Press Release - Guernsey Eisteddfod Performing Arts 2021

Media release regarding the Guernsey Eisteddfod Festival 2021

Due to the unprecedented conditions caused by the pandemic in jurisdictions all around us and the tightened travel restrictions to Guernsey the Executive Committee of the Guernsey Eisteddfod Society has had to look at on-island alternatives to enable the Eisteddfod to continue in this centenary year.

We are pleased to announce the adjudicators for the Music and Speech and Drama sections:

MusicJoseph Edwards, is an Associate Artist with the award winning choir, Tenebrae, and works professionally as a baritone, choral director and singing teacher. He was awarded the highest graduate diploma from the Royal Academy of Music and has performed in venues across the world.

Sitting alongside Joseph will be Mervyn Grand, who is best known as the Head of the Schools’ Music Service for nineteen years and is now retired. Mervyn is also an accomplished musician in his own right as well as an accompanist and orchestral conductor. Mervyn will be adjudicating most of the instrumental classes.

Speech and Drama – Well known Primary School Headteacher for fifteen years, Bob Thompson, who has been involved with the Eisteddfod for more than fifty years as a teacher and competitor in all aspects of the genre.

Sitting alongside Bob will be Shaun Winterflood, who is very well known in the performing arts scene in Guernsey and who previously ran his own very successful drama school. He is a Member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.

The Eisteddfod Committee is very appreciative of the commitment of our four local adjudicators and we recognise how fortunate we are to have such well qualified and experienced people willing to take on this important role.

We hope that Guernsey people in the spirit of ‘Guernsey Together’ will support the Eisteddfod and make this an enjoyable event for participants and audiences alike.

Please see Info / Dates and Information for our adjudicators' biographies.

Alan Brown, Chairman, and Barbara Minta, Secretary of the Guernsey Eisteddfod Society

18 January 2021

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