CRAIG BARTLEY FIDTA, MBBO, Dip.in Dance teaching, Cert.ED

Craig trained at the Jackie Lynn Dance Studios in Kent and also at the ambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance in London. His first professional engagements were at Bournemouth, Stevenage and Blackpool in pantomimes and various summer shows. Craig then went on to perform in London’s West End in shows such as 42nd Street (Original cast at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London), Me & My Girl (Adelphi Theatre, London), La Cage Aux Follies (Palladium, London), Mack & Mabel in concert (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London) and ‘Man of La Mancha’ (Peacock Theatre, London) of which he recorded the cast albums for both ‘Mack And Mabel’ and ‘Man of La Mancha’.

Craig has been involved in many production workshops such as ‘Cats’ (New London Theatre), ‘Starlight Express’ (Apollo Victoria, London), ‘Martin Guerre’ original cast (Prince Edward, London), ‘Les Miserables’ portraying ‘Enjolras’ (Palace, London), ‘Billy Elliott’ (Victoria Palace, London), ‘Dirty Dancing’ (Aldwych, London), ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ (Palace, London) and ‘Hunchback Of Notre Dame’ (Theater Centre of Berlin) portraying the lead narration part of ‘Clopin’ for Disney.

Craig spent more than two and a half years playing the part of ‘Doody’ in the hit musical ‘Grease’ where he received the Golden Quiff Award for the best performer in a musical, presented by Victoria Wood.

More recently, Craig has been part of the west end production of ‘Kiss me, Kate’ at the Old Vic Theatre for Sir Trevor Nunn and Stephen Mear.

He has devised, directed and performed in many musical revue shows throughout Europe and the United States. His US theatre credits include ‘Song & Dance’, as jazz dancer role (US national tour), ‘42nd Street’ as Billy Lawlor (US national Tour) and the original New York (Broadway) production of ‘Follies Royale’ playing the juvenile lead role of ‘Joe’.

While in the United States, Craig was engaged to perform as backing vocalist and warm up performer for the Caribbean national tour with ‘Gladys Knight’ in her award winning one woman show. After which he then toured in the same capacity with Jennifer Holliday from Dreamgirls.

Craig’s television debut was in the early days of ‘Grange Hill’ for the BBC. Further TV credits include ‘The Les Dennis & Dustin Gee show’ for BBC, ‘The Price Is Right’ as a dancer / game show host with Lesley Crowther (Talbot TV / ITV), ‘Tales of out Of School’ (Drama for Central TV), ‘Dancers’ (Drama for Westward TV), ‘C.A.T.S. EYES’ playing ‘Steve’ the office boy for TVS and ‘Eastenders’ and ‘The Christmas special’ for the BBC. He also appeared in two Royal Variety Performances at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for the BBC and ITV.

Commercial Television includes Barclays Bank (Central TV) and Texaco Oil (NBC Films), which is still extensively screened in the US.

In feature film, Craig played the part of ‘Nigel’ in Monty Python’s ‘The Meaning of Life’.

In 2002 Craig was honoured when chosen to stage and choreograph two operas, ‘La Traviata’ and ‘Aida’ for the Ukrainian Opera Company and Opera International at the famous Royal Albert Hall in London.

More recently, also at the Royal Albert Hall, Craig was honoured to be chosen by the IDTA, ISTD and the RAD to choreograph ‘Dance Proms’ featuring over 500 dancers.

Craig’s experience has enabled him to travel the globe extensively whilst being involved in performing, choreographing, directing and producing for the inaugural production set up for most of the World’s leading cruise lines.

He has had the privilege to have met and performed for each of the Royal family in the UK, also the Royals of Spain, Denmark, Greece and Monaco.

As well as performing, Craig has often taught specialist classes at Mountview, Millenium, Urdang, Elmhurst and Red Roofs Theatre School, although now has his own professional vocational full-time Starquest Performers College.

Craig is a professional adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Music, Dance and Drama Festivals Worldwide. He regularly lectures on dance and Musical Theatre subjects with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and has been part of the South East area Theatre Dance Council Committee (IDTA) for the last five years.

Craig is the full-time Course and Creative Director of Starquest Performing Arts and Starquest Performers College in Kent. See Craig’s full career at www.starquestpc.co.uk.

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Anna Markland has had a varied and happy musical career for over thirty years, combining performing careers both as a singer and a pianist with a thriving private teaching practice. She was educated at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and in 1982 won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Many concerto and recital performances followed, and in 1984 she went to Worcester College, Oxford to read music. During her time there she became a founder member of the now internationally recognised vocal ensemble I Fagiolini. She spent two years as a post graduate at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Philip Fowke, a teacher who continues to inspire her to this day.

2015 highlights included a Carnegie Hall debut in New York, a new “first” when she both sang and played the piano on “Amuse Bouche”, a recording of French twentieth music that was released in April 2016 (both with I Fagiolini), that was subsequently followed up with a Wigmore Hall performance, and a collaboration with singers such as James Gilchrist, Matthew Brook and Mhairie Lawson to record the songs of Manchester based composer Stephen Wilkinson. 2016 has seen more performances of “Amuse Bouche” with I Fagiolini, at various Summer Music Festivals throughout the UK, and performances of Steve Reich and James Macmillan with the Britten Sinfonia Voices at venues such as Kings College Cambridge and the Barbican in London.

No two days are ever the same for Anna, and this has resulted in a joy of music in all its forms; whether teaching, playing, adjudicating, accompanying, recording or singing! When not immersed in music, her other passion is vegetable growing on her allotment, and feels that the patience and nurturing required to produce successful produce perfectly mirrors the dedication needed to be a musician. She is  elighted to be returning to Maidenhead, and very much looking to hearing everyone playing the piano.



Valerie Hoppe trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, specialising in Choral Conducting, Singing and Piano. She is widely known as a Choral Director, teacher and adjudicator, and is particularly in demand for her work with the development of young voices, both in solo and choral work.

She has been responsible for the organisation, training and direction of many community performances of major choral works, including Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’, Haydn’s ‘Creation’, and the Requiems of Mozart and Fauré.

On many occasions she has organised and directed massed children’s choirs in performances of various cantatas.

Valerie has performed with many well-known artists including the opera singer Benjamin Luxon, the percussionist Evelyn Glennie and the cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber, as well as the major Military bands in Britain, such as the band of the Welsh Guards and the Band of the Irish Guards.

She is currently director of five choirs.

In addition to her work with choirs, she has a large number of singing students, ranging from beginners and many young singers to highly experienced performers. In 2003 she was awarded the M.B.E. for her services to music.



Whilst initially primarily a flautist, Helen Duffy has also established an international
reputation as a Violinist, winning the Guildhall First Silver Medal for the most outstanding
violin diploma.

After winning South East Arts “young musicians” platform, The Royal Over seas league
competition and the London area of the Shell/London Symphony Orchestra Music
Scholarship. Helen made recital debuts age nineteen at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell room,
receiving unanimous critical acclaim.

Since then she has worked worldwide as a duo instrumentalist, performing and broadcasting
in England, Ireland, Italy, Sicily, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, the Azores Islands,
Poland and the U.S. Festival appearances in this country include, Henley, Bath, Harrogate,
City of London and Huddersfield Contemporary Festival.

She has also made several C.D recordings.
In addition to the concert performing, Helen also works as an examiner and coordinator for
the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and as an international adjudicator. In
these capacities , she has toured Canada, USA, Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Hong
Kong, China, India, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, New Zealand and Europe in
addition to the U.K.

In her leisure time Helen enjoys Scuba-diving , swimming, cooking and dog walking near her
South Coast/New Forest Home.

The Festival does not provide an official accompanist. You are of course welcome to bring your own. Alternatively, if that is not possible, we can recommend the following pianists.

All arrangements with them are to be made privately and are not the responsibility of the committee. If you have any problems regarding accompaniment, the relevant Co-ordinator will be happy to advise.

Patrick Gazard 01494 511664 / 07880 540892
Jenny Hopper (Instrumental Section only) 01628 823259
Robert Jones 07740 582713
Stuart Ellam 07921189142



1. All classes are open to amateurs irrespective of area of residence. Although the festival is mainly intended for amateurs, professionals may enter the Open Classes. For the purpose of this Festival, a professional is defined in relation to each individual class in the Syllabus as a person whose main occupation is in teaching or performing of the subject covered by that particular class.

2. All entries must be received by the appropriate Section Co-ordinator on or before:
11th July 2016 – Dance Section
17th September 2016 – Music Section

3. The Festival Committee cannot be held responsible for non-arrival of entries for any reason and reserves the right to accept or reject any entry and if necessary to limit thenumber of entries.

4. No entry will be considered unless accompanied by the relevant fee. Cheques should be made out to: “Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance”. Entry fees are not refundable. Notification of competition date and time will be emailed to the person completing the entry form. Email addresses must be clearly legible. If you need the notification posted, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope with your entry.

5. The Festival Committee reserve the right to alter the Closing Date in all sections should it prove necessary. The right is reserved in the interest of providing a balanced timetable for the maximum enjoyment of all concerned.

6. Notification will be forwarded to each competitor or teacher. Competitors must accept the times and dates allocated to them by the Festival Organisers to any Class. However, the Organisers will try to accommodate special requests in exceptional circumstances, but only if specified on the entry form. Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate such requests, in the interests of the smooth running of the Festival, it may not be possible to do so. The order of performance within a Class is at the sole discretion of the Section Co-ordinator. Only in exceptional circumstances will the printed order be varied and then only with the agreement of the Adjudicator.

7. Competitors should arrive at the venue twenty minutes before the start of their class and be in the performance room ready for the beginning of that class. Any absent competitors will be called again at the conclusion of the class prior to adjudication.
Only in exceptional circumstances can adjudication be delayed owing to the late arrival of competitors.

8. In order to facilitate the smooth running of each class, it would be appreciated if competitors wishing to withdraw from one or more classes would communicate with the appropriate Section Co-ordinator in advance. Any competitor not present at the appointed time will be debarred from competing unless valid reasons are given. The decision of the Section Co-ordinator is final.

9. Each Section Committee has the right to decide any question or dispute that may arise. The Executive Committee’s decision is final.

10. The Adjudicator’s decision will be final in all Sections. Any form of communication by competitors, parents, teachers or any other interested parties with the Adjudicators is forbidden and renders the competitor liable to disqualification.

11. Competitors may take part in as many classes as they wish, providing they are eligible, but must not play the same piece more than once. Competitors may only enter the solo classes in their correct age groups where shown. The age of the eldest competitor in a group or ensemble determines the age group in which they will perform. The age of the competitors shall be taken as on 1st September 2016.

12. Pupils or past pupils of an adjudicator may not compete in classes examined by that adjudicator.


13. Medals may be awarded to the competitors who achieve the highest the first, second and third places. Trophies will be awarded where applicable. However, all medals and trophies will be awarded entirely at the discretion of the Adjudicators who may elect not to adhere strictly to the recommendation of the Festival.


Mark Category
75-77 Fair A performance limited in its communication.
78-80 Moderate A performance showing development of technique and/or communication
81-83 Merit A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability.
84-86 Commended A convincing performance, technically and artistically.
87-89 Distinction An excellent performance, technically and artistically.
90+ Outstanding An exceptional performance, technically and artistically.


14. Certificates and Report Sheets will either be handed out after the class has finished, or will be available for collection at the end of each class.


15. To comply with the Copyright Act, competitors are reminded that it is illegal to photocopy (or copy by any other means) copyright works without the permission of the copyright holder. However, the Music Publishers’ Association has issued a revised Code of Practice on copying copyright works for Music Festivals as follows:
“When an Own Choice work is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not published separately, one copy may be made for the use of the adjudicator, provided that (a) the competitor already has purchased a copy and (b) the photocopy is retained and then destroyed by the organisation”. This concession only applies to copyright holders who are members of the Music Publishers’ Association.

COPYRIGHT LAW (including use of mobile phones and cameras)

16. The Festival is bound by Copyright Law and therefore, the use of any type of recording equipment, including photography, audio tape/ CD recorders and video cameras during the course of the Festival is strictly forbidden.


17. The Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance will hold data submitted on the entry form on computer, solely for the purpose of running the Festival. The data will not be made available or communicated to any third party. However, winners’ names may be published in the local press or on our website. If an individual wishes to opt out of this, they should inform the relevant Co-ordinator before the commencement of the Festival.


18. Normally a first, second and third place will be announced by the Adjudicator in all classes. However, in classes where there are only a small number of competitors, the Adjudicator may use their discretion to award or withhold any of these categories.

19. Medals and Trophies will be awarded during the course of the Festival at the discretion of the Adjudicator. All Trophies are challenge trophies, held for one year, and remain the property of the Festival Organisers. Trophies must be returned in a clean condition to the respective Section Co-ordinator before the start of the next festival.

20. The winners are responsible for the safe custody of Trophies and for insurance at their own expense. In the event of damage or loss for any reason whatsoever, the holder will be responsible for the cost of replacement or repair and should take all necessary steps to obtain indemnity from his/her insurers. Trophy winners are responsible for the cost if they wish to have their names inscribed thereon in a similar size and style to the existing engraving.


21. The Festival Organisers accept no responsibility for loss or damage to personal belongings or equipment brought to the Festival.


22. All performers in Own Choice classes must declare the chosen pieces at the time of entry. Own choice pieces must be by published composers. Own compositions may not be used.

23. Any change to the declared programme listed on the entry form (including by change of piece, addition of piece, or deletion of piece) may result in either an entry being refused, or no category being awarded for the performance on the day.


24. We do not provide an official accompanist. However, a list of recommended accompanists can be found in the section above. Candidates are welcome to provide their own accompanist.


25. A copy of the full score with clear instructions as to how the composition is to be performed, and Details Sheet must be sent with the Entry Form, entry fee and stamped addressed envelope to the Section Co-ordinator no later than three weeks before the Closing Date. The entry may be rejected if this is not adhered to. The Festival Organisers cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to manuscripts.
Entry Form: The title, Composer’s Name and Performance Time must be stated on the Entry Form, in BLOCK CAPITALS.
Manuscript Copy: The title and composer’s name must be written on the Manuscript Copy in BLOCK CAPITALS
Details Sheet: A separate details Sheet must be attached securely to the Manuscript Copy, listing the following details in BLOCK CAPITALS.
1) Title of the piece.
2) Composer’s name, address and telephone number and legible email address.
Validation: Candidates under the age of 18 years must have the back of the Manuscript Copy validated as an original unaided work by an independent witness, e.g. Director of Music or teacher. Junior composers may be assisted, within reason, in the annotation of their compositions.


26. All classes are open to the public. The audience must not enter or leave whilst a class is in progress.


27. In all classes, competitors should not exceed the stated time limit and may be penalised or even stopped if they do so.

28. Repeats are optional, but all works must comply with the time limit.


29. Receipt of completed forms implies acceptance of these rules. Any enquiries, complaints, protests or representations regarding the results of the competitions must be made in writing within seven days of the date of the competition direct to the Festival Chairman. The decision of the Executive Committee in resolving disputes shall be final. Correspondence requiring a reply must be accompanied by a SAE.


30. This can be found HERE




The following local suppliers may be able to assist you in obtaining sheet music.

Sheargold Pianos Ltd, 53 King Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1DU 01628 771400
Dawkes Music Ltd, Reform Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8BT 01628 630800