ADJUDICATORS 2021

Strings : Michael Fortescue
Instrumental : Dorian Broomhall
Dorian Broomhall started playing the trumpet in year 7 in 2003, with a second place slot in the Clarence Eisteddfod in his final year at high school in the concert band section remaining a sticking point with his friends from the school that won (Ogilvie) to this day. Broomhall joined the Royal Australian Navy as a reserve musician in 2008, and after a year of full time service with RAN band Sydney in 2009 completed a year at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music before moving to Melbourne to study at the Victorian College of the Arts. Graduating in 2013, Broomhall went on to work as a freelance trumpet player, working in professional musical productions, touring with bands both across Australia and Internationally, and recording and performing in Melbourne. He spent three years working full time with the RAN Band Melbourne, performing as a soloist with their concert band, big band and jazz ensemble.  Broomhall returned to Tasmania at the beginning of 2019, bring a wealth of experience from his time away. His time spent working across many genres gives him unique insight to how a great band works, and looks forward to passing on whatever he can to the next generation of emerging musicians.
Vocal : Marilyn Smith
Marilyn Smith was born in Hobart. She began singing studies with the late Cecil Trowbridge at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, then moved to Melbourne for further study with the noted teacher, the late Bettine McCaughan. After winning many prizes in National Vocal Competitions, Marilyn moved to London in 1981. From 1981-1990 Marilyn performed in over 60 operas, principally with Opera North (Leeds), but also with Opera Viva (London), Kent Opera, Oper door Vlaanderen (Ghent), The Royal Shakespeare Company, Wiesbaden Festival Opera and at La Fenice (Venice).  Work also included much of the standard Oratorio repertoire as alto soloist and broadcasts with the BBC and Yorkshire TV. Marilyn returned to Tasmania at the end of 1990, completing a Master of Music degree and going on to become Co-ordinator of Classical Voice at the Conservatorium. Performances during that time included opera & oratorio concerts and broadcasts with the TSO, as well as IHOS Opera, G&S Society, Exit Left, The Tasmanian Chorale, Launceston Philharmonic and Musica Dolce. Until her retirement Marilyn was an AMEB Voice examiner and served on the National Council of ANATS (Australian National Council of Teachers of Singing) for many years. She continues to teach privately and is a chorister at St. David's Cathedral.
Piano : Thomas Rimes
Originally from Hobart, Thomas Rimes has spent the past two decades working throughout Europe, the United States, China and Australia as an orchestral and operatic conductor as well as a composer and arranger for numerous productions and concert events. Following his studies in Australia, Thomas moved to the United States where he completed his Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting with Professor Pu-Qi Jiang at the University of Memphis. Living in the United States he worked for three years as a musical assistant to Plácido Domingo at the Washington National Opera, was the recipient of the Conducting Fellowship Award from the Georg Solti Foundation and premiered the concert version of his first opera, "The Long Ride Home" in New York City. In parallel to his work as a guest conductor throughout the United States and China, Thomas was based in Germany between 2009 and 2019 where he worked as a Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Kassel and Musiktheater im Revier where he conducted over 300 performances of operatic, ballet and symphonic music. In this role as Kapellmeister he also premiered several large scale compositions of his own music, most notably the Steam-punk opera "Klein Zaches, genannt Zinnober" which he co-wrote and orchestrated with the Berlin-based band Coppelius. Since returning to live in Australia in late 2019 Thomas has worked as the Director of Music at St David's Cathedral in Hobart where he has begun to expand the membership and the repertoire of the Choir and has programmed musical concerts at the Cathedral to increase the outreach of the Music Ministry. In the past year he has also appeared as a guest conductor with the Sydney Youth Orchestra. He is currently planning the premiere production of his new comic opera, "Annus Horribilis," based on the story of the Royal Family in 1992.