Speech and Drama Classes
Vivienne Cunningham, LGSM
Vivienne trained with John Holgate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has taught speech and drama, public speaking and performance techniques to all ages both privately and in schools and colleges. Many of her pupils have achieved success in theatre, television and the film industry. She worked for many years as Head of Drama at Thorpe Hall School where the drama department established a strong reputation, winning numerous awards nationally and staging ambitious productions in the School's state of the art theatre. Vivienne loves to write plays and poetry and then watch them come alive on stage. She has also written several short stories and a novel.
Vivienne was an examiner for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama but particularly enjoys adjudicating. Having competed in festivals from the age of four, she now takes delight in encouraging students to share their work with an audience and experience the joy of performance. She is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Steven Roberts, M.Ed, BA (Hons), Cert.Ed, BBCM, CMS
Steven has been a music adjudicator since 2001; has sat on the Adjudicators Council and in 2017 was re-elected for his second term of office to the Board of Trustees. He is a busy professional; conducting, teaching and lecturing. He brings with him experience as a manager, knowledge of quality systems, business acumen and many years of leading change. He has successfully combined a career in education with his work as a conductor, musical director and adjudicator, working both in this country and in Europe and as far a field as Peru and Bahrain.
Steven has conducted numerous concerts throughout this country but also in Germany, France, Italy and the Czech Republic and with a variety of Choirs, ensembles and orchestras, winds bands and brass bands. He studied piano, brass and voice and has worked in a variety of musical settings. He has worked alongside actors and dancers on many projects and is keen to support the work of the Federation to maximise opportunities for performance. He enjoys working with his colleagues on the Board and the wider community of volunteers that help to keep our Festivals vibrant.
Having previously held the post of Director of External Relations at Barnsley College he has excellent communication skills and enjoys collaborative working.
Maria Jagusz, GRNCM
Maria Jagusz trained 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 where she worked with Solti, Dame Janet Baker and Martin Isepp. Since then she has performed as an operatic soloist for leading opera companies in the UK and Europe working alongside artists like Freni, Carreras, Domingo, Dame Felicity Lott and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
As a concert artist she has performed in many leading venues including The Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square, The Barbican, and Bonn Cathedral. In 2010 she was awarded honorary chairman of the Silurian Consort for her contribution to music in the Cotswolds.
When she is not performing Maria runs a very busy teaching practice, and many past students have gone on to have successful careers in the world of Opera and the performing arts. She is a much sought after singing workshop leader for both children and choirs. Her directing credits include Carmen (Swindon Opera and the Playhouse Cheltenham) Little Sweep, Dido and Aneas ,Sweeney Todd ,La Boheme and Orpheus ed Euridice (Longborough Festival Opera) West Side Story, Secret Garden and Jesus Christ Superstar (MJ-UK) .She is also a vocal tutor at ICMT (International College for Music Theatre) in London.
Future work includes devising and directing Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld “ for Longborough Festival Operas newly formed Youth Opera group. She has just finished directing a production of “Trial by Jury” on a cruise liner with 157 passengers.