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Kenneth Roberts

Kenneth Roberts was born in Hastings and educated at York University where he gained BA and MA degrees in music. He works as Conductor/Musical Director for numerous companies at home and abroad and has conducted over 250 opera, ballet and other theatrical productions.  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. Between 2001-2011 he worked at the University of New Hampshire, USA, where he directed a new 'African' Musical, that he was commissioned to write, and also composed music for an award-winning ‘international’ children's piece. He was also musical director and conductor for Plymouth State University's Educational Theatre Collaborative. In 2002 he 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 and in 2007 he completed a commission to write a ballet based on the novel 'The Trumpet Major' by Thomas Hardy. In 2010 he also contributed music for the recently published musical version of  'Pollyanna' and became a BIFF (British and International Federation of Festivals) adjudicator. During the last year he has enjoyed teaching musical composition at Battle Abbey School. 

 His highly acclaimed reduced orchestral arrangements of operatic scores by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and others are currently being played all over the world and are available from 'www.smallscores.com'.

In between times he has enjoyed giving his series of lecture recitals around the country at music clubs, and on cruise liners on subjects ranging from Mozart to 'Jelly Roll' Morton.

Entry to the 2024 Festival

Entries for 2024 Festival are now closed