Leeds Festival Chorus are delighted to announce that Robert Brooks has been appointed as Chorus Master Scholar for the 2017-18 season
Robert Brooks is a baritone, conductor and composer based in Manchester. As well as recital and concert appearances, he directs the Preston Cecilian Choral Society, the Manchester Singers and the Abney Orchestra, and is currently a conducting scholar with the Leeds Festival Chorus.
Robert began his musical education in London, where he attended Junior Guildhall studying piano and guitar. After moving to Oxford, he started to play the cello and sang as a treble in New College Choir, under Edward Higginbottom. At Abingdon Boys School he began to study conducting and composition, and played in the Thames Vale Youth Orchestra. Robert then completed a music degree at Manchester University, where he directed the chamber choir Ad Solem and was given an award by the university for services to choral conducting. During this time he also sang in the third Genesis Sixteen choral programme.
After graduating, Robert directed the Leeds College of Music Choral Society and the Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, and is this year a member of the National Youth Choir Fellowship – an octet of exceptional young singers selected to form a flagship ensemble for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.