Gerard Brooks is a concert organist and teacher of wide experience. He first studied the organ with John Webster, and was elected Organ Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford. He then won the Stephen Arlen Memorial Award which enabled him to study with Daniel Roth in France at Strasbourg Conservatoire, where he was also active as an accompanist and tutor. He also studied with Susi Jeans and Nicolas Kynaston. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and was the first recipient of the Forsyth-Grant/Hurford Travelling Scholarship awarded by the RCO.
Gerard is Director of Music at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, and Curator Organist of the reconstructed 18th century Bridge organ of Christ Church, Spitalfields. He teaches at Latymer Upper School and for the Royal College of Organists Academy and is an organ professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
He contributed many articles to musical journals as well as writing the chapter on French and Belgian organ music for the Cambridge Companion to the Organ. His recordings on the Priory label have all been broadcast on national radio and include the complete works of Eugène Gigout played on historic organs in France on five CDs, the first of which was voted an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine. He has also recorded the complete organ music of Saint-Saëns and is the presenter and one of the featured organists on the Fugue State Films DVD The Genius of Cavaillé-Coll which won the BBC Music Magazine Award for Best Documentary in 2014, and on Widor: Master of the Organ Symphony (2015). His recent recording of 18th century English music at Christ Church Spitalfields has garnered five star reviews in both Choir and Organ and Organists’ Review. He has played with many orchestras, among them the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Gerard is a regular tutor on RCO courses and has also taught for the London Organ Day, Oundle for Organists, the Royal School of Church Music and Edinburgh Organ Academy. He is the founding Director of the London Organ Improvisation Course and is on the examination panel of the Royal College of Organists. Concerts in recent years have taken him to England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and the USA.
Gerard is the current President of the Royal College of Organists 2019-2021.