Our Adjudicators



Steven has been a music adjudicator since 2001; has sat on the Adjudicators Council and in 2020 was re-elected for his third term of office to the Board of Trustees. He is a busy professional; conducting, teaching and lecturing. He brings with him experience as a manager, knowledge of quality systems, business acumen and many years of leading change.

He has successfully combined a career in education with his work as a conductor, musical director and adjudicator, working both in this country and in Europe and as far a field as Peru and Bahrain.

Steven has conducted numerous concerts throughout this country and throughout Europe with a variety of Choirs, ensembles and orchestras, winds bands and brass bands.

He studied piano, brass and voice and has worked in a variety of musical settings. He has worked alongside actors and dancers on many projects and is keen to support the work of the Federation to maximise opportunities for performance within all disciplines. He enjoys working with his colleagues on the Board, Councils and the wider community of volunteers that help to keep our Festivals vibrant.

Having previously held the post of Director of External Relations at Barnsley College he has excellent communication skills and enjoys collaborative working.



Susan attended the Trinity College of Music Junior Department for ten years, then continued her studies at Cambridge and successfully completed a Post-graduate Diploma in performance at the Royal College of Music.

She has appeared at many major London concert venues and throughout the country as a soloist, accompanist and given concerto performances in Harrow and Lincoln.

Susan teaches at Merchant Taylor’s School and Latymer Upper School and the Royal Masonic School for Girls and is London based. She examines for the Associated Board in the UK and internationally and is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.

Susan has had three articles about teaching techniques published in the Music Teacher magazine and has published her own music theory book to help students prepare for their grade 5 theory exams.



Peter started his career as an actor in stage, television and film, progressing to writing, directing and producing.

He ran an International Award Winning Community Cross-Over Project which took children and students from across the London Boroughs and performed in the West End, transferring to Ohio, U.S.A. This involved artists from the industry working with local actors and special needs students to produce an innovative and unique international award winning production concept.

As an Actor Peter has appeared in many tv series and sit-coms, on stage played everything from John Macey in ’ MONDAY AFTER THE MIRACLE’ (West End) to Chris Keller in ‘ALL MY SONS’ with rep seasons ranging from Manchester ,Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Swansea, and Basingstoke.

As a writer Peter has written several plays, 8 musicals, show-cased in the West End and is currently working on a spy-thriller.

For television Peter has appeared in several Dr Who episodes with five different Doctors, Blakes Seven, Three of a Kind, Stig of the Dump and The Stanley Baxter Picture Show, Sorry, Play for Today.

He has just finished writing and directing a new musical called Hazlewood Heroes and currently working on a new film script.

Later this year he is directing a 110 centenary production in Birmingham with an all star cast.

As a Director Peter has been responsible for many productions, was Artistic Director for Stafford Gatehouse for 8 years, worked for Disney as a Director and Executive Producer and, also worked for Really Useful Theatre Groups and for 2 years as a writer for E.M.I.

Peter’s passion is working with children, students and young performers, particularly special needs to nurture, encourage, support and develop them with perhaps a career in the industry or just ‘Life Skills’.

Peter has recently finished directing GODSPELL with Chesney Hawkes, Sleeping Beauty in Leeds and Cinderella in Birmingham. He is currently directing a play which is heading into the West End later next year.

With three productions in December 2023 Peter has just directed ‘ Cinderella ‘ in Leeds, ‘Beauty and the Beast ‘ in Birmingham and ‘Santa’ in Wimbledon. He has just completed Sri Lanka Festival and is currently adjudicating Hong Kong. In April 2023 he is adjudicating the Canada Festival, Fleetwood and Hong Kong.

Later this year he is also directing two productions of Snow White in Leeds and Redditch.

Peter is also available for on line adjudicating. During the covid crisis Peter has regularly used tools such as Zoom, Google Classroom and WhatsApp to keep in touch with his many students, with workshops, lectures and lessons, as well as preparing showreels, voice overs, audition pieces and general industry support and advice.