Adjudicators for Gregynog Young Musicians Competition - 2018
David Theodore is a native of Caersws and attended school in Newtown and Shrewsbury. He studied the oboe at the Royal Academy and at the age of twenty was appointed Principal Oboe in the BBC Welsh Orchestra. From there he moved to the BBC Symphony Orchestra under its then music director Pierre Boulez specialising in contemporary music. Since then he has held various London principal positions including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the London Philharmonic where he played for twenty years.
He has made many recordings including the Vaughan Williams and Mozart Oboe Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra both for Chandos Records. He can also be heard playing on the soundtrack to many film and TV programmes. Credits include the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Harry Potter and the James Bond Movies. David is also a professor of the oboe at the Royal College of Music and has the distinction of being appointed a Fellow of the Royal Academy and the Guildhall School of Music.
Meurig studied piano with David Smith at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, concurrently completing a BMus honours degree at the University of Sheffield where he was awarded a Petrie Watson Exhibition to further his academic studies at the Universities of Harvard and Princeton in the USA. In a varied career in Music Education he has worked as a radio producer for BBC Wales, served as Senior Lecturer at the University Institute Cardiff and as a Registered Inspector of School for ESTYN. As a busy adjudicator, he has been involved in the North London Music festival. He is currently Director of Music at Badminton Junior School in Bristol.
For the past 22 years, he has served as an examiner, trainer and moderator for ABRSM conducting examinations and leading teacher seminars throughout Western Europe, South East Asia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA. Recently he toured Malaysia with violinist Yap Ling on behalf of ABRSM and retuned to Kuala Lumpur to adjudicate the Malaysian National Choral Eisteddfod. This year he will travel to Tiblisi, Georgia to conduct masterclasses at the British - Georgian Music Academy as well as participating in examination tours to China and India.
In 2012, Meurig was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and he is also an active member of MENSA.
Ieuan Jones’s mission has taken him around the world, transfixing audiences with his richly characterful playing - in Spain they dubbed him “Esplendoroso Jones”.
His flair is founded upon a solid basis of technique, acquired over years of study from the age of six to his studies at the Royal College of Music where he is now professor.
Ieuan Jones has toured the world with his harp. He has performed in more than 25 countries, appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras and has many recordings to his credit. At home he appears in all the major concert halls, the Albert Hall, Festival Hall, Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, St David’s Hall, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Queens Hall, with varied programmes that include works rarely played on the harp and often with other instruments such as the flute, violin, and a programme of harp quintets with string quartet.
OFFICIAL ACCOMPANIST ~ Conal Bembridge-Sayers
Welsh pianist and conductor Conal Bembridge-Sayers is currently finishing a fellowship in piano accompaniment at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he was previously a student. In addition to this role, Conal is a staff accompanist at the RWCMD Junior Conservatoire and the Oxenfoord International Summer School, He is official accompanist for the Gregynog Young Musician Competition, Urdd and National Eisteddfodau. Conal's recital performances have taken him to the Leeds Lieder Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Ludlow English Song Festival, St. Martin's in the Field, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, and St. David's Hall, as well as concerts for HRH Prince of Wales, Dame Shirley Bassey, and performances of The Bear at William Walton's estate, La Mortella on the island of Ischia. Conal has been privileged to and play for many outstanding musicians including Rebecca Evans, Adrian Thompson, Kathryn Harries, Gail Pearson, Eric Roberts, Rebecca Afonwy Jones, and Steffan Morris, in addition to accompanying masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau, Roderick Williams, Ann Murray, Anna Schwanewilms, Karen Cargill, Louise Alder, and Jamie Barton. As a soloist, Conal's concerto appearances include Richard Rodney Bennett's Party Piece, Shostakovich's 1st Piano Concerto, and Edward Gregson's Concertante for Piano and Brass Band, where after close consultation with the composer he gave the Welsh Premiere and second published performance. Conal is also an experienced répétiteur and conductor, with regular engagements at Welsh National Opera, Pop Up Opera, Charles Court Opera, and many smaller companies. A strong believer that music is for all, Conal delivers outreach on behalf of Music in Hospitals and Care, Live Music NOW, and WNO's Youth and Communities Department, where he has worked as a chorus master, repetiteur and vocal coach on recent WNO Youth Opera Productions
OFFICIAL ACCOMPANIST ~ Russell Medley
Russell Medley is a Senior Vocal Coach/Repetiteur in the School of Vocal and Opera Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He was born in Cheshire and studied piano from an early age. After his graduation from the RNCM where he studied piano, double bass, composition and conducting, he decided to specialise in accompaniment and spent two years of postgraduate study culminating in a Performer's Diploma with Distinction in Accompaniment.
Russell has spent many years in the coaching and accompaniment of singers and has travelled widely throughout the UK playing for recitals and Master Classes in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, the Cheltenham Festival and the Isle of Man. His career has also taken him abroad, performing in the Channel Islands, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
Russell has also been involved in many concerts as Assistant Chorus Master to the Halle Choir and Chorus Master of the RNCM Chamber Choir and Opera Chorus. Russell is also Musical Director of the Sale Choral Society, The Lindow Singers and the Northern England Chorale who have toured extensively abroad giving performances in Cyprus, Prague, Vienna and Bratislava.
For over 30 years Russell has been a national and international examiner for the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music.
ADJUDICATORS - Gregynog Young Musician of the Year Competition
2005 - Ieuan Jones, Susie Allen, Julian Whitaker
2006 - David Theodore, Liz Partridge, Iwan Llewellyn Jones
2007 - Hilary Finch, Euros Rhys Evans, Ben Hancox
2008 - Michael Harris, Jane Watts, Jonathon Price
2009 - Michael Harris, Euros Rhys Evans, Julian Jackson
2010 - David Theodore, Vanessa Latarche, Louise Hopkins
2011 - Sioned Webb, Richard Lewis, Lara James (Griffiths)
2012 - Michael Harris, Euros Rhys Evans, Louise Hopkins
2013 - David Theodore, Liz Partridge, Vannessa Latarche
Ian Jones, Chairman; David Greed, Gary Ryan, Meyrick Alexander, Cai Isfryn
Ieuan Jones, Chairman; Chris Hoyle, Michael Dussek, Jenni Phillips, Ewan Easton
Madeleine Mitchell, Kevin Price, Michael Harris, Terence Lloyd and Ieuan Jones
Madeleine Mitchell, Ian Fountain, Jenni Phillips, Mark Phillips and Ieuan Jones