Conductor & accompanist

Yonni Levy   —  Conductor

Born in 1997, he is one of Britain’s youngest conductors working with high profile ensembles. Yonni studies voice, baritone, at Leeds Conservatoire and is privately trained in conducting under the BBC Symphony Chorus Director, Neil Ferris. Although specialising in Choral Conducting, Yonni also conducts both Orchestral music and Opera. A guest conductor of choral societies in the North-West and West Yorkshire, Yonni had a temporary job as Musical Director of Skipton Choral Society, then became Musical Director of Otley and Ilkley Choral Societies in September this year. He was recently Associate Chorus Master to David Hill for Elgar’s The Music Makers, working with the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and his own singers from the Leeds Conservatoire Student Chorus which he directs. He returns to the same role under David Hill later this year with Howell’s Hymnus Paradisi, with the Orchestra of Opera North.

In 2017 Yonni featured as a leading conductor at Festival Ustek in the Czech Republic, accompanied by his Chorus from Leeds Conservatoire, and regularly works in Paris conducting the English Choral Group. Yonni goes to Thailand each year to work with the Thailand Philharmonic Chorus. In the UK, he has just finished his position as the Musical Director Intern with Leeds Youth Opera after two successful seasons. He has worked with Nick Lloyd Webber and Kay Mellor in an advisory position, composing the new West End prospect musical, Fat Friends. He is the Artistic Director and Animateur of a project creating Official Football Club Choirs to represent their club through out-of-ground professional chorus; he currently works with one Premier League club and two from the Championship. As a baritone, Yonni was a soloist at the International Lieder Festival in Leeds 2015, played the role of Mr. Peachum in Britten’s Beggar’s Opera and won the Margret Markland award with the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir in 2016. He has also performed at the BBC Proms six times as a chorus member with various ensembles.



 




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.