Music Adjudicators


Burnley Festival of

Speech, Music & Stage Dance






2018 Syllabus

now online



Lots of people help us with the Festival by giving their time and expertise to help something happen that they believe in. Could you be one of them? We need help through the year developing the Festival to meet the needs of today’s performers and of course we need hands-on help on the days of the Festival itself.


We currently have a vacancy for someone to help us with publicity for our Festival, but whatever your area of expertise and interest from drama, music anddance to secretarial, management, fund-raising and IT skills, you can be sure we would welcome your involvement to the extent you wished to give it.


Vaguely interested? Please come along to one of our Festival events and make yourself known at the Festival Office. Alternatively email us and we will be in touch.


The Burnley Festival Team look forward to hearing from you!



Elizabeth Emberson. Soprano soloist, choral conductor and voice teacher; Elizabeth began singing lessons with Betty Middleton when she was eleven years old, and quickly established herself on the Festivals circuit in the North of England, winning many prizes in the process. At eighteen she went to the Guildhall School of Music, where she studied with Joyce Newton and Anna Berenska, spending a year on the Opera Course there. Whilst at the Guildhall she won the English Song Prize; was a semi- finalist in the Susan Longfield Award and gained several scholarships for further study. On leaving the Guildhall, she studied with Erich Vertheer and John Kitchener. Using her maiden name (Watson), Elizabeth’s singing career took her all over England, France and Eire, before she decided to concentrate on her teaching career. She now teaches at a highly respected girls’ school in Oxford, as well as maintaining a thriving private practice at home.



Anne Marshall Anne grew up in a musical family on the Isle of Wight, conducting her first choir at 14 and taking part annually in the Isle of Wight music festival. She graduated from Liverpool University, where she studied piano, singing and viola, as well as developing a strong interest in composing. She has combined a busy career as a Director of Music in comprehensive schools with singing, writing and arranging choral music. She has taught in Cheshire, London, Corby, Leicestershire and Rutland and is an experienced examiner at GCSE and A level music for the OCR board.

Her compositions and arrangements are performed by the Cecilian Singers (directed by Jeremy Jackman) and many other UK choirs.



Samuel Hudson took up the post of Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral in September 2011, where he leads one of the country’s most ambitious Cathedral Music programmes. During his time in Blackburn so far, Samuel has directed several radio and television broadcasts, led two tours with the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Girls’ Choir to Belgium and France, and conducted the music at the Office of the Royal Maundy, held at the Cathedral in the presence of HM The Queen in April 2014. 

Samuel trained as an organ scholar and music undergraduate at Girton College, Cambridge, and went on to spend over two years as Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, also taking on roles of accompanist and piano teacher at Wells Cathedral School, and Musical Director of a chamber choir.