New Zealand and studied at Otago University while working as a freelance musician with Auckland Philharmonia and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He moved to London after winning a three-year Associated Board Scholarship for postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. Kevin freelanced with London orchestras while studying from 1989-1991 and was subsequently appointed Principal Trombone of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he enhanced his orchestral schedule with brass and percussion outreach and educational projects in combination with teaching positions at Chetham's School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music until 2005.
Kevin was appointed Head of Brass and Percussion Studies at RWCMD in September 2005, a role which enables him to develop his interests in brass and percussion chamber music, historical performance, educational outreach, brass and percussion teaching methods and Performance Practice. RWCMD Symphonic Brass and Percussion has developed a professional role, performing recitals, outreach and educational concerts throughout the academic year with particular emphasis upon the development and support of young brass and percussion players.
Christiana Mavron: Originally from Aberystwyth, Chrissie studied music for seven years in London; first with a Government scholarship to the Purcell School and then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, leading various ensembles, including the Purcell Chamber Orchestra for the London Haydn Festival and the Buckingham Palace Investiture Orchestra. After graduating in 2002 with a BMus from the Guildhall, Chrissie won a scholarship to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating with an MMus in 2003, with distinction in Performance.
Chrissie has been awarded a number of prizes including: Cavatina Chamber Music Prize, Philippa Yardley Award from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Haydn Davies Prize from the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, first prize in the National Eisteddfod and Junior Fellow in Chamber Music at RWCMD. In 2010-11, she was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Orchestral Leadership from the RWCMD, supported by the Sir Charles Mackerras scholarship.
As first violinist of the Mavron Quartet, formed in 2002, Chrissie performs regularly on stage at St David’s Hall, where, since 2010, the Mavron Quartet has been the first Ensemble in Residence, Chrissie has also played before members of the royal family and ministers at venues including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Foreign Office and Winfield House, London. Recent performances abroad with the Mavron Quartet have taken Chrissie to Italy, Brussels, Romania and Holland. Collaboration projects with the Mavron Quartet include recitals with Llyr Williams, harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, storyteller Liz Weir and clarinetist Michael Collins.
Freelancing as a violinist, she’s worked with many major artists. They include Kanye West for his Late Registration and Graduation UK Tours, as well as for the 2006 Brit Awards at Earls Court and shows at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre which involved recordings at 3 Mills and Abbey Road Studios; Katherine Jenkins on her Living A Dream, Serenade, Rejoice and Sacred Arias tours; and Russell Watson on his Outside In tour.
Chrissie enjoys multimedia projects and in 2014 she took part in the pilot performance, which included solo violin, of ‘Partishow’ by Peter Reynolds as part of his Creative Wales grant from the Arts Council of Wales. 2014 includes touring live performances of a new film score by Charlie Barber along side the 1928 silent film ‘The Fall of The House of Usher’. 2013 saw Chrissie performing with Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, from Strictly Come Dancing, on their ‘Anton and Erin Go to Hollywood’ tour. In 2012, she performed Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Professor Robin Stowell and the Welsh Sinfonia. Chrissie has been sub-principal since 2011 of the Welsh Sinfonia. In 2009 she collaborated and performed with the National Dance Company Wales Steve Reich’s Four Violin Phase at the Wales Millennium Centre.
As a 1st Violin extra player for the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Chrissie has played in many WNO productions, which include Wagner’s Die Meistersingers von Nürnberg with Bryn Terfel; a performance at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms 2010; and the Cardiff Singer of the World Competitions for the BBC. WNO’s 2012 season consisted of performances of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, which resulted in a performance at the Edinburgh International Festival. WNO’s 2014 season includes Verdi: La Traviata, Henze: Boulevard Solitude, Verdi: Nabucco and Bizet’s Carmen.
Chrissie is a regular deputy chamber music and violin tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Conservatoire and is also a frequent adjudicator for the Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year and local competitions.