Brabbins is also the associate conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony and the principal conductor of Sinfonia 21, and was recently named artistic director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music. He has led the choral society since 1996.
Founded in 1836, the Huddersfield Choral Society is one of Britain's leading choirs. The group has commissioned works from Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Walton, among others, and made more than 50 recordings. From 1932 through 1967, it was led by Malcolm Sargent, the conductor of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and other groups.