Kenneth Sandford

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Kenneth Sandford

1924 - 2004

Thomas Round with Ken Sandford - Buxton Opera House August 2000

Ken was born on 28th June 1924 in Godalming Surrey, although the family home was Sheffield.  He studied Art and obtained a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London.  However, before he could take it up he was called up into the RAF during the second world war.  At the end of the war he awaited demob by running art classes and painting scenery. He then took up his scholarship. He enjoyed singing and started to take lessons - this eventually lead to him getting a part in the chorus of Carousel.

In 1952 he married Pauline Joyce.  After many successful shows, including working with the "Crazy Gang" he was "granted" an audition by Bridget D'Oyly Carte and on 1st May 1957 he signed the contract with the company.

He had to learn all the parts very quickly and over the years he has honed these parts to the perfection for which he is now known.  His first G&S was The Mikado in which he took the part of Pooh-Bah - the rest is history - a career with the D'Oyly Carte of 25 years.

This is the famous production of Yeomen which took place in the Tower of London in  1962

Kenneth was Shadbolt and Tom Round was Fairfax

Here is Kenneth again as Shadbolt with Philip Potter as Fairfax, Donald Adams as Sergeant Merryll and Joyce Write as Phoebe

Ken's parts with the D'Oyly Carte were:-

Dr Daly - The Sorcerer

The Sergeant of Police - Pirates (He has said that he did not enjoy this part very much!)

Archibald Grosvenor - Patience

Private Willis - Iolanthe

King Hildebrand - Princess Ida

Pooh-Bah - The Mikado

Sir Despard Murgatroyd - Ruddigore

Wilfred Shadbolt - Yeomen of the Guard

The Grand Inquisitor - Gondoliers

King Paramount - Utopia Ltd.

Click on the underlined characters to see pictures of Ken. (The others will follow later!)