Adjudicators 2019-01-31T22:52:46+00:00


David Mahoney, voice

A music graduate of Oxford University, David has enjoyed success with Classical Brit Award winning group Only Men Aloud, including performances at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special and the Royal Variety Performance. Recent performances as conductor of The Novello Orchestra include the Wales Millennium Centre’s 10th Anniversary production Broadway to the Bay, Live with Pink Martini (Wales Millennium Centre), The Golden Age of Dance (Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Wales Millennium Centre), Broadway in Concert (Wales Millennium Centre and the London Palladium), Disney’s The Jungle Book in Concert (Royal Festival Hall) and the UK and Ireland Film with Live Orchestra tours of La La Land, Beauty and the Beast, and Star Wars. Further credits include Show Producer for the BAFTA Cymru Awards, Music Supervisor for the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations ‘City of the Unexpected’, Creative Director / Conductor for Christmas on Broadway with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, andMusical Director / Music Supervisor for Tiger Bay the Musical (Artscape Theatre Cape Town and Wales Millennium Centre).

Hannah Mitchell, piano

Hannah Mitchell is a professional pianist based in South Wales who is classically trained and a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. With her mother as the principal of Hebron Piano School, Aberdare, Hannah began learning to play at two years of age. She gained an A grade in GCSE music at the age of thirteen and Grade 8
piano the following year. In her early years she competed in the South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians where she won many awards. In 2005, Hannah obtained her ABRSM diploma in solo performance (piano). In 2006, she graduated from the University of Exeter with a first class honours degree in music. Hannah then went on to study for her postgraduate diploma in solo performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying piano with Michael Young. Whilst at RWCMD, Hannah played in a variety of masterclasses with pianists such as Bernard Roberts, Penelope Roskell, Leon McCawley and Boris Berman. She also entered the Concerto Trials and Hastings
International Piano Concerto Competition with Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. In 2007, Hannah won the Jacobson Prize.
Hannah now enjoys a varied career as a freelance performer, accompanist and ABRSM examiner based in the Cynon Valley. She forms part of the flute and piano duo Tranquillo who released it’s debut album in 2010. Tranquillo have performed at venues including St. David’s Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and
regularly provide classical concerts for P&O and Cunard cruise lines, travelling as far as New Zealand. In 2014 she accompanied young
Norwegian singer Tomine Mikkeline as she supported Aled Jones on his UK tour, and has more recently worked with celebrity vocal coach Carrie
Grant. Hannah is an examiner for ABRSM, both in the UK and internationally, working in places such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai.
Whilst Hannah’s career takes her all around the world she is a valleys girl born and bred, and there is nothing quite like coming home to Wales.
When she is not travelling, Hannah enjoys providing music for weddings and events, both in Wales and further afield.

Edward Burns, strings

Edward took a degree in physics and electronic engineering at Manchester University and taught physics at a  comprehensive school in London but musical life proved too strong so, after a short time studying violin with Mark
Knight, he transferred his studies to Yfrah Neaman, professor of violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He came to Wells in 1974 as the Practice Supervisor, allowing him to carry on his violin studies with Yfrah.
From here he began teaching at Wells Cathedral School and developed his freelance orchestral work. Over the years he has worked with the London Festival Ballet Company (now the English National Ballet), the Bejart Ballet,
the National Ballet of Canada, and the New Symphony Orchestra.

In 1985 following a request from Wells Cathedral Organist, Dr.Crossland, he helped found the Wells Sinfonia which accompanied the Wells Oratorio Society and the Wells Cathedral Choir. Chamber music has played an important part too, and Edward has been involved with several string quartets in the West of England and Wales. This has resulted in performing with the Ceres Quartet in the BBC costume drama, “Respectable Trade” and appearances with Neil Innes of “Bonzo Dog Band” fame. His teaching at Wells continued alongside the post of Head of Strings at Westonbirt School followed by teaching at Clifton College and Richard Huish College, Taunton. Now, in addition to Wells, he is a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University College. For the past 15 years he has been a tutor for the National Children’s Orchestra and is Senior String Tutor to the Somerset County Youth Orchestra. In addition, he also coaches the National Schools Symphony Orchestra. Edward has been an adjudicator for the “Chamber Music in Schools” competition for the past ten years, and has adjudicated for the Pembrokeshire Schools Music Festivals.