BA (Hons), FISTD, Dip LCDD, RAD (RTS), MIDTA, AUKA
Karen trained at London College of Dance and Drama, and on graduating taught and choreographed at home and abroad both professionally and for cruises. She then spent 16 years building a successful school in Devon, teaching the ISTD, RAD, IDTA and UKA syllabi in 8 dance genres.
Karen is a senior examiner for the Classical Greek Dance Faculty of the ISTD and a former committee member. She studied Greek dance as a child, and still really values it as an important part of today’s classical dance training. She has helped to produce examination syllabi and DVD’s for the Classical Greek Faculty’s examinations and training. Karen also examines for the Modern Theatre and Tap Faculties of the ISTD, and has taught and examined this extensively abroad.
Working in both state and private education, she has taught and examined GCSE, A level and Btec Dance, Music and Performing Arts. She teaches at Totnes School of Dance and also works as head of the teachers training course at the school’s ISTD approved dance centre in Devon.
Many of Karen’s pupils have gone to full time training and to work and perform professionally in ballet companies, the west end, musical theatre tours and cruises and others are teaching in the UK and abroad. As well as her teaching and examining commitments Karen has been personally involved in all festival disciplines, as a performer, teacher and organiser, and she is vice chairman of Torbay and South West of England Festival.
A registered teacher for both the ISTD and RAD, Karen is an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals and on the panel of the All England Dance Competition.
GRSM (Hons), LRAM, LTCL, Royal Society of Musicians
Nadia graduated from the Royal Academy of Music after having studied the violin with Manoug Parikian and the piano with Jean Harvey. She was awarded first prize for Aural studies and her quartet won the string chamber prize in her final year. Nadia was the featured soloist playing the Lark Ascending and Bach double violin concerto for the Benslow Trust at St. James’ Piccadilly having been awarded an instrument to continue her studies. Other concertos in her repertoire include performances of the Mendelssohn, Mozart no.3 and 4, Haydn in C, De Beriot, Viotti, and works by Beethoven and Finzi.
She began her career as a freelance violinist playing in many London based orchestras. As an accompanist to singers and instrumentalists, she met her musician husband Nigel and together they founded the Veloce Ensemble (string quartet and clarinet quintet) touring throughout Britain. Appearances at festivals and stately homes inspired a regular concert series at Belvoir Castle and Holme Pierrepont Hall. As a recitalist on violin and piano throughout the East Midlands, Nadia has been highlighted in festivals and BBC features locally.
She is also currently the owner and director of the Hinson School of Music in Nottingham, and is an International examiner for the ABRSM, an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, and a member of the Royal Society of Musicians.
Nadia has recently been appointed a senior consultant for the LEAD Academy trust, involved in developing music departments in schools in Nottinghamshire, and leading workshops to encourage and involve as many youngsters as possible in experiencing music and the arts in large scale productions and showcase concerts.
Hon TCL, MA (Oxon), ARCM, PGCA, PGCE
After early studies on the piano and clarinet, Luise Horrocks graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English before moving on to study singing on an Advanced Studies Course at the Royal College of Music in London.
She has performed extensively as a Soprano Soloist throughout the UK and Europe. While specialising primarily in Oratorio, she has also given many Song Recitals and has appeared on the opera stage at Buxton Opera House. She has also sung in a series of concerts and Recitals in South Africa and the USA. She has made several recordings and her BBC broadcasts include performances of Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and works by Goehr.
Luise has held positions as a teacher in both the Junior and Senior departments of the Birmingham Conservatoire and as a visiting lecturer at Birmingham University. She runs an extensive private teaching practice and is regularly asked to give Master classes, choral workshops, presentations and teacher sessions both at home and abroad. She has worked as a Vocal Coach on several residential courses for singers and as a mentor on the CT ABRSM teacher training course. She has also coached and conducted the Wyre Forest Young Voices choir and worked as an external moderator for Artis, a company providing performing arts projects in schools.
As Associate Chief Examiner in Music for Trinity College London, Luise travelled extensively and worked on syllabus setting, training and standardising the examiner panel, planning and delivering conferences and designing Aural and Improvisation tests. Now working as a freelance consultant, she continues to have special responsibility for singing at Trinity and is leading projects with diploma examiners and teacher support. Latest publications include a series of books of Musical Theatre repertoire with colleague John Gardyne and choosing songs and writing the teaching notes for a new series of graded song books. In 2016 she was awarded an Hon TCL.
She is a highly experienced adjudicator member of the British & International Federation of Festivals and was recently privileged to be an adjudicator for the inaugural Olga and Jules Craen Young Musician of the Year award in Mumbai, India and for the first Maltese Islands Festival in Valletta, Malta as well as adjudicating and running workshops at the Singapore Performing Arts Festival.
BA (Hons), BA (Ed), MA, MEd, PG Dip (Ed), FRSA, FESB, FLCM, LRAM, LGSM (Perf), LTCL (Perf), LLCM (TD), LLAM (Hons), ATCL Cert Ed (Drama)
Stephen trained as a teacher of Drama, Speech and Movement at Trinity and All Saints’ College, University of Leeds. After qualifying, he then studied for a number of years with Eliner Rutherford, gaining specialist teaching and performance diplomas in all aspects of Speech and Drama Studies. As well as being responsible for the drama curriculum in the schools where he worked, he also taught pupils of all ages and abilities privately, from complete beginners to Licentiate (RAM) and Fellowship (LCM) level. He became an examiner for The English Speaking Board and The Poetry Society and adjudicated at many Festivals throughout the country.
In 1985 he was appointed to the headship of a primary school in Derbyshire, an experience he thoroughly enjoyed for the next twenty-two years. It was during this period that he became a Religious Education inspector for the Roman Catholic diocese of Hallam. After retiring from school in 2007 he was appointed as an examiner for The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and also resumed his work as an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.