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More performances of ‘O magnum mysterium’

December 14th, 2014 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comThe London Welsh Chorale will give two further performances of O magnum mysterium (2005) firstly at the Welsh Nine Lessons and Carols at the London Welsh Centre, Grays Inn Road, London on the 14/12 at 18.30. The second performance will be at St Benet’s Welsh Church, London on the 16/12 at 19.00. Pob lwc to all involved!

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Première of ‘Sweet was the song’

December 13th, 2014 No comments

Cross russian against alaskan skyAberdeen-based chamber choir, Con Anima will give the première of my new carol Sweet was the song (2014) today at St Mary’s Chapel, Blairs, Aberdeenshire. They will give the second performance at King’s College Chapel, Aberdeen University later in the day. The third performance of this work will also be today (and the London première) at St Andrew’s Church, Holborn, London, given by the London Welsh Chorale conducted by Edward Rhys Harry. They will also give the London première of O magnum mysterium (2005). Busy day. PAC

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Performance of ‘There is no rose’ in Aberdeen

December 9th, 2014 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comThis Tuesday (10/12/2014) will see another performance of There is no rose (2013) when the King’s College Chapel Choir (the chapel choir of Aberdeen University) will perform the work in the University Carol Service at St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen.

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London Premiere of ‘There is no rose’

December 6th, 2014 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comTomorrow (07/12) sees the London premiere of my carol There is no rose given by Voce Chamber Choir, conducted by Suzi Digby. The concert is at the Grosvenor Chapel in Mayfair, London at 19.00. I’ll be there! PAC

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Première of ‘Third Service’

December 2nd, 2014 No comments

250px-Ely_Cathedral_3Tomorrow sees the world premiere of my third setting of the Evening Canticles, this time for the Girls’ Choir of Ely Cathedral. The work will be performed by the choir, conducted by Sarah MacDonald in that amazing Norman edifice. I’m also really excited to be able to attend the service (something I don’t always manage!).

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The Month Ahead

November 28th, 2014 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comDecember sees a busy end to the year with performances across the country and further afield. It begins on the 3 December with the premiere of my Third Service [Ely Cathedral] performed by the Girl Choristers of Ely Cathedral, conducted by Sarah MacDonald at evensong in the cathedral. The University of Aberdeen Choral Society will give the Scottish premiere of O magnum mysterium (2005) at two concerts at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen on the 6 December. The 7 December sees Voce Chamber Choir, conducted by Suzi Digby, give the London premiere of There is no rose (2013) at 19.30 at the Grovsener Chapel, Mayfair. The 10 December sees another performance of There is no rose given by the King’s College Chapel Choir of Aberdeen at St Machar’s Cathedral as part of the University Carol Service (the choir will have performed the piece on tour to Hungary earlier in the month). The 13 December sees the Aberdeen choir, Con Anima, give the premiere and second performance of Sweet was the song (2014), whilst in London the London Welsh Chorale will give the London premiere of the same piece as well as the London premiere of O magnum mysterium. I hope to be at as many as I can! PAC

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Première of ‘Threnos’

November 24th, 2014 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comThis Tuesday will see the première of my new work for cello and choir, Threnos (2014) performed by the Aberdeen University Chamber Choir, with Peter Davis (cello), conducted by Paul Mealor. This should be a hugely exciting concert with works by Paul and I, and by our post-graduate students: Ed Jones, Gemma McGregor, John Hudson and Tom LaVoy. The concert is in King’s College Chapel, Aberdeen at 19.30.

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‘Evening Service’ in Ely, Cambridge and London

November 9th, 2014 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comMy first setting of the Evening Service is performed three times this week (which is lovely!) – firstly by the girl’s choir and lay clerks of Ely Cathedral on Monday in evensong, followed by a performance in evensong the day after at Selwyn College, Cambridge by the Chapel Choir. Both conducted by the wonderful Sarah MacDonald. The Choir of St Bride’s, Fleet Street, London perform the work on Sunday conducted by Robert Jones. Alas, I can’t make any of them (it’s quite a jaunt from Aberdeen), but I will be going to the first performance of the Third Service at Ely in December.

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Premiere of ‘Epitaph’

November 3rd, 2014 No comments

Pedalboard-30Tomorrow sees the premiere of my new organ piece, Epitaph (2014) performed by celebrated organist Roger Williams at King’s College Chapel, Aberdeen University. The concert, which is part of the 2014 Sound Festival, is at 19.30 and features a new work by my student Peter Relph alongside more standard repertoire. Peter, Roger and I will be in discussion after the concert. The concert is free.

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Visit of Michael Berkeley

October 26th, 2014 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comComposer and broadcaster Michael Berkeley (aka Lord Berkeley of Knighton) will be visiting Aberdeen University this week (29-30/10) for a two day visit. Michael will be giving tutorials and a lecture as well as attending a concert of his works (and some by his father) given by the University Contemporary Music Group (of which I am the director). I will be discussing some of these works with Michael during the concert.

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