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.