Profile - Kenneth Roberts
(Conductor/Musical Director and OSE Founder)
Ken was born in Hastings and educated at York University where he gained BA and MA degrees in music. He works as Musical Director for numerous companies at home and abroad. He has played and conducted at many prestigious venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Festival Hall, The Britten Theatre, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court. His second opera, Mister Butterfly, which he wrote in 1994 was premiered in Hong Kong and subsequently performed at the Edinburgh Festival, and featured in a documentary shown by BBC television and BBC World Service Satellite. He also enjoys giving his series of lecture recitals around the country on subjects ranging from Mozart to ‘Jelly Roll’ Morton.
In the past few years he has spent several spells in New Hampshire, USA, where he directed a new ‘African’ Musical, which he was commissioned to write. In 2002 he wrote the music for an awardwinning ‘international’ children’s piece produced in New England and fulfilled a commission from the Purcell School in association with the Vaughan-Williams Trust as part of their centenary celebrations to mark the birth of Sir William Walton. In 2005 he completed a commission to write a ballet based on the novel ‘The Trumpet Major’ by Thomas Hardy.
He has recently become a BIFF adjudicator and also lectures part time for the WEA.
Link to Kenneth's personal website... with details of his next performances.