Adjudicators 2019

Speech and Drama Classes

Susan Mackay, ALAM, LLAM, LLAM(TD)

For 10 years Susan Mackay ran The Fylde Stage School teaching levels of RAD and ISTD dance and LAMDA Speech and Drama before graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama having been awarded the James Bridie Gold Medal.  After many seasons in Repertory Theatre, touring with TIE companies and working on TV and Radio, she decided that it was time to realise other dreams. She now directs Upstage Drama, teaching Speech and Drama to all ages, GCSE Drama, A Level Theatre Studies, Upstage Young Peoples Theatre and Bare Boards Theatre Company. She also works as a voice actor for animated short films. Susan has adjudicated at festivals all over the UK including Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight and Hong Kong. She runs weekly workshops all over the country on any aspect of Drama, is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and has served as a deputy on the Adjudicators Council.

Susan sees her role as an adjudicator as a combination of bringing new ideas and approaches to text and performance as well as fresh encouragement to every participant. She feels that everyone should leave a festival with a sense of achievement.

Music Classes

Malcolm Green, DipRAM, GRSM (Hons), LRAM, ARCM, PGC(A)

Malcolm Green was educated at the Royal Academy of Music, where he obtained a First Class Degree and the prize for the best student on the course, together with the award of the Recital Diploma on clarinet, the Academy's highest performance award. He has played in the English National Opera and Ulster orchestras and given recitals in the Purcell Room and at the Harrogate International Festival. Many of his former pupils play professionally, whilst former pupils who have gone into other fields include the former England test captain Alastair Cook and “Pub Landlord” Al Murray!

Malcolm left his post as Head of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion at Bedford School last year in order to devote more time to performing and adjudicating. He is a former Chairman of the Bedfordshire Orchestral Society and is currently Vice President of the Bedfordshire Music Festival. He has been the principal clarinet in the Bedford Sinfonia for over twenty years and has performed both the Finzi and Copland Concertos with the orchestra. His hobbies are walking, in which he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and been to Everest base camp, and cycling, in which he has won the Mersey Roads 24-hour event, covering 460 miles. He is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and adjudicates throughout the country. He is looking forward to his visit and wishes all performers well.

Maria Jagusz, GRNCM

Maria Jagusz trained as a dancer before taking up a place at the Royal Northern College of Music where she was awarded the Ricordi Prize for Opera. Further scholarships enabled her to continue her studies at the National Opera Studio. As a singer Maria has worked as soloist for most of the leading opera companies in the UK and Europe. Her roles include Carmen, Cherubino, Orlofsky, Hansel, Dorabella and Rosina. She has performed with many of the world's leading singers including Domingo, Carreras, Freni and Dame Felicity Lott. Her last role was Filipevna in Eugene Onegin for Mid Wales Opera this spring. She is a keen recitalist and a regular soloist for choral societies in the UK.

As a teacher Maria has specialised in training students who are hoping to have professional careers in the world of opera and musical theatre. In order to give them the experience they need to succeed in this cut-throat industry she formed MJ-UK Music and Arts, where her students are given the opportunity to acquire performing experience both in concert and on stage.

Maria has worked for the education department for Longborough Festival Opera for the past ten years. She has just completed over thirty workshops introducing opera to schoolchildren.

She travels all over the country leading workshops and master classes for singers.

She has been awarded honorary chairman of the Silurian Consort for her contribution to music in the Cotswolds.