Our Panel of Judges bring to the World's Favourite Festival competition their dedicated knowledge of music and travel, and their vast experience as writers.

They have been tasked with selecting the richest, most entertaining and most poignant anecdotes and photos of your festival experiences - and in early May will present each lucky winner with a pair of tickets to the international musical festival of their choice. 

Dea Birkett
Dea Birkett

Dea Birkett

Dea Birkett is an award-winning writer and journalist, and author of seven books including Serpent in ParadiseOff the Beaten Track and Three Centuries of Women Travellers (with the National Portrait Gallery). She is a contributor to the GuardianMail on Sunday amongst other national publications, and is a regular commentator for the BBC.

 

 

 

 

Yehuda Shapiro
Yehuda Shapiro

Yehuda Shapiro

When not indulging his passion for opera as a journalist for Opera magazine and as an independent blogger, London-based Yehuda Shapiro works as a marketing consultant, commercial writer and translator. On his musical travels, he especially enjoys visiting smaller opera houses and discovering young singers.