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‘Elegy’ at Haddo House

June 4th, 2015 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comThis Sunday (07/06) will see a performance of my early organ work Elegy (2003) at the Chapel of Haddo House in Aberdeenshire. This stately home has a long and distinguished association with the arts (the Haddo Arts Festival welcomed Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten in the 1950s and 60s) and the work will be played by the University Junior Organ Scholar, Peter Relph.

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Photos from Recording Session

June 4th, 2015 No comments

Here are two photos from the recent recording session in Aberdeen of three of my motets. David Smith conducts the King’s College Chapel Choir.

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Motet Performances and Recording

May 27th, 2015 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comOn Saturday the Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen will give another performance of three of my motets (O lux beata TrinitasO sacrum convivium and Veni Sancte Spiritus) as part of the University’s ‘May Festival’ alongside works by Aberdeen PhD students John Hudson and Tom LaVoy. The following week the choir, directed by David Smith, will record the motets for release in 2016.

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‘Invocation’ on BBC Radio 3

March 16th, 2015 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comIt was great to hear my work Invocation (2010) on BBC Radio 3’s The Choir yesterday. The show was dedicated to works for choir and brass and they played the recording from the recent CD release Phillip Cooke, Choral Music. The show can be heard here (UK only, available until the 14 April).

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Motet Performances in Aberdeen

March 5th, 2015 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comThis month, the Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen, will perform three of my motets: Veni Sancte Spiritus (2012) and O lux beata Trinitis (2013) [08/03]; Veni Sancte Spiritus [04/03] and O Sacrum convivium [18/03] all will be conducted by David Smith.

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‘Noah’s Fire’ – a Taster Session in Chester

February 19th, 2015 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comLater this month I will be giving a taster session on my new oratorio Noah’s Fire to members of the choir that commissioned it, the Chester Music Society choir at St Mary’s Church, Chester. I’ll be giving an introduction to the work, before rehearsing the choir in two movements from the work. It will be fun to feel like John Rutter or Bob Chilcott for the day! PAC

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New Recordings

January 4th, 2015 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comAfter a glut of performances of pieces (including four new pieces) in November and December I have uploaded five new recordings (as YouTube videos with the score). These are: Epitaph (2014 – performed by Roger Williams), Threnos (2014 – performed by the Aberdeen University Chamber Choir), Third Service (2014 – performed by Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir), O magnum mysterium (2005 – performed by the Aberdeen University Choral Society) and Sweet was the song (2014 – performed by Con Anim Chamber Choir). Great performances, great occasions. PAC

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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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