Robert Bailey AGSM, LRAM

Robert attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Christopher Bunting and Stefan Popov and has enjoyed a varied career, having held principal ’cellist positions at English National Opera, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, with whom he was first ’cellist for ten years, and the Academy of London.

He was also ’cellist in the Delme String Quartet which took him all over Europe, and with them he made several CDs, and broadcast frequently on BBC Radio 3.

Robert has conducted in London with the Locrian Chamber
Orchestra and the English National Orchestra, and in Australia,
giving the premiere of Larry Sitsky’s Symphony with the Canberra
Symphony Orchestra.

Robert Bailey teaches ‘cello and piano, and has worked at the
Royal College of Music and The Guildhall School of Music as an
orchestral and chamber music coach, and taught for several years
at London’s Centre for Young Musicians where he was conductor of
the Symphony Orchestra and the String Chamber Orchestra. He is
also much in demand as an adjudicator at competitive festivals all
over the UK, and is an examiner for ABRSM.

Keith Smith M.Mus, BA, ARCM, ATCL, LGSM

Keith Smith received singing and piano lessons from the age of six and was renowned throughout the Midlands as a treble soloist.  He also became a violinist in the Leicestershire and National Youth Orchestras before studying choral and orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music.  In addition, he has degrees in music from both Leeds and Surrey Universities.  After holding leading school-teaching positions he became a full-time conductor, and has worked with major choirs and orchestras both at home and abroad.  For many years he directed the work of the Southampton Youth Orchestra and in 1991 founded 'Hampshire County Youth Choir.'  Throughout his career he has given violin and viola tuition to gifted pupils, and he has ex-students who play in orchestras throughout the world.

Keith has been an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals for many years and is delighted to have the opportunity to come to the Hornsea Music Festival.