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Composer in Residence

June 23rd, 2018 No comments

I recently took on the position of Composer in Residence with The Harry Ensemble, who I wrote the piece Veni Sponsa Christi for in 2015 and have since gone on to perform it many times in the UK, Norway, Sweden and most recently in Barcelona. The choir will perform my motet Nunc dimittis later this year and I will be writing them some new works in the coming years. Looking forward to working with the choir and their director Edward Rhys Harry.

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Head of Music

June 23rd, 2018 No comments

I have recently taken on the role of Head of Music at the Department of Music at the University of Aberdeen, where I have been working for the past five years. I shall be fulfilling this position for the next three years and hope to carry on the good work of my predecessors.

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Promotion to Senior Lecturer

July 10th, 2017 No comments

I was very honoured to find out this week that I had been promoted to Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. I have been at the university for the past four and a half years and greatly enjoy working in such a thriving music department. Reader next!

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Key Note Conference Paper in Warsaw

April 7th, 2017 No comments

Later this month I will be giving a key-note paper at the ‘International Art and Science Conference: Conductor’s Personality’ at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland. My paper is entitled ‘Consonance and Dissonance: Interactions between Composer and Conductor, from a Composer’s Perspective’ and I’ll be talking about some of my experiences working with conductors in the past five or so years. Looking forward to visiting Warsaw for the first time and returning to this beautiful, historic country. PAC

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Key Note Conference Paper

January 28th, 2017 No comments

Part of being on research leave is that I am giving two key note conference papers this year, one in York in February and one in Warsaw in April. I am giving a paper entitled ‘Let us sleep now: The Rise of the British Secular Requiem’ at the York Conference on Church Music that is to be held at the University of York on the 13-15 February. I’ll be talking about Britten, Delius, Foulds, Poole and Jackson amongst others.

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MacMillan Paper at Musica Scotica

April 15th, 2015 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comI will be presenting a paper entitled ‘Assimilating the Vernacular: James MacMillan’s Mass (2000)’ at the 10th Annual Musica Scotica Conference at the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life, Glasgow on Sunday 26 April. This is the first fruits of my early MacMillan research in preparation for writing The Music of James MacMillan for planned publication in 2019.

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With Michael Berkeley

October 30th, 2014 No comments

With BerkeleyHere is a ‘candid’ picture of Michael Berkeley’s recent visit to Aberdeen. The obligatory dinner at Rustico with myself and Paul Mealor. Good times. PAC

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Release of ‘Phillip Cooke, Choral Music’

February 14th, 2014 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comI am very excited to announce that the first CD of my work will be released on the 14 April 2014. The CD, entitled Phillip Cooke, Choral Music will be released on the Regent Records label and will be available to buy from all good record stores, the Regent Records website and from iTunes. It features 10 pieces of mine from 2008-12 all performed by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Tim Parsons (organ) and Onyx Brass – all conducted by Sarah MacDonald. There will be two ‘launch’ events: the first at Aberdeen University on the 17 March where I will be playing selections from the CD and discussing my work (as well as selling CDs…), the second will be at the JAM concert at St Bride’s, Fleet Street in London on the 20 March where Selwyn and Onyx will perform one of the tracks, The Hazel Wood in a concert that also features Paul Mealor’s The Farthest Shore. I will be giving a pre-concert talk before the concert and selling CDs as well.

With James MacMillan

November 28th, 2013 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comAnd a week of composers continues with a visit to Aberdeen University by James MacMillan. I interviewed him about his Seven Last Words from the Cross and he didn’t laugh at my comedy beard…

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‘Connecting Britten’

November 25th, 2013 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comA picture of composers David Matthews and Tom Hyde with yours truly during the ‘Connecting Britten’ study day at Aberdeen University last week. A great couple of days, with great talks, concerts and meals.

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