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Performance in Canterbury Cathedral

March 27th, 2014 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comThe excellent Chapel Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen University will perform my motet O sacrum convivium in Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday 6 April in the morning service. They will then perform the same motet, alongside two other motets of mine (Veni Sancte Spiritus and O lux beata Trinitas) in an evening concert at St Leonard’s Church, Hythe on the 10 April.

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The Week Ahead

March 13th, 2014 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comThis coming week is an important one for me with various performances and other events. It begins today with a performance of my first setting of the Evening Service (2009) by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge in evensong in Cambridge tonight (13/03). Selwyn then take the piece to St Paul’s Cathedral in London for evensong there on Monday (17/03). Monday is also the launch of my new CD at Aberdeen University where I will be playing selections of the disc and talking about the recording. On Thursday (20/03) my 2012 work The Hazel Wood will be performed by Selwyn with Onyx Brass and Simon Hogan (organ) at St Bride’s, Fleet Street, London as part of the JAM concert. This concert will also be an unofficial launch concert where I will be giving a pre-concert talk and selling copies of the CD. I then travel to Chester on Saturday (22/03) to hear the Chester Music Society Choir perform the Bach Mass in B Minor – I shall begin writing the new oratorio for the choir later this year. 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.

New Works and Recordings

January 3rd, 2014 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comTo be honest, it hasn’t been the most productive second half of the year with various other commitments getting in the way of composing (teaching, moving house, Howells book, new baby…) but I have managed to finish three short choral pieces. The most significant is There is no rose which was written for Aberdeen’s leading chamber choir, Con Anima and performed twice over the Christmas period. Continuing the Advent theme, there is a short setting of the Matin Responsory and a little Wedding gift, Wedding Introit. It was a busy time with premieres and performances, and I have uploaded recordings of Veni Sancte Spiritus (Aberdeen University Chamber Choir, St Asaph Cathedral), O lux Beata Trinitas (King’s College Chapel Choir, Aberdeen, St Machar’s Cathedral), O Sacrum Convivium (ditto) and the Second Service (St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir, Aberdeen, St Andrew’s Cathedral). There is also a live recording of the premiere of the song-cycle Sudden Light by Jeremy Huw Williams performed at this year’s Sound Festival in Aberdeen. More to follow soon. PAC

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A Season of Premieres and Performances

November 4th, 2013 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comAutumn is a busy season of premieres and performances for me, with the majority being in my adopted home town of Aberdeen. Many of the performances are by the Chapel Choir of King’s College (the University chapel) who are performing the Three Partsongs and three motets in a concert in the chapel on the 22 November. Prior to this they have given the premiere of two motets in recent services: O lux Beata Trinitas (27/10) and O Sacrum Convivium (03/11) and will give the Scottish premiere of the third, Veni Sancte Spiritus, on Sunday 10 November. Jeremy Huw Williams gave the premiere of my song-cycle Sudden Light as part of the Sound Festival at St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen on the 30 November and on the 11 November the Girl Choristers and Lay clerks of Ely Cathedral will perform my first setting of the Evening Service in evensong in the cathedral. On the 13 November the University New Music Group (conducted by me) will perform three works of mine and two arrangements in the chapel at 17.15.  Looking slightly further ahead, the choir of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen will give the Scottish premiere of my Second Service on the 4 Decemeber and the Aberdeen based choir Con Anima will perform my new carol, There is no rose, twice, on Saturday 14 December. I should imagine after that, the good people of Aberdeen will be truly sick of my music. PAC

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Premiere of ‘Sudden Light’

October 24th, 2013 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comThe leading baritone Jeremy Huw Williams will give the world premiere of my new song cycle Sudden Light at St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen on Wednesday 31 October at 13.10. The concert is part of the Sound Festival and contains new works by my colleague Pete Stollery and by Joseph Phibbs. I will be giving a pre-concert talk at 12.30 in the same venue.

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Premiere in St Asaph

September 10th, 2013 No comments

OutsideWThe Aberdeen University Chamber Choir will give the world premiere of a new short motet of mine, Veni Sancte Spiritus in a late night concert in St Asaph Cathedral on Monday 23 September at 22.00. The concert will be conducted by Paul Mealor and will feature works by two of my graduate students (Ed Jones and Gemma McGregor) as well as works by Faure and Howard Goodall. The concert is part of the North Wales International Music Festival 2013.

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Recording of ‘Preces and Responses’

September 1st, 2013 1 comment

www.phillipcooke.comI was recently made aware of this excellent recording of my first set of Preces and Responses (2009) performed by the choir MiContraFa at St James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. The recording can be listen to on their website here. The choir will give the US premiere of my Evening Service (2009) in the same venue on Sunday 12 January 2014.

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New Works

August 29th, 2013 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comDespite a summer mainly taken up with moving house I have managed to finish three works. Sarabande (in modo elegiaco) is an arrangement of Hebert Howells’s organ work of the same name from his Six Pieces for Organ and will be performed by the Aberdeen University Contemporary Music Group in a composer portrait concert of your truly in November. I have also finished two short choral works: Wedding Introit is a setting of the famous lines of Virgil (‘Love conquers all’) and Matin Responsory is a setting of the first responsory of Advent Sunday. Now for the oratorio.

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New Works and Recordings

July 2nd, 2013 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comI have recently finished two new pieces: Secret Ceremonials for trumpet and piano (for the Arcomis International Brass Event) and a song-cycle Sudden Light for the baritone Jeremy Huw Williams. I have also uploaded two new recordings: Con Anima performing Ave verum corpus (2008) in Aberdeen in May and The Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge performing The Eternal Ecstasy (2013) in Cambridge last month. Now for a holiday. PAC

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