W16 The Art of Adjudication

Tue 9th Apr - 11:00am to 12:00 noon

Merchiston Workshops - Workshop Space


Share the experience and insight of two seasoned adjudicators at such competitions as Festivals and Mòds. Bearing in mind the weeks of effort put in by students and their teachers and the hopes and concerns of loving parents and families, how can you send everyone - not just the “winners” home, feeling happy and satisfied having had a good experience? There is no formal training available for adjudicators, so bring your thoughts, hopes, fears and ambitions as a competitor, teacher, parent, novice, experienced or would be adjudicator to join in and add to the discussion.

Tutor: Isobel Mieras - After more than 50 years of teaching experience, Isobel particularly enjoys working with harp ensembles and groups, encouraging players of all ages and levels to join together to create interesting, dynamic and musical performances. For her many suites, composed and arranged for Na Clarsairean, The Scottish Harp Orchestra, she draws inspiration from Scotland’s turbulent history and ruggedly beautiful landscape, always ensuring that simple and more challenging parts are of equal importance. She is currently President of The Clarsach Society and, along with Patsy Seddon, Artistic Adviser to EIHF.

Tutor: Eira Lynn Jones Eira is a versatile musician whose eclectic career includes orchestral work, recordings, publications, commissions and chamber music. Widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading harp teachers, she is Head of Harp at the RNCM, and has led workshops in Iceland, Denmark, USA and Sweden. China and South Africa are next! Her solo albums have achieved notable success: “I love the album. The diversity of music, a very accomplished technique, and your heart coming through” (Alan Stivell)