It was fantastic to hear on Friday (10/03) that A New Heaven, the new CD from the Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford that features my work The World on Fire, was number one in the UK Specialist Music Chart! A great success and a huge congratulations to all involved (I contributed 3.30…so can only take a small portion of the plaudits!). PAC
It was nice to have a few copies of my motet O salutaris hostia (2008) arrive in the post this morning, nicely published by Schott Music in Germany this month. Copies are available to buy here.
There is a short section on By Reason of Darkness on a recent episode of ‘Classics Unwrapped’ on BBC Scotland. I’m interviewed about the work, and what it was like working with a community choir. There are also interviews with festival chairman Pete Stolley, and conductor Kathleen Cronie. The interview can be heard here, from 43.58 onwards (available until the 8 December 2015).
There have been some nice reviews of the recent première of By Reason of Darkness in the Scottish national newspapers. The piece was recently reviewed in The Scotsman which called the work ‘highly effective…powerful and atmospheric’. This was followed in The Herald which stated : ‘this was no ordinary choral work…an irresistible atmosphere created by the music’. I’ll take that…
The recent CD by Selwyn College Choir The Eternal Ecstasy (including my work of the same name) has reached the lofty position of number 8 in the specialist music charts for the week beginning the 8 August. Huge congratulations to all involved.
It was nice to see this week that the new CD The Eternal Ecstasy (which features my motet of the same name) by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge is Classic FM Album of the Week. The review on the website (which can be viewed here) calls the recording ‘timeless, spacious and rapturous’ and the performance ‘sublime’. The webpage also has a nice section about my work and features a YouTube video of the first performance.
My carol There is no rose (2013) will be published later this month in a wonderful new collection of contemporary carols entitled En Bethlehem. The collection is published by Cadenza Music and features pieces by many leading composers including Paweł Łukaszewski, Cecilia McDowell, Phil Cashian and seventeen others. A recording is planned for the near future.
There has been another excellent review of Phillip Cooke, Choral Music in this month’s Cathedral Music. The review states ‘Cooke has a distinctive and interesting voice’ and ‘Cooke’s musical style is approachable and, not surprisingly, his profile is in the ascendance.’ Kind Words! PAC
Another good review of Phillip Cooke, Choral Music, this time in the current issue of The Gramophone: ‘Cooke is able to compose distinctive settings of familiar liturgical texts’ and ‘excellent performances with some beautifully sustained pianissimos‘. Splendid! PAC
The good reviews of the CD, Phillip Cooke, Choral Music, continue in the current issue of Organists’ Review. The best bits are ‘this is an impressive collection of choral pieces’ and (my favourite) ‘a fine disc of music by a significant new vocice’. Very kind. PAC