West Midlands Platinum Jubilee Music Competition
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Judges

Judges

Judith Weir CBE - Chair

Judith Weir CBE - Chair

Judith Weir studied composition with John Tavener, Robin Holloway and Gunther Schuller. On leaving Cambridge University in 1976 she taught in England and Scotland, and in the mid-1990s became Associate Composer with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Spitalfields Festival. She was a Visiting Professor at Princeton (2001) Harvard (2004) and Cardiff (2006-13) and in 2014 was appointed Master of the Queen’s Music. From 2015 to 2019 she was Associate Composer to the BBC Singers.

Simon Halsey CBE

Simon Halsey CBE

Simon Halsey, is an English choral conductor. He is the Chorus Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, a position he has held since 1983, and has been Chorus Director of the London Symphony Chorus since 2012. He is also the Artistic Director of the Orfeó Català Choirs and Artistic Adviser of Palau de la Música, Barcelona, Creative Director of Choral Music and Projects at WDR Rundfunkchor, and Conductor Laureate of the Berlin Radio Choir. He is Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Birmingham.

Simon Toyne

Simon Toyne

Simon Toyne is Executive Director of Music of the David Ross Education Trust, where he is responsible for the development of a music programme for over 13,000 children across 34 state primary and secondary schools in the East Midlands, including establishing the award-winning Singing Schools programme for primary schools. From 1991 - 2015, he was Director of the Tiffin Boys’ Choir, working with some of the world's leading conductors in concert, on the opera stage, and in recordings, as well as Director of Music at Kingston Parish Church. He is a Director of the Rodolfus Foundation Choral Courses every summer. He was a member of the Government’s Expert Panel for developing a model music curriculum, and was the most recent President of the Music Teachers Association (2019-21). His chapter on curriculum music in the recent book What Should Schools Teach? was published in January 2021 and is available as an open access pdf from UCL Press. He is currently serving on the Expert Panel to oversee the new National Plan for Music Education. 

Carl Jackson MVO

Carl Jackson MVO

Carl Jackson, Director of music at Chapel Royal, was born in London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Malcolm Hill and Alan Harverson. He also held organ scholarships at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, and at Downing College, Cambridge, where he was a pupil of Peter Hurford. He obtained a postgraduate teaching certificate at Goldsmiths’ College (University of London) before embarking upon a thirty-six-year teaching career, from which he retired in 2018. 

Hilary Campbell

Hilary Campbell

Hilary Campbell is a British choral conductor based in London.  She is Associate Conductor of Ex Cathedra, and her guest work includes directing and preparing ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Chorus, whom she prepared for a performance of Mozart's Mass in C Minor at the Proms (see reviews here), The BBC Singers, Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Chorus, BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service Singers, the University of Greenwich Choir and the New London Singers.  She is Musical Director and Founder of professional chamber choir Blossom Street, and Musical Director of Bristol Choral Society, Chiswick Choir and West London Chamber Choir; she also runs projects with Master of the Queen's Music Judith Weir at the Royal Academy of Music, in conjunction with Blossom Street and the RAM composition department.  In addition, she is conductor of P&O Ferries Choir, the group which won the BBC2 show The Choir, whom she met whilst filming for the series.  In 2021, Hilary was honoured to be awarded the Making Music 'best vocal group music director' prize.