Brendan conducted the Beecroft Orchestra for some 9 years until December 2011. Through the arrival of x3 children and a hectic work existance he continued to support us and was much loved. What did we admire about him? He understood that we were not the Sydney Symphony but would always try our best for him. We are a community orchestra and in his final concert address he explained how he had come to understand the importance of the orchestra's mission statement "Uniting People through Music". His patience and emotional control were highly valued although we knew there were moments when we caused him great despair-but he never showed it. Thank you Brendan for the time you gave to us and for the trust you showed in us-you will never be forgotten.
Brendan will continue to return as a guest conductor of the orchestra into the future from time to time.
Biography - Brendan Cooper Brendan Cooper is a music teacher and head of Creative and Performing Arts at Carlingford High School. He has a deep love of music and enjoys sharing this passion with others. He values community music making and has been conductor of the Beecroft Orchestra for the past nine years. His interest in conducting developed gradually having enjoyed playing violin in orchestras since the age of ten. The highlight of his training was conducting the Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras as a part of Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development Program under the mentorship of international maestros Johannes Fritzsch and Christopher Seaman. He has also taken part in conducting courses lead by Harry Spence-Lyth, Graham Abbott and Jerry Nowak, studied with Henryk Pisarek, Romano Crivici, Varga Piroska and Max McBride and had workshop sessions with Stephen Williams, David Barg and George Torbay. Brendan has conducted a number of other community ensembles including The Occasional Performing Sinfonia, the Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra and String Sinfonia, and the Joubert Singers. Through the Department of Education’s ‘Arts Unit’, he has conducted hundreds of high school and primary school students in orchestras, string ensembles, choirs and stage bands at a regional and state level - including Primary Choral Concerts, the Arts North Music Festival and Senior State Music Camp.