Speech and Drama Classes
Stephen R Owen - BA(Hons), BA(Ed), MA, M(Ed), FRSA, FESB, FLCM, LRAM, LGSM(Perf), LLCM(TD), LLAM(Hons), ATCL, MSTSD, CertEd(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.
When not examining or adjudicating, Stephen's leisure time consists of seeing as many plays and operas as possible and also teaching his young grandchildren to swim properly and ride bikes (without stabilisers).
Christopher Field - MA(Cantab), ARAM, LRAM, ARCM
Christopher Field has enjoyed a widely varied musical career. As a schoolboy he sang at the coronation service of HM Queen in Westminster Abbey and played double bass in the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. While a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, he conducted the College Madrigal Choir and played in the University Orchestra. He continued his studies as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music and with Frederick Husler in Switzerland on an Arts Council of Great Britain postgraduate award.
His subsequent career as a schoolmaster at Dulwich College was combined with work as a concert baritone, choral conductor, composer and teacher of singing and double bass. For over forty years, various of his teaching works have appeared in the singing and double bass graded examination syllabuses of ABRSM, LCM, TCM and GSMD.
An experienced festival adjudicator and ABRSM diploma examiner, he conducts the City of London Chamber Choir, continues to teach singing and double bass, and has joined forces with the Plaegan Piano Quartet in performances of Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’. He was appointed an Associate of the RAM in 1993.
Christina Thomson - GRSM, LRAM, ARCM, PGCA
Christina studied horn, piano and singing at the Royal Academy of Music. A career in Bavaria followed, before she returned to London to perform and to teach at Harrow and the Purcell School. In 1991 she moved to Ripon, Yorkshire, where she teaches at the Choir School and Ampleforth College. She also has an extensive private practice encompassing ages 5 to 78! As well as being an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, Christina is an examiner for the ABRSM and is a Brass Mentor for the Associated Board’s professional development course.