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-
Robin retired officially in 2014 to concentrate on his first love -
Yonni Levy — Conductor
Born in 1997, Yonni Levy is one of Britain's youngest active choral conductors working with high profile ensembles. As well as being in his final year of vocal training at Leeds Conservatoire, Yonni studies conducting with Neil Ferris and has learnt with some of the country’s leading choral directors.
Yonni is the Musical Director of Ilkley and Otley Choral. The two choirs perform all concerts together and share over 150 voices between them. Yonni has worked with various choruses such as the Thailand Philharmonic Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, The English Choral Group in Paris and Salford Choral. He previously directed the Leeds College of Music Student Chorus and Skipton Choral Society. Yonni has been involved preparing choruses for orchestras such as; The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Orchestra of Opera North, The Gorton Philharmonic and The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, an orchestra he has worked with as an orchestral conductor. In 2015 Yonni held the Musical Director internship with Leeds Youth Opera for two seasons. Yonni has performed across Europe and Asia including conducting at Ustek Choral Festival and Bor Choral Festival.
Yonni, also performs as 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.