We are delighted to announce that Catherine Ingram and Maria Jagusz have agreed to be our adjudicators for the 2020 festival. Catherine will be adjudicating dance and Maria will be adjudicating Music.
Catherine has been the Principal of a large dance and theatre school for 30 years. After training in classical ballet, modern theatre, jazz and tap dance, Catherine pursued her passion to train as a teacher with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, gaining Licentiate status, and furthered her training to become an Approved Tutor for the ISTD DDE qualification. Catherine graduated from Middlesex University with a First Class Masters Degree in Dance Technique Pedagogy. During her teaching career, Catherine has successfully launched many students into the performing industry, including London’s West End, cruise ships, and touring companies. She has produced, directed and choreographed many musical theatre productions, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rent, Bare, Smike, Fame, Seussical, and Avenue Q, to name but a few. Catherine particularly enjoys working with children and young people, encouraging and inspiring them to achieve and maintain high standards in the performing arts. Catherine now divides her time between her role as Principal of her own dance and theatre school in Hampshire, teaching dance, working with youth theatre companies, teaching the DDE qualification and adjudicating
Maria Jagusz trained at the Royal Northern College of Music where she was awarded the Ricordi Prize for Opera. Further scholarships enabled her to continue her studies at the National Opera Studio where she worked with Solti, Dame Janet Baker and Martin Isepp.
Since then she has performed as an operatic soloist for leading opera companies in the U.K. and Europe working alongside artists like Freni, Carreras,Domingo,Dame Felicity Lott and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
As a concert artist she has performed in many leading venues including The Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall,St John’s Smith Square, The Barbican , and Bonn Cathedral. In 2010 she was awarded honorary chairman of the Silurian Consort for her contribution to music in the Cotswolds.
When she is not performing Maria runs a very busy teaching practise and many past students have gone on to have successful careers in the world of Opera and the performing arts. She is a much sort after singing workshop leader for both children and choirs. Her directing credits include Carmen (Swindon Opera and the Playhouse Cheltenham) Little Sweep, Dido and Aneas ,Sweeney Todd ,La Boheme and Orpheus ed Euridice (Longborough Festival Opera)West Side Story,Secret Garden and Jesus Christ Superstar (MJ-UK) .She is also a vocal tutor at ICMT (International College for Music Theatre) in London.
Future work includes devising and directing Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld “ for Longborough Festival Operas newly formed
Youth Opera group.
She has just finished directing a production of “Trial by Jury” on a cruise liner with 157 passengers.
She has been awarded honorary chairman of the Silurian Consort for her contribution to music in the Cotswolds.