Bexhill Choral Society

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Bexhill Choral Society was founded in 1952 and over 60 years later is still going strong!

 

Kenneth Roberts has been the Musical Director since 1996.  

 

Past concerts have included Mozart's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Haydn's Creation and Nelson Mass, Handel's Messiah and Coronation Anthems, Glorias by Poulenc, Puccini, Rutter and Vivaldi, Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man, Parry and Stanford songs, Gilbert and Sullivan, Kenneth Roberts' Psalmus Britannicus, and of course Christmas carols and music.  

Kenneth Roberts is Hastings born and bred and went on to study at York where he gained BA and MA degrees in music. He is also Musical Director for First Act Opera, Opera South East and the Sussex Concert Orchestra. Ken is an internationally known musician and conductor having played and conducted at many prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Festival Hall. His Harpsichord Concerto has recently been premiered and recorded.

 

During the last three years he has spent time in the USA writing and directing musicals for children and fulfilling a commission to mark the centenary of the birth of Sir William Walton. He recently completed a commission to write a ballet based on the novel "The Trumpet Major" by Thomas Hardy.

 

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Kenneth Roberts - Conductor and Musical Director

Nigel Howard – Accompanist

 

 

Nigel was born and brought up in Hastings where he started piano lessons at the age of six. Later, he was a choirboy at Holy Trinity Church, Hastings, where he also had his first organ lessons.  He continued his studies at Trinity College of Music before going up to Durham University as an organ scholar.  Here he continued lessons with the cathedral organist and, later, attended specialised classes with Fernando Germani in Siena, Italy.  After graduation Nigel taught in Hertfordshire where his work included direction of orchestras and involvement with stage musicals.  His work with school choirs covered many popular parts of the choral repertoire, and also included participation in choral events abroad, particularly France, and Italy.  Since retirement, Nigel has returned to his roots.  He is organist of Holy Trinity Church, Hastings, works with various choral groups and local musicians, and is in demand as an accompanist for local singers and choirs.