MARILYNNE J. R. DAVIES BA, MEd, LRAM, Cert Ed., PGCA, FRSA
Having studied Voice, 'Cello and Piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Marilynne began her career in education and later studied for a Masters Degree in Education. Her experience in teaching ranges from nursery to post-graduate levels and she has been external examiner and assessor in performance for a number of universities at the graduate and post graduate levels. She was until recently Head of the School of Performance at the College of Ripon and York St.John –a post that included Music, Dance, Drama, Film and Television.
She now has a busy freelance career as an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, as a voice consultant, teacher and conductor, and as a leader of a variety of workshops. She is Deputy Music Director of the 140 strong Harrogate Choral Society, founder of the Harrogate Polyphonic Choir and director of a small group of female voices called Beati. In 2011 she was honoured to be one the first of two Music adjudicators to be created a Fellow of the British and International Federation of Festivals.
Her membership of a consortium of European Conservatoires has led her to research into the Practice of Performance. The results of that research have been implemented across the conservatoires.
As a singer she has performed in opera and oratorio and as a recitalist. She has sung with a small professional choir of 20 voices with whom she gave first performances of newly commissioned works.
In her spare time Marilynne enjoys walking - preferably contour walks – playing social Bridge and collecting enamel patch boxes!
NADIA HINSON (GRSM Hons, LRAM, LTCL, Royal Society of Musicians)
Nadia graduated from the Royal Academy of Music after having studied the violin with Manoug Parikian and the piano with Jean Harvey. She was awarded first prize for Aural studies and her quartet won the string chamber prize in her final year. Nadia was the featured soloist playing the Lark Ascending and Bach double violin concerto for the Benslow Trust at St. James’ Piccadilly having been awarded an instrument to continue her studies. Other concertos in her repertoire include performances of the Mendelssohn, Mozart no.3 and 4, Haydn in C, De Beriot, Viotti, and works by Beethoven and Finzi.
She began her career as a freelance violinist playing in many London based orchestras. As an accompanist to singers and instrumentalists, she met her musician husband Nigel and together they founded the Veloce Ensemble (string quartet and clarinet quintet) touring throughout Britain performing specially commissioned works for that genre. Appearances at festivals and stately homes inspired a regular concert series at Belvoir Castle and Holmepierrepont Hall. As a recitalist on violin and piano throughout the East Midlands, Nadia has been highlighted in festivals and BBC features locally.
She is also currently the owner and director of the Hinson School of Music in Nottingham, and is an International examiner for the ABRSM, an adjudicator for the British and International federation of Festivals, and a member of the Royal Society of Musicians.
Nadia has been a senior consultant for the LEAD Academy trust, involved in developing music departments in schools in Nottinghamshire, and leading workshops to encourage and involve as many youngsters as possible in experiencing music and the arts in large scale productions and showcase concerts. She has set up composition workshops to inspire children to explore feelings and ideas through music and is a mentor for the Trust to develop self-confidence and communication through learning and performance.