Our Adjudicators



Bryan studied singing and piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, London and the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.  He now divides his time between London and Worcester, having performed for some years in continental opera houses.

Having spent some years as Head of Singing at Guildford School of Acting, he now teaches at Trinity Laban, runs a private teaching practise, gives workshops and masterclasses (‘belting’ to audition techniques), performs, adjudicates, examines for a music board, and also works as a ski instructor! Performances include TV and radio broadcasts, opera, oratorio and recital.

In 2005, Bryan was selected as a BIFF Adjudicator. Adjudication has taken him all over the world, including Hong Kong three times, Gibraltar, Trinidad and Tobago, and all around the UK. In 2012, Bryan was invited to become a music examiner: his most recent work was in India and Sri Lanka, and around the UK. His hobbies include all theatre, gardening, skiing and walking. Bryan is delighted to be at Derby Arts Festival again, having heard choral and vocal classes here some years ago.


NANCY LITTEN   LRAM (Piano), LRAM (Violin), ATCL (Voice), Cert Ed, FISM, FRSA

Nancy entered the Royal Academy of Music at age 16 on an open piano scholarship, winning prizes while there. Her teachers included Christopher Le Fleming, Julius Isserlis, Leslie England, Rex Stephens and Max Pirani. She also studied violin to a high level under Gillian Sansom, Lionel Bentley and Clarence Myerscough. She has performed as a soloist, chamber music and orchestral player on both instruments and is in much demand as a piano accompanist. She has taught in primary, secondary and specialist music schools, privately and on courses.

She has advised the FMS, ABRSM and Trinity exam board on electronic keyboard, had a series of keyboard tutors published by Alfred UK, and written many compositions for exam syllabuses. She was founder and director of National Electronic Keyboard Courses from 2005-2012.

Singing is another string to her bow, after having studied with the opera singer Jenny Miller, and she directs an adult chamber choir and a church choir. She has conducted choirs of various ages for her county music service.

Since 1998 she has been an ABRSM examiner, involving much travel in the UK and abroad. She is on the Management Committee of EPTA UK, is Chair of its Kent region and is an adjudicator with The British and International Federation of Festivals



Norma trained at the Northern College, researched at Leicester University and has performed in weekly Rep and professional tours. She examined internationally for Trinity College London and received the Chairman’s award for services to Trinity. In 2001 she was invited to join the Lamda panel of examiners and was co-author of a Lamda publication on Public Speaking.

Having left Lamda to reduce the amount of examining, in order to devote more time to her Festival work and adjudicating, she was approached by Vanguard examinations and now enjoys a limited amount of examining for them.  She has taught Voice Production to the Lay speakers in the Diocese of Peterborough and teaches a variety of ages in her private studio.

She is proud to be an adjudicating member of the British and International Federation of Festival and was delighted to be given a Fellowship in 2015.

Although many of her former students are pursuing successful acting careers in theatre and television, and others are qualified Drama teachers, her greatest joy is equipping students with life skills and the ability to take their place in society confidently.

She believes that the Festival Movement is a wonderful tool to help the confidence and development of all who enter, and she looks forward to sharing once again with all the students of Derby Festival in this celebration of their achievement.



Early training was received from the Hammond School Chester and from the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary dance plus the Andrew Hardy School of Ballet in London. Studies include classical ballet, contemporary (Martha Graham), national dance of the world, Classical Greek, tap, jazz, singing and musical theatre.

Professional performances include working with Ken Dodd, The Bluebell Girls, Cilla Black, The Beatles, Tommy Cooper, The Clark Brothers, Morecambe and Wise, Sandy Shaw, The Black Abbots, Morecambe and Wise and Billie Pearce. Choreographic work includes UK tour of Annie, London City ballet’s Carmen, European cabaret venues and cruise ship work, plus many British professional pantomimes.

Past and present students have danced with ballet companies that include Kirov ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Festival Ballet, National Ballet of China, Danish Royal Ballet, and Northern Ballet with many more students currently appearing on ITV and BBC television. Many have gained West End, radio, and worldwide cabaret contracts. Other student successes: Ballet master at Northern Ballet School, Rambert School of Dance, and the Hammond School Chester.

Francena has been an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2006, is an examiner and head of the technical committee for La Sociedad Independiente de Profesores de Baile en Europa and is a Life Member of the Royal Academy of Dance plus an All England Dance Adjudicator.