Kenneth has been a classroom Music Teacher for more than 40 years, in a wide variety of schools from Primary, to Grammar and State Boarding College. Taking his first position as a Head of Department at the age of 26, he rapidly developed a practical and hands-on classroom teaching technique that embraced abilities and talents at all levels, and encouraged composition with or without conventional instruments, or the ability to read music. In 1977 Kenneth was the subject of a film made by Professor John Paynter of Leeds University on Classroom teaching method called ‘Starting Points’ which eventually became the basis of the modern curriculum.
In 1982 Kenneth entered a selection of Classroom Compositions in the Music for Youth National Music Auditions. This was the first time classroom music had been heard at the NFMY. The entry was invited to take part in the Finals in the South Bank. The Highest Achievement Award was given to them and was followed by a performance at the Schools Prom. This was amongst Kenneth’s proudest moments as a teacher, since all those taking part were what are now termed children with special educational needs. One went on to be a drummer in a successful band.
Kenneth spent 15 years as Director of Music at Wymondham College, a co-educational state boarding school in Norfolk, where he built a large department, including over 20 visiting peripatetics, and one in three children were learning at least one instrument. The arrival in 1997 of twin daughters to Kenneth and his wife, Jan, caused him to reflect, and he took a sabbatical in 1999 – 2000, to be a full time Dad (and part time composer!), after which he returned to the Classroom part time at a local High School to teach GCSE music. He tried to retire (again!), but from September 2007, has joined the Norfolk Music Service giving children in Primary Schools the chance to learn an instrument, by taking large class general Music lessons, under the Wider Opportunities Scheme. Now teaching freelance in local primary Schools.
He is also an Adjudicator (NFMA qualified), both freelance and at the Music for Youth Regional Auditions and Finals.
He composes regularly for local musicians and Societies, both in the UK and USA. A range of works are listed on his website.
In parallel to his educational career, Kenneth has over 30 years experience of conducting both as resident and guest conductor for choirs and orchestras. Kenneth has worked with many international soloists (Dennis Matthews, Atarah-Ben-Tovim, Emma Johnson and Christopher Keyte) and artistic directors of high repute, including a production of La Traviata with Bryan Drake. Well known for his inspirational vision and dynamic style, Musical Societies have flourished under his direction. Works conducted include Dream of Gerontius, Verdi Requiem, Carmina Burana and a wide range of concerti, symphonic works and new commissions.
He is no stranger to the bold and innovative; on acquiring a cassette recording and set of parts from the composer Malcolm Arnold for a ‘lost’ musical (Parasol) from the 1960’s, Kenneth reconstructed the full score and produced the world stage premiere to great critical acclaim. He has a detailed knowledge of the works of Sir Malcolm Arnold, and has conducted a large number of his compositions.