Martyn Brabbins Biography (Wikipedia)
Martyn Charles Brabbins (born 13 August 1959) is a British conductor. The fourth of five children in his family, he learned to play the euphonium, and then the trombone during his youth at Towcester Studio Brass Band. He later studied composition at Goldsmiths, University of London. He subsequently studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory.
Brabbins first came to international attention when he was awarded first prize at the Leeds Conductors Competition in 1988. Between 1994 and 2005, Brabbins was Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He became principal conductor of Sinfonia 21 in 1994. He was artistic director of the Cheltenham Music Festival from 2005 to 2007. During his Cheltenham tenure, he established a new ensemble, the Festival Players. In Leeds, he created a new chamber music series called "Music in Transition". On 17 July 2011, Brabbins conducted the 6th live performance of Havergal Brian's Symphony No. 1 "The Gothic", at The Proms, which was later released on a Hyperion commercial recording. Brabbins was subsequently named president of the Havergal Brian Society. Brabbins is also conductor laureate of the Huddersfield Choral Society. In 2002, Brabbins founded a training course for aspiring conductors at the St Magnus International Festival in Orkney, which he continues to co-direct.
- An excerpt of Elgar's Enigma Variations, conducted by Martyn Brabbins on his 60th birthdayhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p07mdnpl.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p07mdnpl.jpg2019-09-04T12:00:00.000ZAn extract from "Nimrod" from Elgar's "Enigma Variations" performed at the BBC Proms 2019https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p07mdmz0
An excerpt of Elgar's Enigma Variations, conducted by Martyn Brabbins on his 60th birthday
- Sound of the summer - The Lark Ascendinghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0617x8v.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0617x8v.jpg2018-08-02T18:24:00.000ZThe Lark Ascending was inspired by a poem of the same name written by George Meredith, which tells the tale of a skylark singing an impossibly beautiful, almost heavenly, songhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p06gdlfq
Sound of the summer - The Lark Ascending
Martyn Brabbins Tracks