Conductor & accompanist

Yonni Levy  —  Conductor

Yonni has recently been appointed as our new conductor. Born in 1997, he is one of Britain’s youngest active conductors working with high profile ensembles. As well as being in his final year of vocal training at Leeds Conservatoire, he studies conducting with Neil Ferris and has learnt with some of the country’s leading choral directors. Although specializing in choral conducting, Yonni also conducts an array of orchestral music and opera.

Recently the Assistant Chorus Master to David Hill for Elgar’s Music Makers, Yonni worked with the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as singers from the Leeds Conservatoire Student Chorus which he directs. He returns to the same role under David Hill later this year with Howells Hymnus Paradisi, this time with the Orchestra of Opera North. He was previously the Musical Director of Skipton Choral Society, and has worked with various choral societies across the north-west and West Yorkshire.

Yonni will be conducting the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in August 2017. He featured as a conductor at the Festival Ustek in Prague, accompanied by his Leeds Conservatoire Chorus, and works in Paris conducting the English Choral Group. He has just finished two seasons as the Musical Director Intern with Leeds Youth Opera. He has worked with Nick Lloyd Webber and Kay Mellor in an advisory position, composing the new West End musical, ‘Fat Friends’. He is the Artistic Director and Animateur of a project creating Official Football Club Choirs. He currently works with one Premier League club and two from the Championship.

Yonni occasionally performs as a baritone. He performed as a soloist at the International Lieder Festival in Leeds 2015. He played the role of Mr. Peachem for Britten’s Beggar’s Opera with Leeds Conservatoire and won the Margret Markland award with the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir in 2016.



 




Robin Cook  —  Accompanist

Robin hails from Watford, in Hertfordshire. He began playing the piano at the age of eight. Six years later, he took up the clarinet, achieving a pass with distinction in the Associated Board Grade 8 exam within twenty months of beginning his studies.

His formal musical training began at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, later moving on to the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 1976 with an A.R.C.M. diploma and a G.R.S.M. degree. This was followed by a year at the Institute of Education at London University to qualify as a teacher.

In 1978, he joined the Hertfordshire Music Service as a peripatetic woodwind teacher, while developing his skills as a piano accompanist, and also gaining valuable experience in rehearsing and conducting ensembles of various sizes. Shortly after this, he was invited to become Head of Woodwind and principal accompanist at Dame Alice Owens School in Potters Bar, a state school with a strong musical tradition. He held this post for thirty-five years, and latterly became the Senior Moderator for Hertfordshire, working to maintain a high standard of instrumental teaching across the county.

Robin retired officially in 2014 to concentrate on his first love -  playing the piano in an accompanying role.