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 and the Manchester Singers, and is the assistant conductor of the St George’s Singers.
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 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 program.
After graduating, Robert directed the Leeds College of Music Choral Society, the Edinburgh University Chamber Choir and the Abney Orchestra. He also completed a conducting scholarship with the Leeds Festival Chorus and a singing fellowship with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, for whom he is now regularly engaged as a conductor and coach.
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