Roy Wales is well known in Rottingdean from creating and directing the Spring Music Festival that has been such a success over the last two years. He is currently Director of English Concert Management and the British Choral Institute and has lived in Rottingdean for almost seventeen years. Roy Wales has also directed more than 20 music and arts festivals in the past.
His career has covered more than forty years of extensive international experience as a conductor and in educational and arts management.
He has been County Director of Music for Essex and East Sussex County Councils and has spent twenty years in universities and conservatoires, including being Director of Music at the University of Warwick, Director of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Brisbane, Australia) and Professor and Director of the Birmingham Conservatoire. He gained his doctorate in music from the University of Washington where he was a Fulbright Scholar and has an MA in Arts Management from the City University, London. Early in his career he sang at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with the English National Opera and for the BBC. He has been a guest conductor with many orchestras and choirs including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Singers and is currently Music Director of the English Concert Orchestra, English Concert Singers and Chorus.