He won the Silver Medal in the Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition at La Scala, Milan, and in the Rupert Foundation Competition with the London Symphony Orchestra. He was Assistant to André Previn and the LSO and Associate Conductor to the BBC, conducting concerts and broadcasts with all the BBC's orchestras.
Brian won particular praise for performances of Berlioz and Liszt at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as for UK premières of Lutoslawski and Penderecki and world premières including Robert Simpson’s 7th Symphony. He conducted the BBCSO in an acclaimed BBC2 production of Stravinsky's Pulcinella - available on DVD - and the opening concert of BBC Radio 3’s “Beethoven Experience”.
Brian has conducted the LSO, BBCSO, RPO, Philharmonia and London Philharmonic at London’s Royal Festival, Royal Albert and Barbican Halls. He has been a guest conductor with all of the other major British orchestras. He toured in Switzerland and Belgium with the BBCSO, in Greece and China with the RPO, and has been a guest conductor in over twenty countries. He has recorded for the EMI, Decca, Teldec, Crystal and Regis Tro labels.
Brian enjoys a close association with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, regularly conducting in their London International Series. Recent concerts with the RPO have featured Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony. He was most recently a guest conductor in Norway, Slovenia and with the George Enescu Philharmonic in Romania, where he returns in 2013/14. He is Music Director of the highly regarded UK “community orchestra” Maidstone Symphony Orchestra.
Brian is particularly renowned for his performances of the symphonic choral repertoire. He was Conductor of the BBC Symphony Chorus for 10 years and has been Music Director of Goldsmiths Choral Union in London for over 40 years. Last October he celebrated GCU’s 80th birthday with a star-studded performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Royal Festival Hall.
2013/14 brings a spectacular programme of English music with the RPO at the Royal Festival Hall in October, including Elgar’s Cello Concerto, with the acclaimed BBC Young Musician Laura van der Heijden, and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. Brian also conducts Verdi’s Requiem with the Philharmonia in February at the RFH, and two performances of Handel’s Messiah with the RPO at the Royal Albert Hall in December.