Christine Teare
Christine TeareSinging Adjudicator
Alistair MacKenzie
Alistair MacKenzieSinging Adjudicator



Christine Teare was born in the Isle of Man and trained at the Royal Academy of Music gaining her ARAM, FTCL ARCM and Dip RAM Diplomas. She made her professional debut with the Welsh National Opera as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni). She has subsequently sung roles with the Welsh National Opera, The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the English National Opera and Opera North. Abroad, Christine has sung for Pocket Opera Nuremburg and also Augsburg.

On the concert platform she has appeared for all the major British orchestras in a wide range of work that includes Elgar’s The Kingdom and Verdi’s Requiem. Christine has made numerous appearances at venues in the UK as a regular contributor to Raymond Gubbay’s Opera Spectacular series and recently sang in the Royal Albert Hall and the Birmingham Symphony Hall.



Alistair hails from the Wirral and was born in 1960; his first appointment was that of organist and choirmaster of a local church at the age of 14. He is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music where he studied organ, piano, harpsichord and choral conducting and has studied with Dr. Francis Jackson OBE and Dame Gilliam Weir for whom he has also performed in master classes. His post-graduate study was at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music where he was awarded a major scholarship in organ studies and became Sub-Organist at Glasgow Cathedral.

Alistair has performed in many cathedrals, churches, concert halls and universities throughout Great Britain. He has directed courses for the Royal School of Church Music, adjudicated for and performed in national and local music festivals and conducted choirs in Austria, Czech Republic, France and Germany. His recordings and broadcasts include those for BBC television and radio.

Following a lengthy career in education as head of department at independent schools across the UK, he is now enjoying semi-retirement with a busy schedule as conductor, organist and pianist. He is Organist at St. Annes Parish Church, Lytham St. Annes, Musical Director of Fleetwood and District Choral Society and he directs the Lidun Singers of St Annes.

Barbara Lowe
Barbara LoweSinging Adjudicator
Barbara’s extensive career as a soloist includes choral works and recitals both nationally and abroad; recitals in the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, London, and broadcasts on radio and television. She was a Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music during her 21 years as a full and part-time member of the Royal Opera Company, Covent Garden with whom she toured extensively. Whilst continuing her own solo career and giving Master Classes in the art of singing, she is much in demand as a teacher of singing, drawing pupils from a wide area, and travels throughout the country and abroad adjudicating at Music Festivals and Singing Competitions.