Youngster set to rock historic choir

Robert Brooks is the new conductor of the Cecilian Choral Society, during rehearsal at St Austin's Catholic Primary School, Preston.

Robert Brooks is the new conductor of the Cecilian Choral Society, during rehearsal at St Austin's Catholic Primary School, Preston.

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A young musical prodigy is set to shake-up a historic choir.

Robert Brooks, 21, is passionate about music and the classical music maestro has just become the youngest ever conductor of the Preston Cecilian Choral Society. The choir was formed in 1927 and practices at St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, Preston, and modest Robert is pleased to be involved with such a prestigious choir.

He said: “It is a great choir, thankfully the opportunity to work with the Cecilian’s came up.

“I’m lucky that I am overseeing three or four choirs this young.

“At 21 I wasn’t expecting to be this successful.”

Martin Cassell, chairman of the Cecilians, revealed the youngster was chosen because of his enthusiasm.

He said: “Robert has been playing music at a high level since the age of eight.

“We interviewed four people and we were overcome by his passion.

“All of the choir was inspired by him and we are pleased he has joined us.”

Robert, who lives in Manchester and oversees three more choirs, believes the secret to his success is that fact that he knows what it is like to be in a choir.

He said: “I think it helps that I am a singer as well.

“I love the way music makes me feel when I’m conducting or performing for people.

“When it is good, it is like a drug. There is a euphoria that engulfs you when you hear and make really good music.

“I don’t think age matters, sometimes it is just about making people feel the music and connecting with the choir and audience.”

And the young conductor revealed his aim for the choir is just to create beautiful music and improve the overall sound.

He said: “I have fairly strong instincts as to how music should be played

“We are always trying to make a wonderful sound.

“But we want to make that raw sound better.

“I’m very energetic and enthusiastic and I think that rubs off on the choir.

“We had our first concert together last week and I think it went really well, I’m looking forward to creating more music.”