"Waving the conductor's baton is a little like being in Harry Potter; except with music, the magic is very real" - Callum

Callum's journey into the dark art of conducting has been an unconventional one. Picking up the baton at the cock-sure age of fifteen, it soon became clear that he had a natural affinity for conducting, always excelling in his conducting exams at Trinity College of Music.

He soon started picking up directorship of many bands and orchestras. Whilst in Denmark he became the MD of the Vejle FDF brass band whilst having a fruitful life as a freelance conductor. Simultaneously, he was invited to conduct and coach the Cambridge Youth Wind Orchestra in the UK; an engagement he continues to this day.

On his return to London, Callum became the Musical Director of the Thame Concert Band where he reenergised, rebuilt, and transformed the band. At breaking point, TCB asked Callum for help, and he successfully grew the band from a modest twelve, to thirty. He transformed their audience base from ten regulars, to a hall of hundreds. Callum continues to push the TCB, and is proud to lead them for their annual "A Last Night At The Proms" Concert.

Callum is also the principal conductor of the Enfield Film Orchestra, and Highgate and Muswell Hill Brass Band. He conducts the Sound Force Big Band in High Wycombe on a part time basis, and regularly gives masterclasses to other ensembles through the UK seeking fresh ideas for their playing.


In need of a conductor? A Musical Director? or maybe you're looking to dip your toe into mystical art of conducting? Why not get in touch? Callum will try his hardest to accommodate your needs.

© Callum Rookes 2020