I'm interested in hearing peoples thoughts on what the criteria should be to become an adjudicator. My own personal feeling is that to be recognised as a credible adjudicator, the adjudicator should have a proven track record of conducting, composing or arranging at the top level. By doing so the adjudicator will have proven beyond doubt that they have the ability to read, dissect and understand a score. it seems to me that the recent trend seems to be to employ the best players (some of whom have no conducting experience whatsoever!) as adjudicators. I'm sure we will mostly agree that the best players dont always make the best teachers so what makes some contest organisers think they will make good adjudicators. Being a top player doesnt qualify someone to be an adjudicator, surely? Top footballers dont always make good managers do they! So, that's what i think on the subject. Come on people, join in the debate people P.S. the opinions expressed in this thread are purely my own and are in no way connected to any band I may have played for. This is not sour grapes either in relation to any contest results I may have been involved in, I'm just trying to provoke a healthy debate on the subject.