Adjudicators for 2017.

Edmond Fivet CBE (Chairman)

Edmond Fivet has been a major force in British music education, having been Director of the Royal College of Music Junior Department and serving, for eighteen years, as Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Since moving to Suffolk he has become increasingly involved in local music as a conductor. In 2008 Edmond was appointed Director of Music of Aldeburgh Music Club. The same year saw the formation of the Prometheus Orchestra, which Edmond conducts, and which has given concerts in places which include Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Aldeburgh. The Orchestra has not only performed most major works but has particularly championed Suffolk-based composers playing first performances of their work. The orchestra played a major part in the establishment of the William Alwyn Festival and has continued its support with concerts at each subsequent Festival.

In 2009 Edmond became Musical Director of the Phoenix Singers where he remained until 2012. Their concerts included Handel Messiah and Alexander’s Feast; Mozart Mass in C Minor and Coronation Mass; Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle; Walton Belshazzar’s Feast; Haydn Creation and Nelson Mass; Fauré Requiem; Schubert Mass in G and Mass in E flat; Orff Carmina Burana; Lambert Rio Grande; Mendelssohn Elijah; Verdi Requiem; Bach B minor Mass; Britten 100th Anniversary concert and A Night at the Opera Gala.

 A widely experienced adjudicator, examiner and consultant, Edmond has worked at home and overseas. Edmond is Chairman of the Bury St Edmunds Concert Club and nationally is a trustee and board member of the National Children’s Orchestras. From 2009-2015 he was chair of the Concert Promoters Group of Making Music. Edmond was appointed CBE in the Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours for services to music and education.


Edmond Fivet portrait

Hannah Roberts

Hannah  is widely recognised as one of the outstanding cellists of her generation and is the recipient of many awards including the Jacqueline du Pre Memorial Award.  With the pianist and composer Simon Parkin she was the joint winner of the International Morley College Centenary prize when she played a concerto written for her by him.

Equally at home as soloist or chamber musician, she has performed as soloist with orchestras ranging from the Halle to the London Mozart Players and has made frequent broadcasts for BBC radio. Festival appearances have included regular participation in the Manchester International Cello Festival.  She has taken part in the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles and given a masterclass at UCLA.

Hannah is an internationally respected teacher who has been  awarded an FRNCM in recognition of her teaching.  She is also a professor of cello at the Royal Academy of Music in London.


Andrew Zolinsky

Andrew is professor of piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and at Goldsmiths, University of London. As an internationally acclaimed pianist he has been described as one of the most distinctive musical voices of his generation.

His knowledge of music from Haydn to contemporary composers is perhaps unrivalled. He has performed with many prestigious orchestras throughout the world. He has given world and regional premieres of many of David Lang’s works and is closely associated with the music of Unsuk Chin including performances of her Etudes and the London première of her Piano Concerto. He has recorded for Cantaloupe, Guild and NMC and received excellent reviews.

Andrew Zolinsky, Pianist 2011