Meet the Band’s Conductor: Ian Brookman
Ian grew up in Enfield, North London and attended Bishop Stopford’s School. He studied Music at Lancaster University, where he specialised in conducting under Prof. Denis McCaldin. He quickly established himself as a versatile conductor and during his time at Lancaster conducted the University Symphony and Chamber orchestras, Concert Band, Students Orchestra, Choral Society and Chamber Choir. After graduating he continued his association with the University as a Guest Conductor for Choral Society and Orchestra. Whilst at Lancaster he founded and conducted the Lancaster Contemporary Music Ensemble directing the little performed ‘Machines Agricoles’ by Milhaud at the inaugural concert.
From 1998 – 2005 Ian was associated with a number of theatre companies and was Musical Director on a number of shows including Into The Woods (Milfield Theatre), West Side Story (Milfield Theatre), The Hot Mikado (Kenneth More Theatre) and Spring Awakenings (Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster).
In 2007 Ian was appointed to the post of Assistant Conductor of Camden Youth Orchestra, taking over as Principal Conductor in 2010. With the orchestra he has performed major works by Dvorak, Franck, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Wagner as well as concertos by Haydn, Mozart, Vaughn Williams and Arnold in the presence of the composers daughter. He regularly performs with the CYO at LSO St Lukes and the Royal Albert Hall as well as venues across Europe.
Ian has been a tutor and conductor on the National Youth Music Camps (founded by Avril Dankworth) since 2003, he conducts the Orchestra and has tutored a number of different ensembles including strings, wind and saxophone groups. He has been active in education since completing a PGCE at the Institute of Education (London) and has worked in the London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Havering, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. He has been Head of Music in a number of schools across London and is currently Head of Music at JCoSS in Barnet.
In 2016 he was appointed conductor of the Barnet Band.
To find out more, please visit Ian’s website here