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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 2019, we shall welcome as our adjudicators:

Speech and Drama


Timothy McCarthy

Timothy McCarthy studied Speech & Drama at the Cork School of Music; graduated from the National University of Ireland with an MA Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies and the Higher Diploma in Education; he holds the Post Graduate Certificate in Adjudicating.

He is a member of the examiners panel in Speech, Drama and Communication at Trinity College, London.  He runs his own Speech & Drama Studio, where he teaches all aspects of the subject. He is the Drama Director at the annual International Youth Camp Festival of Music, Dance and Drama, Sri Lanka. He works closely with the Irish National Council for the Blind, recording audio books for its members. He conducted Teacher Training Courses in Speech & Drama in Kuala Lumpur, Colombo and at his own Studio in Cork. He led a number of workshops for English teachers in Bangkok, Malacca and Sri Lanka using Speech & Drama pedagogy as a means of teaching English. He has given training courses for Church Ministers and directed an Adult Drama Company for ten years, specializing in One Act Play Productions.

Timothy is an Adjudicator-Member and Vice-Chairman of The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech, a member of The Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama and the Drama League of Ireland. He is the Director of Cork Feis Maitiú – the Music and Drama Festival in his home City; has adjudicated at Festivals in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Jersey, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. In 2011 he was awarded a Fellowship of The Federation of Festivals for services to the Festival Movement.



 Timothy Barratt

  Timothy studied on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music and in Paris with Vlado Perlemuter. As well as performing as solo pianist, accompanist and chamber music player he has considerable experience of teaching at all levels. He was a lecturer and vocal coach at the RAM and TCL for many years and is now Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College and a teacher at the Junior Academy. He adjudicates for The British and International Federation of Festivals, directs workshops for teachers in the UK and abroad and is an ABRSM examiner, trainer, moderator and presenter, and a mentor for the Certificate of Teaching.                                                                     

Benjamin Costello                                                                    

Ben is a freelance musical director, artistic director, adjudicator, singing coach and accompanist, working internationally.  He is also Artistic Director of Thames Concerts, Musical Director of Southampton Choral Society, Founding Director of Kingston Chamber Singers, Chorus Master for the Leith Hill Musical Festival, Assistant Artistic Director of Thames Philharmonic Choir, and over a twenty-year career has been musical director on numerous theatre productions across the U.K.  He is a guest conductor and workshop leader with various choirs, and as an accompanist and coach collaborates with countless singers and instrumentalists.  His early career included répétiteur work for London opera companies and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra.  A specialist in musical theatre, with his work in that field embracing musical direction, singing teaching, accompanying and dramaturgy, Ben has worked extensively for leading colleges including Arts Ed (London), Mountview Academy, Guildford School of Acting, Laine Theatre Arts and the London College of Music, together with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Trinity Laban, Drama Studio London, the Royal Academy of Music, and the universities of London, Surrey, Kingston and Portsmouth.  Countless of his former students enjoy successful careers in the West End and beyond.  Born and based in London, Ben trained initially as a flautist, before majoring in piano, singing and conducting.  He is a long-standing member of the Court of the Royal Society of Musicians, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, organising and chairing the Company’s annual musical direction scholarship.  Outside of music he is a keen motorcyclist.