Adjudicators' Biographical Notes
Timothy Barratt, ARAM, GRSM, LRAM. ARCM, LmusTCL. Timothy Barratt studied on a Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, winning many major awards, and completed his studies with Vlado Perlemuter, himself a pupil of Ravel, in Paris and with Geoffrey Parsons.
He has toured and broadcast extensively in the UK, and abroad as soloist, accompanist and chamber music player. Whilst still a student he developed a special interest in song accompaniment through playing for Master classes at Aldeburgh, subsequently partnering such artists as Dame Felicity Lott, Stephen Varcoe and Robert White. In addition, instrumentalists he has worked with include Jack Brymer, Bradley Creswick and Haaken Hardenberger,
Teaching forms a major part of his musical life and he enjoys working with pupils of all ages and levels. He was a lecturer and Vocal Coach at both RAM and TCL for many years and is now Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College and a teacher at Junior Academy. He frequently directs Master classes and teachers’ workshops, most recently in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia and is a busy Competition and Festival adjudicator.
An ANRSM examiner since 1991, he has been a Trainer of new examiners for many years and was recently appointed Consultant Moderator. Other work for the AB includes co-writing the Board’s Teaching Notes on Piano Exam pieces, presenting Seminars and acting as a mentor on the CT ARRSM Course.
Major (Retired) Tim Cooper MA psm. Tim joined the Army in 1977 as an oboist. After three years training at The Prince of Wales's Division School of Music and The Royal Military School of Music he served with The Gloucestershire Regiment in Hampshire, Germany and Cyprus. In 1983 he returned to Wales as an instructor and was subsequently selected for the Bandmasters' course at The Royal Military School of Music. On graduation he took up the appointment of Bandmaster of the Gordon Highlanders stationed in Berlin. In 1994 he joined The Band of The Life Guards in London having completed the 5-month Household Cavalry equitation course. Tim was commissioned in 2000 and returned to the Prince of Wales's Division as Director of Music, in 2003 he was attached to the Close Support Medical Regiment in Iraq during the 2nd Gulf War. In June 2006 Tim returned to the Household Cavalry and was appointed Director of Music of The Band of The Blues and Royals. Tim retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to the South Coast, where he is an active member of the music scene, conducting, adjudicating, playing and teaching the oboe. Tim is the music co-coordinator for the West Sussex Branch of The Army Benevolent Fund Soldiers’ Charity organizing the annual fund raising concert at Chichester Festival Theatre.
During 33 years in the Army Tim has had the privilege of performing at many State Occasions and major events; Trooping The Colour, The Ceremony of The Garter, Buckingham Palace Investitures, Windsor Castle State Visits, The Lord Mayor’s Show, Edinburgh and Basel Tattoos, Royal Ascot, Epsom Derby, FA Cup Finals, tour leader of The Columbia Artists’ tour of North America, conducting the Massed Bands of The Household Cavalry at the Royal Festival Hall, and the Orchestra of the Household Division with Haley Westenra at the Albert Hall.
Jacquelyn Fugelle studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama She was a prize winner in the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Competition and was given a prestigious Royal Society of Arts Decca Prize which enabled her to complete her studies in Rome and Vienna.
She gave her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1991 as Arbate in Mozart’s Mitridate to wide critical acclaim. She was invited to perform this role at the Teatro Regio, Turin and later returned to the Royal Opera House to undertake such roles as Falcon in Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Bernard Haitink) and then a revival of Mitridate (Paul Daniel). She has also worked with Kent Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera and for the Carl Rosa Opera Company. Roles include Countess (Marriage of Figaro), Electra (Idomineo), Mimi (La Boheme), Rosalinde (Fledermaus) and Turandot.
Since 1998 Jacquelyn has been soprano soloist on P & O’s ‘Classical Cruises’ hosted by Classic FM comperes. She has sailed many times across the globe performing repertoire from Victorian ballads to Grand Opera. Each cruise ends with a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta or an oratorio with a chorus of around one hundred.
Oratorios including over twenty performances of Handel’s Messiah including at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Brahms Requiem, Verdi Requiem and Creation at the Royal Festival Hall; Carmina Burana at the Barbican; soprano soloist in a special performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah at ST. Paul’s Cathedral, conducted by Kurt Masur.
Other notable performances include Rossini Stabat Mater (Iceland), Mozart Requiem (Gran Canaria), Dixit Dominus (Malta), Israel in Egypt (Stockholm), Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise (Paris), Bach B Minor Mass (St. Mark’s, Venice), Judas Maccabaeus (Lichtenstein) and Samson (Meistersingers Hall, Nuremberg).
Recitals and Concerts including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and LSO St. Luke’s and for BBC Radio 3 with pianists Roger Vignoles, John York, John Reid and Terence Allbright; Schubert’s ‘Shepherd on the Rock’ with Anthony Pay and Levon Chilingirian at the Royal Academy of Music; guest soloist on with the BBC Concert Orchestra in over sixty concerts both on tour and on Radio2s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ with conductors such as Roderick Dunk, Robin Stapleton and Barry Wordsworth.
Other notable concerts with the BBC Concert Orchestra include a Celebration of English Song from the Haymarket Theatre, Drury Lane, and a live broadcast from the Mermaid Theatre in London together with her daughter, West End musical theatre star Abigail Jaye. Television appearances include broadcasts in Hilversum, Stockholm, Rome, Hungary and on ITV’s ‘Highway’.
Teaching and adjudicating, Jacquelyn is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and is an adjudicator with the British and International Federation of Festivals. She teaches singing and gives workshops and master classes in opera, light music, English, Italian, French, Spanish and German song, oratorio and music theatre both in the UK and abroad.
Thomas Hodge MBE BMus(Hons) LRSM AMusTCL CTABRSM. Tom is currently serving as the Corps Bandmaster in the Royal Marines Band Service and the Musical Director of the Southdowns Concert Band.
One of his notable achievements is the award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal in recognition of his musical abilities.
During his career, he has worked as the Pianoforte teacher at the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth. At the School, he was privileged to have had the opportunity to be involved with World renowned Musicians such as Tasmin Little, Peter Donahoe and Marin Alsop.
As the Corps Bandmaster, one of his roles is examining at the Royal Marines School of Music at level one, two and three of the BMus(Hons) degree course.
Last year (2012), Tom was awarded the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Arthur Robson, M.Mus, B.Ed (Hons), LRAM, ATCL. Arthur Robson is Principal Lecturer in Music and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Chichester where he teaches Composition and Choral work and runs a number of choirs. He has just developed a Masters Level course in Choral Studies. He has a wide range of choral experience, both in the mixed voice and upper voices traditions. Whilst teaching in secondary schools he ran girls’ choirs and the West Sussex Boys’ Choir. Over the years he has worked regularly abroad with other choirs and conductors and his travels have taken him to Hungary, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Belgium, Holland, Iceland and America. He works tirelessly to enthuse all his students to enjoy the experience of singing, and sincerely believes that choral singing is vital to happiness and health. With this in mind he regularly runs Singing Days for amateur enthusiasts so they can experience the joy of singing together.
Arthur is a published composer and his compositions include, String Quartet revised 2001; “Everyone Sang” a Cantata for Soprano Soloist, Chorus and large orchestra; “Anthenian Woods” Trio for Flute, Violoncello and Piano; “Twin Spires” a Choral Fantasy for Orchestra and Choir; “Golden Rules” a dance suite for chamber orchestra.
Laura Symonds, PGCA. Laura Symonds trained as a dancer with the late Letty Littlewood, and went on to become a student at the Royal Ballet School. A musical theatre course followed at the Arts Educational School and she attended private drama lessons at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama throughout her youth.
Her first work in theatre was as a dancer appearing in many West End musicals and television shows for both BBC and ITV.
She has worked with choreographers such as Paddy Stone, Irving Davies, Norman Maen, Lionel Blair and others. She gradually turned from just dancing to taking solo roles in musicals - understudying Judi Dench in the show “Cabaret”, at the Palace Theatre - playing Princess in ”Aladdin” with Bruce Forsyth, and taking other roles such as Cinderella, Beauty in “Beauty and the Beast”, and many other musicals in various theatres around the country.
Laura was the resident singer on the Roy Castle Show for two years with BBC 1 and made several records for the Phillips label.
Her teaching experience is wide and varied - working for Letty Littlewood at the Associated Arts School for five years, mainly teaching work for festivals. During this time she won the Choreographic Cup in the All England Competition.
Since then Laura has been a freelance teacher and choreographer. She is a full member of British Actors Equity and on the panel of All England Dance. Recently she has been awarded a Postgraduate Certification in Adjudication from Bretton Hall, affiliated to Leeds University.
Church Choirs - Arthur Robson, M.Mus, B.Ed(Hons), LRAM, ATCL
Composition – n/a in 2013
Dance - Laura Symonds, PGCA
Guitars - Gary Ryan
Orchestras, Bands - Thomas Hodge
Pianoforte - Timothy Barratt, ARAM, GRSM, LRAM. ARCM, LmusTCL
Recorders - (to be advised)
Speech & Drama - (to be advised)
Strings - Robert Bailey
Woodwind - Tim Cooper
Adult Singing - Arthur Robson, M.Mus, B.Ed(Hons), LRAM, ATCL
Junior Singing - Arthur Robson, M.Mus, B.Ed(Hons), LRAM, ATCL