Your Adjudicators for the Birmingham Music Festival 2019 are:

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Caroline Tyler


Award-winning concert pianist Caroline Tyler has performed at venues including the Barbican Hall in London, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Enka Auditorium in Istanbul and the Martinu Hall and British Embassy in Prague.


She graduated from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a first-class honours degree and a Masters degree with Distinction in piano performance.


Caroline is the winner of various piano competitions including the Anglo-Czech Trust competition, the Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize and the Norah Sande competition.


She has enjoyed giving piano masterclasses, ensemble coaching and private lessons in Istanbul and the UK. Caroline is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals and examines for ABRSM.

Ann Martin-Davis


Ann Martin-Davis’ love of 20th century and contemporary art crosses all genres and this has led to a career in pursuit of new ways of presenting solo piano and chamber music.   Her innovative programmes have ‘reinvigorated  chamber music’ (The Times) and her work in this area was recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society when 'Sound Bites' was nominated alongside Glyndebourne Opera and BCMG for the prestigious Audience Development Award.
Her reputation in the world of chamber music is wide and various; she has curated concerts at numerous venues and has performed twentieth century and contemporary repertoire throughout the world. All of her programmes involve newly commissioned plastic art, literature or music.  Her most recent cross-genre programme, Mr James’ Garden toured throughout Mexico and the UK.
In addition to her piano performing and producing work,  Ann coaches postgraduate and doctoral students at the University of Oxford and gifted young students at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.   She is also an examiner, trainer and presenter for ABRSM.
Ann is also much in demand as an adjudicator and as a public speaker.  Her ‘teaching notes live’ videos have been highly acclaimed and she regularly conducts piano teacher training seminars for ABRSM in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and most recently Vietnam.

"A compelling ambassador for classical music."   
The Sunday Times

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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 - 4.  

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. 

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