The International Choir Festival of Jersey has always attracted the highest calibre of Choral experts to Adjudicate in both the Class Competitions and the Choir Of Choirs Competition at Fort Regent. Past Adjudicators have included Jane Glover, Jeremy Jackman, John Fitzpatrick, Roy Wales, Robert Sund and Brendan O’Connor.
Jeffrey Wynn Davies
Chairman, Great Britain
Jeffrey Wynn Davies continues to enhance his reputation as one of the busiest and most versitile choral conductors. As Artistic Director of the Association of British Choral Conductors Millennium Convention he directed 5 international choirs in the world premiere of Andrew Carter’s The Mystical Trumpeter. Jeffrey is in demand as a guest conductor and choral trainer for most of the major British choral organisations. He has directed 7 choral festivals for the BBC and regularly adjudicates at festivals throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. His Cranleigh Choral Week, which regularly attracts over 200 singers, is now established as a major national choral event. In addition to being the director of Canzonetta Chamber Choir, Jeffrey is works with professional orchestras including Manchester Camerata and the BT Scottish Ensemble. Jeffrey acted as Chorus Master to both Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras during their UK performances and only needs Domingo for the set!
Ursa Lah studied musical education at the Ljubliana Music Acadamy.
She perfected her conducting skills in Tromso, Norway, with Professor Ragnar Rasmussen and at seminars organised by IFCM and Europe Cantat. She was a member of some of Slovenia's best vocal ensembles, among them the Slovenian Chamber Choir. Since 1993 she has been the conductor of the Mixed Youth Choir Veter winning many gold plaques, first prizes and special prizes at various competitions including Pohiheim and Preveza she also received the Best Conductor award.
With the National Chamber Choir she conducted several first performances of works by contemporary Slovene composers, enriched the archive with recordings of works by Slovene and foreign composers of the 20th century and prepared many vocal-instrumental projects (1998- 2002) In 2002/2003 she took on the artistic leadership of the Academic Choir Tone Tomsic with which she won several first prizes, Grand Prix awards and conductor’s awards. In March 2008 the choir won the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing.
Ursa is a lecturer on seminars for education of choir conductors and a member of juries at home and abroad. She is also co-founder of the Singing School for Choral Singers where she is also a teacher. The Association of Cultural Societies, Ljubliana awarded Ursa with a Silver Medal for creative artistic leadership of the Mixed Youth Choir Veter and in 2008 she received the prestigious award of the City of Ljubliana for cultural achievements of the highest rank, the Zupancic Award
Steen Lindholm has his degrees as orchestral conductor as well as church music director (organist) from The Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. However, his international career as a conductor is first of all connected to the choir world.
He has conducted choirs and had workshops and lectures in many countries all over the world, working with both professionals and amateurs, for many years as guest conductor for Groot Omroepkoor (The Dutch Radiochoir) and the radiochoirs of Budapest, Vienna and Leipzig. He has conducted at the biggest choir festivals of Europe: Europa Cantat and 7 Nordklang Festivals (last in Finland 2004), and also at the Choreley Festival in Germany.
In his native country, Steen Lindholm has been artistic director of The Copenhagen Concert Society since 1971, founder and leader of The Copenhagen Chamber Ensemble 1978 until today (instrumental, professional ensemble), conductor of The Danish Radio Choir 1982-83 and chief of The Royal Opera Chorus 1986-90. From 1992 until 2006 he was also chief conductor of The Danish Boys Choir and has toured all over the world with these ensembles.
Steen Lindholm was guest conductor at the Trelew International Choir Festival in Argentina several times, also having a Master Classes. Beside being active as a conductor, he is a popular and experienced jury member/jury president at choir competitions - Riva del Garda, Budapest, Darmstadt, Maribor, Kalundborg, Randers, Melk, Fort Lauderdale, Choir Olympics in Austria 2000, Korea 2002 and Germany 2004.
Steen Lindholm has also been member of the IFCM board from 1982 until 2002 and artistic chief of the Europa Cantat Festivals XII and XIII in Herning and Linz and was head of The World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen 2008.