We are delighted to announce that our adjudicators for 2019 will be Geoff Lucas (dance) and Richard Deering (music).

Geoff Lucas Photo 100x100      Geoff Lucas

Over the past 30 years Geoff has had a varied career with highlights being in the musicals Cats, Heathcliff, A Chorus Line, Godspell, Divorce me Darling and many more! As a singer he was a member of Stutz Bear Cats the international harmony group for several years. He regularly guest lectures for major dance associations and also runs the school Elwick Academy started by his mother 62 yrs ago! As an adjudicator he works for both The British and International Federation of Festivals and All England Dance. Based in London but also in the North East on a weekly basis.


Richard Deering Photo 100x100     Richard Deering

Richard has been an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals for over 30 years adjudicating an average of 12 festivals a year, including many overseas festivals, as a piano specialist and generalist. He has given piano performances – soloist and accompanist – in over 90 countries and has held teaching positions in establishments such as London College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Cambridge University and New York State University. He is also highly involved in the setting and examining of the Trinity Guildhall syllabus. His Federation work included serving on the Central Board of Trustees, Vice-Chair of the Adjudicator’s Council and with the administration of the PGCA qualification.


Our adjudicators are registered with the British and International Federation of Festivals and are recruited from outside of the Colchester region to ensure that there is no bias.


The Festival is competitive, and the adjudicator’s decision is final, with regard to marks, grading, and trophies and awards. Adjudicators will comment on the general standard of performance and marks will be given within one of the following grades:


Outstanding or 90+               An exceptional performance, technically and artistically.

Distinction or 87 – 89            An excellent performance, technically and artistically.

Commended or 84 – 86        A convincing performance, technically and artistically.

Merit or 81 – 83                     A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability.

Moderate or 78 – 80             A performance showing development of technique and/or communication.

Fair or 75 – 77                      A performance limited in its communication.


Every entrant will be given written individual comments and a certificate showing the marks and grade achieved. These will be presented at the end of each Class. 

Festival Dates



Music:  24th March

Dance: 15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd June  

Dance Gala:  Friday 28th June         


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