Conductors for 2019 - Angelo Tsocos and Lawrence Tatnall
Angelo currently works as a professional musical director, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (piano, organ, violin, double bass, electric bass, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, flute and saxophone). He grew up in Upminster and attended the Coopers Company and Coborn School. Since having the opportunity to sing with his school choir in St Pauls Cathedral at the age of 11 he knew that music would have to play a key role in his life. He completed his Masters Degree in Music in 2012 and whilst undertaking it had the privilege of studying organ at Canterbury Cathedral with its Organ Scholar. He had previously been awarded an organ scholarship to study at Brentwood Cathedral in 2009.
Since university, Angelo has performed for Sky Sports during the London Olympics and also on Spanish TV. He has had the pleasure to perform alongside some of the worlds finest musicians, including Iain Mackenzie (Lead Singer at Ronnie Scotts), Sammy Main (BBC Big Band), Eddie MacManus (Bass Player to Shirley Bassey and Cliff Richard) and Geraint Roberts (Jame Bond Sound Track Arranger)
Angelo has conducted and/or performed in over 40 theatre shows across the UK and counting. He was the Musical Director for the 'Elton John Experience' which had previously performed at the likes of the Formula One in Bahrain and Wembley Stadium. With great pleasure, in December 2018, Angelo agreed to be the new accompanist for the Essex based men's choir 'men2sing', which are currently involved with the ITV show 'Britain's Got Talent'.
Lawrence's first conducting experience was at the age of 4 in his grandparents house with a knitting needle. He then got his first real baton at the age of 16 while directing a performance of Beethoven's Egmont Overture at the Kent Centre for Young instrumentalists. After being named the BBC Radio Kent Young Musician of the Future in 2002 he went on to graduate with BMus (hons) from the University of Surrey in 2005 (majoring jointly in performance and conducting) studying under Nicholas Conran. He then got a Postgraduate diploma at the Trinity College of Music. Lawrence has gone on to conduct many more works ranging from Mozart chamber music to larger choral works, and also ran the University College London Big Band for 9 years. He is currently the Musical Director of the Hackney Borough Youth Orchestra, the New Essex Choir and the Theydon Singers. He recently founded the East London Chamber Orchestra; a collective of professional musicians for performing with choral societies.
Lawrence is also a professional trombonist and has played in a diverse selection of groups ranging from principal trombone with Philharmonie de Nationale under Justus Franz to the prize winning brass dectet SE10.
Conductor 2005 to 2018 - Bill Brooks
Our conductor from 2005 to 2018, Bill Brooks, decided in 2018 that he would like to retire after concert in November 2018. The Havering Concert Orchestra has thrived throughout Bill's tenure as conductor. He has made rehearsals and concerts enjoyable for musicians and audience alike, and is justifiably immensely popular. Bill has also made an enormous contribution to the musical life of Havering, as you can read below, across several decades. Bill is looking forward to travelling and spending more time with his family.
So, our concert on Saturday 24th November will be the last under Bill's conductorship. It promises to be a very special occasion, one that we are sure you will not want to miss.
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.