Knowing Me, Knowing You — Mr Frans Brooks [alumnus]
Instrument(s) / Discipline(s):
Bassoon / Voice.
Period of study at the NWU School of Music / PU for CHE Department of Music:
Qualifications completed at the NWU / PU for CHE:
Qualifications completed elsewhere:
BEng in Industrial Engineering (UP).
Notable professional achievements:
Completing my Engineering degree.
Current professional position / occupation:
Top 5 must-hear music:
1. Brahms — Symphony No. 3
2. Brahms — Piano Concerto No. 2
3. Bach — Brandenburg Concerto’s 1 & 3
4. Bach — The 48
5. Bach — St Matthew Passion
Which personal music experiences are most memorable to you?
Playing bassoon in orchestras, especially when it’s Mozart, Beethoven or Brahms. They have the best wind parts.
Top must-read books:
1. How equal temperament ruined harmony and why you should care
I only read for academic purposes.
“The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God — if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.” — Maya Angelou.
Top 5 must-see movies:
1. Fight Club
3. Dancer in the Dark
4. Black Swan
Which television show(s) can you watch over and over again?
How do you relax?
Which places would you still like to visit?
New Zealand’s South Island, fly fishing for wild brown trout in remote areas that can only be reached by helicopter.
What are your funniest / fondest memories of your time at the Conservatory?
Sitting around the Conservatory and chatting between classes.