Adjudicating the school, national and international competitions will be a panel of distinguished choral directors with a wealth of experience as international jurors.
Josep Vila i Casañas, Spain
Josep is one of the most recognised choral conductors in Catalonia and Spain. His repertoire covers a cappella choral music from all ages as well as vocal/orchestral works from the Baroque period to the present day. He has been the main conductor of choirs such as the Orfeó Català and the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Spanish Radio Choir and Cor Lieder Càmera, which he founded in 1990.
As a chorus master he has collaborated with the best conductors all over the world, including Daniel Barenboim, Daniele Gatti, Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel and Franz Brüggen.
He is the author of a large catalogue of pieces for choirs, both a cappella and with varied instrumental accompaniment. Some of his more recent and successful compositions include the motet Salve Regina, the Missa Sanctus-Benedictus, the cantata Veni Creator Spiritus, first performed in May 2016 at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, and the Missa Sanctus-Benedictus.
Since 2005 he has been a Professor of Choral Conducting at the Music High School of Catalonia. In addition to teaching, he is a guest professor at a number of international masterclasses.
Hermia Schlichtmann, Germany
As a graduate choirmaster and church musician, Hermia Schlichtmann works in many areas of choral and organ music. Her musical and choral work has taken her abroad to countries such as France, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Ireland and the US.
She works at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Frankfurt / Main, Germany, as a lecturer in conducting, score playing and vocal coaching, training conductors, church musicians and composers. She gives seminars on voice training, conducting and choral conducting at the regional and federal levels of the German Federal Singers‘ Association.
In 2014 she opened her own music studio in Wölfersheim, near Frankfurt. There she teaches piano (classical, blues, jazz), organ, conducting for choir and orchestra, improvisation and vocal coaching.
Her concert activities with her oratorio choir “KonzertChor” in Bergisch Gladbach and her choirs in Friedberg-Ockstadt are all highly sought after. She is also renowned for her management of the specialist field of choirmaster / conducting at the Wetterauer Musical Summer Academy FESTIVOKAL, and the German-American Choral and Cultural Festival in Ilbenstadt, Mainz, Frankfurt and Bad Nauheim.
Ambrož Čopi, Slovenia
Ambrož Čopi studied composition and piano at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, and his compositions have been performed and recorded around the world. In 2014 he was awarded the Gallus Medal, Slovenia’s highest award in the field of music. In 2016 he received recognition from the Ljubljana Conservatoire of Music and Ballet for his outstanding artistic achievements with the Conservatoire’s Chamber Choir and his promotion of the Conservatoire. In the same year he received a prestigious national award, the Preseren Fund Prize.
Ambrož teaches at the Art Grammar School in Koper and Ljubljana Conservatoire of Music, where he has been conductor of the Chamber Choir since 2010. He also conducts the Academic Choir of the University of Primorska and the chamber choir Aegida. Over the years, the choirs he has conducted have won numerous prizes in competitions at home and abroad, and in 2009 the Academic Choir of the University of Primorska reached the final of the European Grand Prix in Choral Singing in Tours.
Ambrož is regularly invited to be a member of the adjudicating panel at choral events and competitions, and he often lectures at choral music seminars in Slovenia and further afield.
Amy Bebbington, UK
Amy is a passionate advocate for choral singing and choral conductor training. She is sought after for her dynamic and engaging teaching style, and her wealth of choral pedagogical experience.
Graduating with First Class Honours and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, Amy went on to be awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts, specialising in Choral Conducting. She is currently the Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors, an organisation that sits at the forefront of choral conductor training in the UK.
Until recently, Amy was Choral Director for the Royal College of Music Junior Department Choirs, and currently leads the Licentiate Diploma Course (Choral Conducting, Teaching) at the Royal Academy of Music. She was Course Director for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Girls’ Course this spring and is a regular NYCGB Musicianship Tutor.
Amy recently established her own Choral Conducting Masterclass Series, and she has worked on BBC2’s The Choir: Sing While You Work and led choral direction training days for the Military Wives’ Choirs’ Foundation. She has adjudicated for Choir of the Year, Music for Youth National Festival and the Cheltenham Music Festival, among many others.
Orla Flanagan, Ireland
Orla Flanagan is Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She studied choral conducting with Professor Péter Erdei at the Kodály Institute in Hungary and holds a Doctorate of Music in Performance (Choral Conducting) from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Orla conducts the mixed-voice choir Mornington Singers in Dublin. The choir has just returned from a successful trip to the Polifonico Internazionale Guido d’Arezzo in Italy where they were awarded 2nd Prize in the Mixed Voice category, and 3rd Prize in both the Sacred and Secular categories. As a conductor, Orla has also gained numerous awards at international competitions, including the MacCurtain & McSwiney Award for programming at Cork International Choral Festival on three occasions, and a special prize for interpretation at the 10th International Choral Competition, Maribor, Slovenia. Orla and the choir are committed to the promotion of contemporary music and have recently released a CD of Irish choral works entitled Under-Song.
Orla has also appeared with various professional choral ensembles, including Milltown Chamber Choir and EnsemBéal, and as a guest conductor with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland. She enjoys giving choral workshops, and adjudicating at festivals nationally and internationally.