Our Adjudicators

SUSAN CLARK

MA(Cantab), MA(OU), ARCM, PGDip (RCM), CT ABRSM, LRSM
Pianist, accompanist, piano teacher, examiner and adjudicator

London based musician Susan Clark is an experienced performer, teacher and ABRSM examiner.

She is available for solo recitals and accompanying both singers and instrumentalists for recitals and examinations.

Susan is also available to adjudicate music festivals and is a member of the British Federation of Music Festivals.

BENJAMIN COSTELLO

MA, PGDip, BMus, FRSA

Ben is a freelance musical director, adjudicator, singing coach and accompanist, working internationally. He is also Artistic Director of Thames Concerts, Founding Director of Kingston Chamber Singers, Chorus Master for the Leith Hill Musical Festival, Musical Director of Southampton Choral Society, and on the faculty of Laine Theatre Arts, with occasional visits to Trinity Laban and Mountview Academy. Over a twenty-year freelance career he has been a musical director on numerous productions across the U.K. and remains a guest conductor and workshop leader with various choirs.

Ben judges at festivals internationally as a generalist music adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, with recent and forthcoming visits to adjudicate or perform in Southern Africa, China, Belgium, Sri Lanka, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Italy and Ireland.

A specialist in musical theatre, Ben has worked for Arts Ed (London), Laine Theatre Arts, Guildford School of Acting, the London College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban, Mountview Academy, Drama Studio London, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Countless of his former singing students enjoy successful careers in the West End and beyond.

Born and based in London, Ben trained initially as a flautist, and subsequently majored in piano, singing and conducting. His early career included répétiteur work with the London Symphony Orchestra, together with various London theatre and opera groups and he remains much sought-after as an outstanding accompanist in musical theatre repertoire. He continues to collaborate with countless singers and instrumentalists in concerts and other performing environments.

Ben is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, organising and chairing the Company’s annual musical direction scholarship

VIVIENNE REDFORD

LLAM, MSTSD (Adj)

Vivienne has studied Speech and Drama since the age of four and has been teaching the subject since 1980. She is Head of Speech and Drama at a large independent girl’s school in Bedford. As well as teaching full time she is also the Principal of the Redford School of Speech and Drama, established in 1982, training children and adults of all ages in all aspects of the performing arts and communication. Many of her former students are now performing in TV, film and theatre around the world and in major West End productions, the Globe, the RSC and the National Theatre. Others are pursuing careers as teachers of Speech and Drama.

Vivienne has produced and directed a diverse range of musical and theatrical productions recently including ‘Moondial’, ‘Peter Pan’, ‘Antigone’, ‘The Dreaming’ by Howard Goodall, ‘Blitz!’ by Lionel Bart, ‘Hairspray’, ‘Skellig’ and ‘The Chrysalids’. She particularly enjoys writing and devising original and creative theatre with her senior students. For the past eighteen years, she has organised and directed a widely-acclaimed summer school for students 7 to 21, which culminates in a commissioned play written for, and performed by, the students who attend.

Vivienne is an examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, a member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama and an Adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals travelling extensively throughout the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. She is a former secretary and now a Vice-President of the Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama which has given her a clear understanding and insight into the work, energy and commitment that Festival organisers, teachers and pupils put into making their Festivals a success.

JANE WILKINSON

BMus(Hons), (RSAMD), GradDip RCM

English soprano Jane Wilkinson grew up on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire and began her vocal training with singing teacher Brenda Waddington. After a year studying with Barbara Robotham, she was accepted in 2002 to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, on the Bachelor of Music course with Helen Lawson. Jane then studied as a post graduate at the Royal College of Music, London, with Jennifer Smith. Her current teacher is Jane Irwin.

Jane is an experienced performer in all aspects of singing – opera, recitals, concerts, choral singing and competitions. She currently sings and teaches in London.

Jane recently was short listed for the BBC Radio 2 Kiri Te Kanawa Prize. She was lucky enough to sing for Dame Kiri in a masterclass at the Royal College of Music.