Jayne trained at Elmhurst and the Royal Ballet School
She performed professionally in musical theatre and
cabaret and was Show Choreographer for Empress Cruise
Lines, Singapore.
After retiring from the stage, Jayne opened her own dance
school in the New Forest, which enjoyed much success.
Following this she was appointed Director of Dance at
Stonelands School. Many of her former students are now
professional dancers in Classical ballet, musical theatre
and commercial dance, and she is particularly proud of
those who have gone on to become dedicated teachers, passing on their skills, experience and
love of dance to the next generation.
Currently, Jayne teaches the Royal Ballet School Junior Associates at the Southampton
Centre. She is a Lecturer for the ISTD and Dance Tutor for Imperial Ballet DDE and higher
teaching qualifications and an adjudicator for the British & International Federation of
Festivals and All-England Dance.


Jena Pang has had a distinguished dual career in music and law
and recently retired from being a solicitor in order to devote more
time to playing and teaching.
He was awarded an instrumental scholarship to study Music at St
Peter’s College, Oxford University, is a postgraduate from BPP
Law School and was a partner at Lindops Solicitors until 2014.
He has been teaching the piano and violin for the last 26 years
and is in demand as a concert artist, teacher and adjudicator,
having given many concerts, lessons, masterclasses around the
world and adjudicated competitions and scholarship awards.
His recent concerts have been recitals with Dennis Lee, Chee

Hung Toh and Graeme Humphrey.
In his youth he appeared on British and Hong Kong television programmes performing on
both piano and violin having studied the violin with the late Lydia Mordkovitch, the piano
with Lora Dimitrova and had lessons with Ruth Waterman, Keith Pascoe, and Christopher
Elton. During his studies he participated in masterclasses in chamber music and baroque
period performance practice with the Allegri Quartet, Nancy Uscher and Gary Cooper and
the Band of Instruments.

Jena annually adjudicates the Freda Parry Scholarship Fund in Essex and the Jena Pang Piano
Competition held at Milton Keynes Preparatory School. He is a keen supporter of the music
festival movement and has viewed this from various stages, from a child competing in piano,
singing, speech and drama, to currently being the Piano Convenor and a trustee of the
Southend Musical Festival. His students regularly compete in music festivals and
competitions in England and Hong Kong. Jena is an adjudicator of the British and
International Federation of Festivals.


Gaynor Keeble gained scholarships to the University of
Warwick and the Royal Academy of Music. She combines a
busy performing career with teaching both privately and at
Warwick University and adjudicating at many festivals as a
Federation adjudicator. She has also worked extensively with
English Touring Opera’s Education Programme and is also
vocal consultant to several local choirs and was recently made
patron of Wessex Chorus. She has been on the panel of the
prestigious David Clover Singers Platform competition and
has judged many prizes at Birmingham Conservatoire.
She was a member of Welsh National Opera for three years
and has worked for the Royal Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, D’Oyly Carte
Mid-Wales and English Touring Opera Carl Rosa. Roles with these companies include
Carmen, Delilah (Samson & Delilah), Amneris (Aida), Marchioness (Daughter of the
Regiment), Baba the Turk (Rake’s Progress), Mrs Sedley (Peter Grimes), Meg Page
(Falstaff), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Marcellina (Marriage of Figaro), Orpheus (Orpheus and
Euridice), Tisbe (Cenerentola), Katisha (Mikado) and Azucena (Il Trovatore). Concert work
includes appearances with the London Mozart Players, London Bach Orchestra, CBSO Royal
Philharmonic and The Philharmonia. She was made an ARAM in 2009.
She maintains a busy operatic career with recent engagements including Katisha for the
ENO), Third Lady (Magic Flute), Voice of the Mother (Hoffmann) and Annina (Traviata)
Royal Opera House, Hippolyta ( Midsummer Nights Dream) and Gertrude (Romeo & Juliet),
both for Opera North; Dame Hannah (Ruddigore) Opera North, Zita (Gianni Schicchi),
Auntie in the highly acclaimed Peter Grimes on the Beach for the Aldeburgh Festival and
Florence Pike (Albert Herring) at the Barbican with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Desirée
Armfeldt (A Little Night Music) Opera Project, Marcellina for Opera North, Mistress
Quickly (Falstaff) and Annina ROH, and her role debut as Kostelnicka (Jenufa) for
Longborough Festival Opera. She has recently finished a tour with ETO singing Marcellina
and a tour with the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival singing Fairy Queen (Iolanthe)
and Dame Hannah (Ruddigore) and will return to ROH for further performances of Annina
(La Traviata) in 2019.


Kay Tucker was born in Sheffield,
Yorkshire and began studies on the cello at
the age of 12, continuing studies at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Her portfolio career has combined
teaching and adjudicating with performing
as a soloist, chamber musician and
orchestral player.

Since 1998, Kay has been in popular demand as an Adjudicator throughout the UK, having
worked at well over 200 festivals including the National Festival of Music for Youth.
‘Encouragement’ is a key word in all aspects of Kay’s work and she has great joy in working
alongside musicians of all ages, particularly the very young.
Kay’s passion for teaching led her to develop an Early Years strings & general musicianship
system known as ‘Stringbabies’. Since its inception in 2004, ‘Stringbabies’ has become well
established and accepted as a leading approach in strings teaching (surprisingly to all ages!)
and is being delivered throughout the UK and abroad in individual teaching practices, schools
and music services.
In 2016, Musicbabies for Recorder was published, being the first adaptation of Stringbabies
for a non-stringed instrument.
Kay is currently working in partnership with Victoria College Examinations to develop a
bespoke Stringbabies Award for beginner string players.
In 2013 and 2014, Stringbabies was shortlisted for the Inaugural Rhinegold Music Teachers
Awards for Excellence in music education. In 2014 Kay was also a finalist in the BBC
Community Heroes Awards in Education in respect of her work in developing ‘Stringbabies’.
Over recent years, Kay worked as a consultant to Trinity Guildhall, selecting and co-selecting
repertoire for graded exams and diplomas.
Kay is a Trustee and member of the Executive council of the European String Teacher’s
Association (ESTA) as well as chairman of Horsham Performers Platform.
Kay became an Adjudicator Member of the British and International Federation of Festivals
in 1997 and undertook the Post-graduate Certificate in Adjudication in 1999/2000.

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.

Marisa Thornton Wood 07984 147663
Jenny Hopper (Instrumental Section only) 01628 823259
Robert Jones 07740 582713



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:
9th July 2018 – Dance Section
15th September 2018 – 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 2018.

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.

Dawkes Music Ltd, Reform Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8BT 01628 630800