In 2009, he was named guest conductor of DeFilharmonie and was artistic director of the Cheltenham Music Festival between 2005-2007. He was name chief conductor for the Nagoya Philharmonic as of 2013. His recorded efforts include a disc of Cyril Scott
works with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
(2004), and Britten on Film (2009). Brabbins was named conductor of the English National Opera in 2016, by which time he had made more than 120 recordings. He made numerous recordings with both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
and the main BBC Philharmonic
, often devoting his efforts to unfamiliar repertory from both Britain and continental Europe. His recording pace increased as the new century went on, and the year 2011 saw no fewer than eight Brabbins recordings. Between 2009 and 2015 Brabbins also served as principal guest conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra
from 2009 to 2015, and of the Nagoya Philharmonic in Japan from 2012 to 2016. Brabbins has served as a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music. Not a celebrity conductor, Brabbins has rediscovered a striking amount of neglected music and presented it in convincing performances.