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Lincoln Festival only engages adjudicators who are members of our “trade association”, the British and International Federation of Festivals of Music, Dance and Speech. This means that they have been trained specifically in the evaluation of performances and follow the Federation’s marking scheme to ensure consistency. All our adjudicators are performers and teachers in their own right, and have a wealth of experience which they bring to bear for the benefit of our Festival entrants.

In 2017, we shall welcome as our adjudicators:

Speech and Drama


Tish Nicoll                                                                            


Born in Aberdeen, Tish trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has a wide range of experience in teaching all age groups in schools, colleges and in the business world and is visiting lecturer in vocal communications in colleges in the UK and in Italy. Tish examines for the English Speaking Board (International) Ltd. As well as ‘Voice Over’ work, she has experience as a performer and a director and is a trained singer, specialising in recitals of poetry and song. From an early age Tish took part in festivals and, as well as being an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, is the Organiser and Chairman of the Chipping Norton Festival. 




Gill Johnston

Gillian studied the bassoon with Archie Camden at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and, after a period of freelance playing, concentrated on a teaching career, before moving to Harpenden where she established her own Music School, ‘Harpenden Musicale’. As well as running the Music School, Gill arranges Musicale Holidays, Competitions and a Summer Music Festival. She is the founder and Musical Director of the National Children’s Wind Orchestra and associated groups. Gillis an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals and very much enjoys contact with young musicians, inspiring and enthusing their interest in music.

David Patrick

David was an organ pupil of Harold Darke at St. Michael’s, Cornhill, London, a piano pupil of Lina Collins (pupil of Paderewski) and Mathilde Verne (pupil of Clara Schumann). As an organist, pianist and harpsichordist he has performed across the UK and Europe, directed courses for organists, conductors and choir singers, and performed at international festivals. He has conducted small and massed choirs at venues including the Royal Albert Hall. Previously Director of Music, Queen Elizabeth’s Boys’ Grammar School, Barnet, he is a freelance musician, an Examiner and Moderator for ABRSM and Editor and Publisher of Fitzjohn Music Publications and an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.