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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 2018, we shall welcome as our adjudicators:

Speech and Drama


Priscilla Morris                                                                        

Priscilla was a member of the National Youth Theatre appearing in “Zigger Zagger” and “Fuzz”. She then trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and holds equity membership.

In 1972 she founded her own drama school in the midlands and joined the LAMDA board of examiners in 1986. She has been an adjudicator in Speech & Drama for the British and International Federation of Festivals since 1991 and has adjudicated in Bermuda, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong (8 times).

Since 1998 she has been Voice Advisor to the Amateur Swimming Association; she is also a registered Tutor for the Voicecare Network and a published author on Shakespeare.  Priscilla has directed and acted in over 40 plays, musicals and pantomimes during her performing life.




Steven Roberts                                                                       

Steven is Conductor and Music Director of Altrincham Choral Society, Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, Honley Male Voice Choir and Sing & Discover.  He is a mentor for Music for Youth and a member of ABCD. He has previously held the post of Head of Performing Arts and Music at Barnsley College. He is in demand as a choral and vocal specialist, but also studied piano and brass. He has a wide knowledge of musical theatre, but also conducts orchestras, symphonic wind bands, brass bands and in a variety of settings. Steven is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, currently serving as the Federation’s Chairman, and is a member of The Lords Taverners. 



Marilynne Davies                                                                    

Marilynne’s experience embraces performance, education and conducting and she was until recently Head of the School of Performance at the College of Ripon and York St.John – a post that included Music, Dance, Drama, Film and Television. She now has a busy freelance career as an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals at national and international festivals, as a voice consultant, teacher and conductor, and as a leader of a variety of workshops. Her experience in teaching ranges from nursery to post-graduate levels and she has been external examiner and assessor in performance for a number of universities at the graduate and postgraduate level.