Our Conductor - Bill Brooks

Bill Brooks was born in Hornchurch and made his early conducting debut at the age of seven when he conducted the Suttons Infant School Percussion Band at the Hornchurch Infants School Music festival. After primary school he attended Hornchurch Grammar School and the Royal College of Music, where he studied under Joan Dickson and Anna Shuttleworth. He graduated in 1970 and, after a postgraduate teaching course at Bretton Hall, had a lengthy teaching career in Oxford, Havering and Essex.

He conducted the Havering Youth Training Orchestra for five years, and from 1981-92 conducted the Upminster Bach Society, performing many of the major works of the choral repertoire, including Verdi's Requiem and The Dream of Gerontius. He has conducted the Havering Concert Orchestra since 2005 and is Principal Conductor. Bill is also Musical Director of St Andrew's Church, Hornchurch.