KENNETH SANDFORD was born in Surrey and brought up in Sheffield where he studied at the College of Arts and Crafts. Before joining the company, in 1957, he had decidedly varied experience; in "Carousel", "King's Rhapsody", "Paint Your Wagon", 800 performances as principal singer with the Crazy Gang, and in "Kismet", as well as on the concert platform, oratorio, television and broadcasting.

"I had six months at the Opera School and them somebody recommended me to Miss Bridget D'Oyly Carte", he recalls, "To my amazement I was selected and began singing principal roles with the company - straight in at the deep end!"

A keen sportsman, especially interested in cricket, swimming and tennis, he is also a talented artist, and is an Associate of the Royal College of Art, London He joined the Company in 1957 as principal bass-baritone, playing what are known as the 'Pooh-Bah" parts and staying with the company until it's demise in 1982.

He sang the role of Wilfred Shadbolt in the City of London Festival production of "The Yeomen of the Guard" at the Tower of London in 1962.

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