Your Adjudicators for the Birmingham Music Festival 2022 are:

Kathryn Page

“She played magnificently”

The Guardian

Kathryn Page has given over 20 recitals at the South Bank and Wigmore Hall, both as soloist and chamber music pianist. She has toured Norway, Italy, Ireland and Australia where she gave seven recitals at the Sydney Festival and broadcast for ABC.


At home Kathryn has performed at many of the leading music festivals and has given numerous live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 from Broadcasting House, St George’s, Bristol and St David’s Hall, Cardiff.


Her interest in contemporary music has led to many world premieres including works by Gary Carpenter, Alisdair Nicholson and Django Bates.


She has worked with many established artists including David Campbell, John Lenehan, Joanna MacGregor and Sting! TV work has ranged from a live recital from Paris on CNN, an appearance on the Korean broadcasting network, several performances on Irish TV and a much treasured Blue Peter badge.


In 1991 she recorded the complete set of six Mozart-Grieg duo sonatas for

BBC Radio 3.


In recent years, Kathryn has worked prolifically as a popular and busy adjudicator for the British Federation of Festivals, ABRSM examiner, and administrator for EPTA UK, the Chetham’s International Summer School for Pianists and the Manchester International Concerto Competition.


She has recorded Bartok’s Sonata for 2 Pianos, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Camilleri’s Concerto for 2 Pianos and Percussion with Murray McLachlan, and gave an acclaimed performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at Chetham’s.

Julian Hellaby PhD, MMus, BMus, LRAM, ARAM, studied piano with the distinguished pianist Denis Matthews and later at London’s Royal Academy of Music.


He has performed as solo pianist, concerto soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in continental Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and throughout the UK, including recitals in the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room.


He has broadcast for overseas television and radio and also for the BBC. Additionally, two-piano work with pianist Peter Noke has included performances across the UK, as well as in Hong Kong and China. Peter and Julian recently celebrated their twentieth anniversary as a duo with a concert in Steinway Hall, London.


Julian is an ABRSM examiner, reviewer and public presenter, as well as a former mentor for the ABRSM’s Certificate of Teaching course. He has taught academic music at Coventry University and London College of Music, and also has extensive experience of adjudicating and piano teaching, including in masterclass settings.


He has released several CDs for the ASC and MSV labels, and his book Reading Musical Interpretation was published by Ashgate in 2009. His second book, The Mid-Twentieth-Century Concert Pianist: An English Experience, was published by Routledge in 2018 and he is currently engaged in editing a multi-author compilation on the subject of topic theory and performance, also for Routledge.

Julian Hellaby

Adjudications at the Festival
The adjudication scheme at the Festival is…

There are six categories of assessment: 
●    OUTSTANDING (mark 90+): An exceptional performance both technically and artistically. A stimulating and persuasive performance showing stylistic flair and unobtrusive technical command. 
●    DISTINCTION (mark 87 - 89): An excellent performance technically and artistically demonstrating a high level of technical security and stylistic insight. 
●    COMMENDED (mark 84 – 86): A convincing performance technically and artistically.  An assured performance with clear evidence of tonal and stylistic qualities and instrumental features although there may be moments of imprecision.
●    MERIT (mark 81 – 83): A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability with a generally fluent performance with some awareness of tone and style. 
●    MODERATE (mark 78 – 80): A performance showing development of technique and/or communication.  A generally secure performance in notes and rhythm at a reasonable tempo but with limited attention to detail and tonal qualities. 
●    FAIR (mark 75 – 77): A performance limited in its communication with an overall need for artistic development. 

Participation certificates will be awarded to all competitors entering classes 1 - 3.  

Festival Certificates will also be awarded to the winner plus 2nd and 3rd placed competitors in each class (if applicable).  

Only class winners awarded a certificate will be eligible to receive a trophy. Only entrants receiving a mark of 85 or over will be eligible to receive a trophy. Second and third place certificates will only be awarded to classes with 6 or more participants.