The stars behind the scenes who make performances shine


Brian Brooks, Senior Sound Technician

Brian has over twenty years' experience working within the sound and music industry. He began his early music experience, working for many years as a keyboard player/pianist in covers bands in the south of England – playing in clubs, functions etc. Alongside this, for about five years he was the music and business director of a theatre company based in Hampshire. Brian left the theatre company and bands behind him, when he eventually went to university at the London College of Music – graduating with a BA (Hons) Media and Radio Broadcasting and a DIPHE Music Technology.

He moved to Cumbria after working as a video technician in London and has now been at the university for well over ten years. He has since achieved post-graduate qualifications of MA Performing Arts (focusing in sound and video performance) and a PG Certification in Education. He is a member of the Musicians Union, the Audio Engineering Society and the Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers.

Away from the university, he works as a music composer, sound engineer, sound designer and video graphics artist in his home studio - working with many professional musicians and artists on projects. He is also still an active performing musician and a VJ artist - collaborating with a number of artists and musicians from the north-east on various multi-media art experiences.


Tony Sharpe, Technician

Tony has worked at the University of Cumbria (formerly Cumbria Institute of the Arts) as Senior Technician/Technician for seven years. Before this he worked at Cumbria Institute of the Arts as the Front of House manager and casual technical staff. He also worked on a variety of touring shows and bands doing varied technical roles. He has a BA (Hons) in Creative Arts, specialising in sound recording and band management.