Nailsea Festival of Music




Ailsa Howarth BA,PGCA

Ailsa was a multiple prize-winner at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied the piano with Max Pirani. A Norwegian Government Scholarship enabled her to study Norwegian music at Oslo University, and she followed this with a degree in Music and Norwegian at the University of East Anglia. She has taught at Downe House School, Berkshire, Cheltenham College Junior School and Dean Close School, Cheltenham. She retired from teaching at Cheltenham Ladies’ College in 2023 after 26 years. She continues to enjoy teaching in her highly regarded private practice. Her performance experience includes solo recital and accompaniment work in the UK and Europe. Fear of iPads (!) led to her recent retirement from examining Diplomas and Grades for the ABRSM after 35 years.


Anne Marshall MA,LRAM,PGCE

Anne grew up in a musical family on the Isle of Wight, conducting her first choir at 14 and taking part annually in the Isle of Wight Music Festival. She graduated from Liverpool University, where she studied piano, singing and viola, as well as developing a interest in composing.
Anne has combined a busy career as a Director of Music in comprehensive schools with singing, writing and arranging choral music. She has taught in Cheshire, London, Corby, Leicestershire, Rutland and Cheltenham, and is an experienced examiner at GCSE and A level music for the OCR board.
Her compositions and arrangements are performed regularly by the Cecilian Singers (directed by Jeremy Jackman) and many other UK choirs.
Now based in Cardiff, Anne has performed with the BBC National Chorus of Wales and Llandaff Cathedral Choir.
As a grades, diploma and jazz examiner for ABRSM, Anne frequently works internationally as well as training new examiners and fulfilling a moderator role for ABRSM in the U.K.
Anne has been an Adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2013. 


Elizabeth Emberson AGSM,CT,ABRSM

Soprano soloist, choral conductor and voice teacher, Elizabeth began singing lessons with Betty Middleton when she was eleven years old, and quickly established herself on the Festivals circuit in the North of England, winning many prizes in the process. At eighteen she went to the Guildhall School of Music, where she studied with Joyce Newton and Anna Berenska, spending a year on the Opera Course there.
Whilst at the Guildhall she won the English Song Prize, was a semi- finalist in the Susan Longfield Award and gained several scholarships for further study.
On leaving the Guildhall, she studied with Erich Vertheer and John Kitchener. Using her maiden name (Watson), Elizabeth’s singing career took her all over England, France and Eire, before she decided to concentrate on her teaching career.
She now teaches at two highly respected girls’ schools in Oxford.

Rebecca Moseley-Morgan MA, BA (Hons), ARCM (Hons)

In her early career, Rebecca won scholarships to the Royal College of Music and Opera School and sung professionally at Glyndebourne, WNO and Opera 80, amongst others. As a soloist, she has performed throughout the UK and Europe.
Rebecca has an MA in musicology and a PhD in voice science. Her research investigated what interventions can maintain the functionality of the mature female voice. Findings from this study are statistically significant and support the hypotheses that the vocal competency of the mature female singer can be sustained through effective pedagogy. This is leading to her current work on devising a new teaching method specifically for the mature voice and choral singers, although many of her teaching practices are extremely effective for all voices. The first presentation of this work was at the Pan European Voice Conference in Copenhagen in August 2019. In 2022 she presented at ICVT in Vienna and the Pan European Voice Conference in Tallinn
Rebecca is currently chair of Education for the British Voice Association, She is currently involved in research work with colleagues at the BVA and has a busy voice studio in Oxford. She gives workshops throughout the UK on the functionality of the voice, accent breathing and vocal care and maintenance. She gives workshops and courses on voice science, tips and techniques for choral singers, maintaining the mature voice and breathing. She is an adjudicator for the International and British Federation of Music Festivals.


Dr Janine Diamond PhD, BA(Hons) Musical Theatre, MA Performance Research

Janine participated in her first festival at the age of five and, prior to her professional training, she was a committed member of the amateur theatre scene.
Janine trained at the Arts Educational School, London, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. She completed an MA in Performance Research and, in 2021, was awarded a PhD from the University of Bristol.
As a teacher and freelance performance coach with over 15 years’ experience, Janine has taught students whose ages have ranged from two to seventy-five and continues to enjoy leading drama, musical theatre and dance workshops and masterclasses in vocational, academic and cooperate environments.
As a professional performer, voiceover artist and choreographer, she has toured nationally and performed in London’s West End.

She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA); TaPRA (The Theatre and Performance Research Association); and the Society of Theatre Research (STR).
Since learning and reciting her very first poem, Janine has been dedicated to performance and she is delighted to be an Adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals. She looks forward to adjudicating festival participants to support, encourage and celebrate their work.



Rebecca read journalism at Cardiff University, during which time she wrote a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper. She continues to work for a range of publications as a features writer, ghost writer, and theatre critic.
Rebecca then studied as an actor at the London Centre for Theatre Studies; and her theatre credits include off-West End, Fringe, tour, educational theatre and voiceover. Favourite roles include Maggie (Dancing at Lughnasa); Elizabeth (The Crucible); Beverley (Abigail’s Party); Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit); Martha (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
Rebecca trained as a specialist drama teacher at The Guildhall. She has taught in a range of primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions for the last twenty years; and is the Principal of her own drama school, which operates internationally. Rebecca’s pupils have been awarded places at major conservatoires and bodies such as RADA, LAMDA, Central, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall, Bristol Old Vic, Mountview, East 15, Guildford, AADA, Royal Birmingham, the Oxford School of Drama, National Youth Theatre, and the National Youth Music Theatre. Their work can be seen on the BBC, ITV, Sky, C4, E4, Netflix, Working Title, National Theatre, RSC, and with countless touring theatre companies in the UK and abroad.
Rebecca sits on the Adjudicator’s Council for the British and International Federation of Festivals; on the Awards Panel for the UKPA; and is a LAMDA, GCSE and A level examiner.
In 2014, Rebecca was awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of her work in the youth theatre sector. Rebecca is passionate about helping performers take their first professional steps and helps emerging talents to form and manage their own theatre companies. As such, Close Up Theatre, No Prophet Theatre, and Eleventh Hour Theatre have all played to critical and commercial acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: kickstarting careers and forging critical industry networking opportunities.
Rebecca’s productions have played to critical acclaim and commercial success at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2023. In addition to directing and producing over thirty sell-out shows at the Fringe; Rebecca has adapted classics such as 1984, Jane Eyre, Emma, and Pride and Prejudice for the stage; and has written the original works More Myself Than I Am, Torn, Coward Conscience, and OTMA.
Rebecca is currently working on a PhD based around Shakespeare’s history plays; and she is passionate about inclusivity and diversity in the Arts, spending her free time ‘making things happen’ for people who would otherwise have no agency within the creative sector.


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