I was very sorry to hear, via Savoynet, that former D'Oyly Carte baritone Kenneth Sandford passed away today at the age of 80. Ken Sandford may very well have been my greatest DOC hero -- I've studied and idolized his recorded roles -- particularly, his Despard, his Pooh-Bah, his Grosvenor, and his Private Willis. I was already sorry that I was unable to attend his talk in Buxton this year -- now I am doubly sorry never to have met the man.
It is indeed very sad news. Although I never saw Ken perform, I did go to see an "In Conversation" with him in Buxton last year. I was also lucky enough to have a chat with him and he gave me loads of advice about singing and acting in the G & S operas. He was a remarkable man and will be sadly missed.ReplyDelete