Our Adjudicators

Barbara Law

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Barbara Law is a recorder player with a keen interest in contemporary repertoire. Often thought of as a retrospective instrument, she has promoted the 21st century recorder to audiences, composers and players throughout her career.

She has over 20 years of experience working with young players at the Purcell School and the Junior Royal Academy of Music and is in demand as a teacher, chamber coach, performer and adjudicator. She is editor of The Recorder Magazine and in 2012 was awarded an honorary ARAM for her promotion of and contribution to the recorder. Recent composition projects include the commissioning of a Recorder Concerto from Graham Fitkin for one player ( 6 different size recorders) and in 2019 she co-launched and ran the SRP Composers Competition for Recorder Quartet, adjudicated by Jonathan Dove.

Orphy Robinson MBE

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Orphy is an award winning multi- Instrumentalist, specialising on tuned Percussion.  Orphy is one of a select UK musicians to have recorded on the legendary USA label Blue Note.

A career spanning more than 30 years, he has won numerous industry awards, including JazzFM’s Live Performance of the Year in 2017.   The past 5 years, he has featured in the top 12 placing in the Critics Poll for ‘Vibraphonist of the Year’ in the award winning jazz magazine Downbeat.  Orphy is regularly invited to perform with internationally acclaimed artists of all genres of music including Nigel Kennedy, Carleen Anderson, Joss Stone, Robert Plant and Courtney Pine.

Orphy currently sits on various Boards including the Ivor’s Academy (formerly known as BASCA), the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He has been a judge for the British Composer Awards and the Ivor Novello Awards.

In 2018, he was awarded an MBE for services to music.

Duncan Chapman

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Duncan Chapman is a freelance composer / sound artist based in Lincolnshire UK. Much of his work involves collaborations with groups to create performances, installations and recorded works. Recent projects have been with The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, British Paraorchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Sound Festival. With Supriya Nagarajan he has been touring Manasamitra’s Lullabies projects in the UK and beyond including performances at the 2020 Jaipur Literature Festival, Spot on Festival in Sydney and at Casa da Música in Porto. Current projects include several online live performance projects and research into multichannel audio. Solo work has been released on the Silent and Linear Obsessional labels.

The album Dusk Notes, a collaboration with Supriya Nagarajan will be released in November 2020.

Supriya Nagarajan

Supriya Nagarajan, artistic Director/CEO, singer and composer, Manasamitra. 19 November 2018. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Supriya Nagarajan is a UK based vocalist/composer who creates cross- cultural cross-genre concept driven immersive music work. She has toured the globe and created work for festivals like the hcmf//, Ultima Oslo and Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She is a Performing Rights Society/Jerwood composer and an alumni of New voices 2018 Sound and Music. She is the Artistic Director of Manasamitra, a UK based arts charity and a passionate advocate for fair access in the music sector. Apart from Dusk Notes released in November 2020 and Drifting Slowly released on the Cafe Oto Takuroku label , forthcoming releases are on the Leeds based Come Play with me label. Supriya has recently commenced a podcast series for Opera North as part of their Resonance residency with an imminent release date.

Bushra El-Turk

Bushra El-Turk is a British-Lebanese composer, selected by the BBC as one of the most inspiring 100 Women of today. Bushra has written over sixty works for the concert hall, the stage and multi-media, performed and broadcast on radio and television worldwide, including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Proms, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Latvian Radio Choir amongst others, often integrating the musics and musicians of different cultural traditions, creating works that are ‘…ironic…’, ‘…arresting…’ and of ‘limitless imagination’. She is published by Composers Edition and is artistic director of the cross-genre Ensemble Zar and currently teaches composition at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.