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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 2020, we welcome as our adjudicators:

Speech and Drama


Jenny Thornton                                                                


Jenny trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining awards for Character Acting and Most Promising Teacher.

Jenny has led the Performing Arts Teams in a large comprehensive school, been an Assistant Principal for Edexcel, LAMDA examiner and now enjoys running her own Performance Centre with ages from 4 years to adults delivering drama, dance and musical theatre and also writing.

Her play called “Gone” gained a Commended when performed at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond as did her most recent play “Young Love”. She was delighted when LAMDA chose two of her pieces for their new acting anthology.

Her most recent teaching experience is working in a state school as a peripatetic teacher as part of her “Outreach” programme extending the work of the Richmond Festival for which she is the secretary.

“Drama is a life skill that changed me from a stuttering introvert to a confident individual. We can give our children no better opportunity."



Liz Childs


Liz studied Flute with Gareth Morris and Piano with Graeme Humphrey at the RAM and has performed all over the world. Her varied career includes performing with Quintessimo, adjudicating at both home and abroad and was visiting Flute Teacher for the University of East Anglia when it had a full time music department.

Liz is founder and Musical Director of the Bedfordshire Woodwind Academy which includes the Bedfordshire Woodwind Academy Flute Ensemble which is thriving having undertaken 3 European concert tours with a more extensive one proposed for 2021. Liz is Flute/Piano/ Ensemble teacher at Beechwood Park School in Markyate, Hertfordshire a role that she thoroughly enjoys on many levels.

Liz is passionate about her work as an Adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, regarding it a real privilege to be able to encourage and inspire performers. She believes that a positive experience at a Federation Festival can change a performer’s life forever. It did hers !

Maria Jagusz


Maria trained as a dancer before taking up a place 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.As a singer Maria has worked as soloist for most of the leading opera companies in the U.K and Europe. She is a keen recitalist and a regular soloist for choral societies in the U.K.

As a teacher Maria has specialised in training students who are hoping to have professional careers in the world of opera and musical theatre. As part of their training Maria believes that getting as much performing experience both in concert and on stage is vital for the development of young talent. She arranges many concerts both in the Cotswolds and in Cornwall where young singers can get the chance to perform in a safe welcoming environment.

Maria has worked for the education department for Longborough Festival Opera for the past ten years. She has been awarded honorary chairman of the Silurian Consort for her contribution to music in the Cotswolds.



Caroline Clemmow


Caroline has a rich and varied musical background. As a violinist she led the Kent Youth Orchestra and was subsequently awarded a piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she won many prizes. While performing concertos and solo recitals, Caroline derives particular pleasure from the field of chamber music, covering an extremely wide repertoire. She has participated in many London concerts, given numerous broadcasts and played in major festivals.

An important part of her work was the celebrated duo with her husband, Anthony Goldstone, who died in 2017. They were critically acclaimed for their pioneering broadcasts and CDs, building an international reputation. Caroline was also an examiner for the ABRSM for many years, both at grade and diploma levels.

Caroline is also an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.