Peter Roberts has been Festival Administrator since 1998 and manages to prepare, coordinate, and administrate the Edington Music Festival in his “spare time” from his full time job as a teacher at St George’s School, Windsor. His academic background in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (specialising in Medieval and Renaissance Language and Literature), having been a Choral Scholar at King’s College, London in the 90s, and his former career as a barrister, make him uniquely suited to what is a huge and complex job.
His role involves working closely with the festival Director and the Directors of the three choirs to choose and agree the theme and music choices for the next festival. Working with a small team of volunteer assistants, he liaises with the festival designer in preparing the festival literature (leaflets and the 64 page Festival Companion); invites visiting clergy and all the choristers; fulfils the role of Safeguarding Co-ordinator and, as Secretary of the Festival Society, keeps minutes of meetings and stays abreast of all legal issues around copyright, safeguarding and contracts. In the days immediately before the opening of the festival, he also visits, accompanied by the festival Director, every person hosting the festival musicians.
During the festival, Peter is the ‘go-to’ person for any problem, working closely with the Church’s own churchwardens and Benefice Safeguarding Officer.