Brian Brockless studied organ and composition at the Royal College of Music under Herbert Howells and, later, conducting with Sergiu Celibidache at the Accademia Musicale, Siena, Italy (where he won the conducting prize in 1963). He was for much of his life the Director of Music at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield, London and was a much respected Choral Trainer. For twenty years he was a part-time professor at the Royal Academy of Music. He was also a senior lecturer at the University of Surrey and taught at Goldmith's and Morley colleges. Among the orchestras he conducted were The London Schubert Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Philomusica of London, Northern Sinfonia and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He pioneered the presentation of Choral music on TV with the ITV series 'A Date With Music'.
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