Bryan Husband – Show Voice
Bryan studied singing and piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, London, and the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Having performed for some years in continental and UK opera houses, concert halls, and music theatre, he now divides his time between London and Worcester.
Having spent some years as Head of Singing at Guildford School of Acting, he now teaches at Trinity Laban, London, runs a private teaching practice, gives workshops and masterclasses (‘belting’ to audition techniques), performs, adjudicates, examines for a music board, and also works as a ski instructor! Performances include tv and radio broadcasts, opera, oratorio and recital.
In 2005, Bryan was selected as a BIFF (British and International Federation of Festivals) Adjudicator. Adjudication has taken him all over the world, including Hong Kong three times, Gibraltar, and Trinidad and Tobago, and all around the UK and Ireland, most recently to Derby, shortly in Alderley Edge and Cleethorpes. In 2012, Bryan was invited to become a music examiner: his most recent examining work was in New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka, and around the UK. His hobbies include all theatre, gardening, skiing and walking. Bryan is delighted to be at SGFYM again, after an absence of some years.
Melanie Spanswick- Piano
Melanie Spanswick is a British pianist, author, teacher, adjudicator, and composer. She graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Master’s degree in Piano Performance. As an educator, Melanie has examined and adjudicated widely, and she frequently gives master classes, workshops and presentations throughout the UK and abroad (most recently in Germany, USA and the Far East). As a pianist, she has performed and broadcast worldwide, and has given recitals as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist at many music festivals and major concert halls.
Melanie recently selected the repertoire for the Faber Music Piano Anthology (Faber Music) and her piano guidebook, So You Want To Play The Piano? (Alfred Music) has received much acclaim. Play it again: PIANO (Schott Music), a two-book piano course, was published during 2017. She is a regular contributor to Pianist magazine and Piano Professional (EPTA), and her piano compositions have been featured on various syllabuses and in publications around the world.
Melanie Armitstead – Classical Voice
Melanie Armitstead has enjoyed an international career as a soloist in both Opera and Concert. At the outset of her solo career she sang under the baton of Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Charles Groves and Andrew Parrott, later taking the opportunity to understudy at The Garnier Opera House in Paris and returning to sing Mitridate (Mozart) and then Le Chevalier Imaginaire (Philippe Fenelon) at The Chatelet. In the UK she sang roles for ENO, Opera North, Scottish Opera and Opera Northern Ireland and initially for Kent Opera and Scottish Opera Go Round. Her roles include Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Micaela and Frasquita in Carmen, 1st Lady in The Magic Flute, Venus in The Return of Ulyses, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Maria in West Side Story, YumYum in The Mikado, as well as understudies of Hero in Beatrice and Benedict, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Cleopatra in Jiulio Cesare and Atalanta in Xerxes. She has performed as soloist in Oratorios and Concerts with many of the leading UK orchestras
Melanie sang in a number of established ensembles including The Menagerie with Nicholas Daniel and Julius Drake and Classic Cocktail with Colette Louis, David Daley and Stephen Skewes where the programmes featured Jazz arrangements alongside some of the greats in the classical repertoire. Her degree from Durham in Russian with French led her to specialise in French and Russian Song Recitals.
Teaching and adjudicating at Competitive Festivals and Competitions has become a major element in Melanie’s career. She has been Senior Singing Teacher at Sherborne Girls for 20 years and has taken on a number of private advanced students. She adjudicates at Competitive Festivals around the UK and in Hong Kong, and appears on panels in larger Competitions such as the Cecil Drew Oratorio Competition at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Melanie is delighted to return to South Glamorgan to adjudicate at the Music Festival in 2018.
Sami Junnonen – Woodwind & Brass
SAMI JUNNONEN (b. 1977 in Tampere, Finland) has established a versatile international career by performing
as a flute soloist with a wide repertoire from early music to contemporary works. Junnonen collaborates
frequently with many of the most significant composers of our time. His 2012 Debut Recital at the Helsinki Music
Centre of Finland received outstanding reviews, and he officially represents Finland on its centenary of
independence by touring in Russia in December 2017. His debut as a soloist with the Houston Symphony
Orchestra will take place in Texas, USA in February 2018.
Junnonen has worked as a principal flutist in various orchestras, e.g. the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Auckland
Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, UK. He has also worked as a performance teacher in
flute and chamber music at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Since 2017 Junnonen has worked as the
Artistic Director of The Sea Lapland International Flute Festival of Finland.
Junnonen releases music through Resonus Classics, Alba Records, and SibaRecords. He has recorded for the
Finnish Broadcasting Company, Radio Television Hong Kong, and Radio New Zealand, as well as for the labels
Sony BMG, Bayerische Rundfunk, Naxos, and Ondine. Junnonen is a multiple prize winner in international
music competitions, and his artistic work has been sponsored by several cultural institutions.
Junnonen has been academically trained at the Sibelius Academy, the Conservatoire national musique et danse
de Lyon, the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and various masterclasses. He holds a Master of Music with
Distinction from the Sibelius Academy, completed in 2008.
Junnonen performs on 24-carat and 14-carat gold flutes, handcrafted by his sponsor, the Muramatsu Flute MFG.
Dr Oliver Gledhill – Strings
PhD MA(Mtpp) PGCA ARCM FISM
Oliver Gledhill, cellist, was a Scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and won numerous awards including the ISTEL/Redditch Music Society Competition. He studied with many eminent cellists including William Pleeth, Edmund Kurtz and André Navarra. He has given acclaimed recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, including three in the Kirckman Concert Society Series. Festival appearances have included solo performances in England, France, Italy, Mallorca and the Czech Republic.
Oliver has recorded nine CDs, including the complete works for cello by Léon Boëllmann, which was awarded five stars for performance by BBC Music Magazine, and has been played on radio in Australia, Belgium and the USA, and W.H. Squire – Miniatures for Cello and Piano for the British Music Society/Naxos, which was featured as John Brunning’s Drive ‘Discovery’ of the week on Classic FM (July 2016), reached No.25 in the Specialist Classical Chart and followed a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music/University of London on W.H. Squire, his cello miniatures and the portamento.
Oliver Gledhill is Professor of Cello at the Junior Guildhall School of Music, in London, and also teaches at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls and Mill Hill School. He has edited music for Peters Edition and Durand. His published writings include articles and reviews for The Strad Magazine and the British Journal of Music Education. He is an examiner for Trinity College London, and as their cello syllabus consultant composed fifteen graded studies for the TCL Cello Scales technical work book from 2016 and selected the repertoire for the three levels of the new cello Diploma syllabus from 2018. As an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, he has adjudicated at over one hundred festivals.