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Judges 2020

Shirley Court

Shirley has spent her entire teaching career working with young people of all ages and abilities, in order to motivate and improve their singing. In September 2006 she was awarded with an Honorary Degree of DMus for her work as a conductor of Youth Choirs and Music in Schools from the University of Leicester.

Shirley was the conductor of both the Senior Girls and Junior CBSO Youth Choruses from September 1995 until July 2009. In September 2008 she was appointed as Director of the Halle Children’s Choir and prepares the choir working alongside world famous conductors for prestigious concerts. Recently the choir has been involved in the filming for a BBC production of Victoria Wood’s play ‘That Day They Sang’ called “Tubby and Enid.”

Up until April 2014, Shirley was the Director of the Cheshire Youth Choir for twelve years. Shirley also teaches singing to diploma level and many of her past pupils have a successful singing career.

Her ladies choir, The Chanterelles won the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2011 and The North Wales Choral competition in November 2011. The Choir were chosen to take part in the Cork International Choral Competition in May 2012 and in October 2013 won the Ladies category in the Isle of Man Choral Competition.

Shirley was privileged to be one of the three adjudicators for the BBC Choir of the Year held at the Bridgewater Hall and is a regular adjudicator at the Manchester Choral Competition. Shirley also acts as a consultant on many National Singing initiatives and delivers inset courses for teachers. She is delighted to be the Programme Leader for the Hallé Mentoring scheme for Vocal leaders in the Greater Manchester Music Hub.

Audrey Mattis

Audrey studied at Birmingham Conservatoire graduating in 1997 with a BMus in Vocal Studies before moving to Manchester. She joined the Popular Music Department at RNCM in 2015 and prior to that her roles have included:

Senior Co-ordinator for Music and Performing Arts at Manchester LEA’s Adult Education Service

Workshop leader for Manchester Camerata, RNCM Outreach, SERIOUS,The Barbican,
British Gospel Arts, GMMAZ (Brighter Sound), ARTIS

Music Service and Youth Service Projects with young people in Trafford, Tameside, Stockport

Mass Choir Director and Choir Workshop Leader across UK and Europe

Director of AMC Gospel Choir since 1993 – working with private and corporate clients, choir for The Hacienda Classical

David King

David became a member of the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) in 1975, entering the BABS Guild of Judges in 1995. He served Director of the singing category in 2001 – 2003 and most recently 2012 – 2015.

Although David’s expertise lie in Barbershop he maintains interests in many musical genres particularly classical and contemporary a cappella. He has adjudicated in numerous festivals including local music festivals in his hometown of Kent and occasionally abroad. Other festivals include the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod where he adjudicated in multiple classes in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2011 and the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition at the Royal Northern College of Music where he has adjudicated the all-day adult choral class each year since 2010.

David is an active vocal/choral coach, singer, arranger and choir director and outside the music world his interests include recreational mathematics.

Competition Details


Choirs taking part in the competition also have the opportunity to sing for the general public at spaces around the city - such as the outdoor Markets or the Manchester Museum.

The MACC usually begins mid-morning and the day is split into segments, divided by a lunch period, with the individual choral performances in both halves. The judge's decision and trophy presentation takes place at the end of each event, late afternoon, preceded by a performance from the previous competition's winning choir.

The venue for the MACC is the Royal Northern College of Music, both for its long and distinguished association with the promotion of music, its acoustically-designed auditoriums and it’s accessibility in terms of disability and transport links from the city centre.

Venue Info:

124 Oxford Road, Manchester,

M13 9RD

T 0161 907 5200