Francena’s early training was received from the Hammond School Chester and the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, with tuition from Andrew Hardy, Marie Rambert, Erroll Addison and Angela Ellis; studying classical ballet, contemporary, national dance of the world, Classical Greek, tap, jazz and musical theatre.
Performances include working with Ken Dodd, The Bluebell Girls, Cilla Black, The Beatles, Tommy Cooper, The Clark Brothers, The Black Abbots, Morecambe and Wise, Sandy Shaw and Billie Pearce.
Choreographic work includes the West End production of Annie, London City Ballet’s Carmen, choreographing for ITV, European cabaret venues and cruise ship agencies, plus many British professional pantomimes.
Past and present students have danced as soloists with ballet companies including the Kirov ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Festival Ballet, National Ballet of China, Danish Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet and Festival Ballet, with many more gaining television, radio and world-wide cabaret contracts to the present day.
Francena is an All England Dance adjudicator.



Pianist Luis Parés enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber musician, having performed in numerous countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America. He has appeared at the most prestigious British venues, including the Queen Elizabeth
Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and Bridgewater Hall among many others, performed as soloist with orchestras in Europe and South America and made live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, RAI, Kol HaMusika Israel and Spanish radio.
He started his piano studies with Juan Antúnez and Igor Lavrov and was a Scholar and a Mills Williams Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Gordon Fergus-Thompson and Andrew Ball.
He has been a prize-winner at many national and international competitions, including First Prize at the XI Ricard Viñes International Piano Competition (Lerida, Spain), the Philip and Dorothy Green Young Concert Artists Awards and Third Prize at the Maria Canals International Competition, duo sonatas category, in Barcelona.
He is Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College in London and regularly gives masterclasses and adjudications in the UK and abroad. He is also a grade and diploma examiner for ABRSM and Executive Director of New Virtuosi International Violin Mastercourses, which take place annually in the UK and Italy.


Rebecca won scholarships to RCM and Opera School and has sung professionally at Glyndebourne, WNO and Opera 80, amongst
others. As a soloist she has performed throughout the UK and Europe.
She conducts ‘Cantatrici’ chamber choir. She has a private voice studio in Oxford, and she teaches at St. Clare’s International College
and Bath Spa University. She coaches the Oxford Harmonic Choir.
She gives workshops throughout the UK on the functionality of the voice, accent breathing and vocal care and maintenance.
Rebecca has an MA is musicology and is currently a PhD research student at IOE, University of London. Her research investigates what interventions can maintain the functionality of the mature female voice. She is asked frequently to present her research at conferences throughout Europe and has recently spoken at Lund in Sweden and the Royal College of Music.
Rebecca performs locally as an oratorio singer; she also sings with a quartet called the Broadway Belles and is a regular jazz singer at venues in Oxford. She has always enjoyed being a crossover singer and being able to perform in different styles of music.
Rebecca is currently a director of the British Voice Association. She successfully combines teaching, singing, conducting, and researching. Rebecca is also an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals.


Caroline Diffley was born in Yorkshire and studied piano at the Royal College of Music. She taught at the Kent Music School in Canterbury and at the Dragon School in Oxford, before moving to the West Country. She taught piano at Wells Cathedral School for many years, working with both specialist and generalist students there.
Caroline now lives and works in Exeter, where she runs a private piano teaching practice. Her pupils have achieved many successes, including being awarded the ABRSM Gold Medal and the Sheila Mossman Memorial Prize for
the highest mark in local examinations.
Caroline is an ABRSM examiner of both grade exams and diplomas, and she had examined all over the world. She is also a moderator for Music Medals, and is a busy adjudicator at music festivals.

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 (Instrumental Section only this year) 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:
8th July 2019 – Dance Section
21st September 2019 – 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, for a small entry fee. 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