The stars behind the scenes who make performances shine


Brian Brooks, Senior Technician

Brian has over thirty years' experience working within the sound, music and theatre industry. He began his early music experience working for many years as a keyboard player/pianist in covers bands in the south of England. 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 in Music Technology.

He moved to Cumbria after university and has now been at the university for about twenty years. He has since achieved post-graduate qualifications in MA Performing Arts (focusing in surround sound and live video performance) and a PG Certification in Education. For a number of years, he also worked part-time as a Lecturer in various music/sound subjects.

Away from the university, he works as a sound designer/engineer on projects with many professional musicians and artists. He is also still an active musician in the community and a video artist - collaborating on events across the north of England.

Tony Sharpe, Technician

Tony has worked at the University of Cumbria (formerly Cumbria Institute of the Arts) as Senior Technician/Technician for over a decade. 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.