Competition Win

April 14th, 2017 No comments

I was very excited to hear that my anthem For He is Our Peace (2016) won the First Baptist Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, Tenth Anthem Competition this week. The piece will be premiered by the Chancel Choir of the Church on the 30 April during their annual arts and music week.

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Performances in Poland

April 14th, 2017 No comments

An odd coincidence sees the King’s College Chapel Choir (of Aberdeen University) on tour in Poland at the same time I will be there at a conference – unfortunately in a different city! They will be giving three performances of my motet O sacrum convivium (2012) in various venues around the historic city of Kraków and one performance of Veni Sancte Spiritus (2012).

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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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Juice Premiere

March 17th, 2017 No comments

Next Thursday (23/03/2017) the acclaimed vocal ensemble, Juice, will give the premiere of my new arrangement of the traditional English folksong, The Three Ravens at King’s College Chapel, Aberdeen. I’ve always found this tune fascinating, both the words and the music, so it was great to be able to work with it for this excellent ensemble.

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Number 1!

March 12th, 2017 No comments

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

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New CD Release

February 21st, 2017 No comments

On the 03 March, A New Heaven will be released on Signum Records, this CD is by The Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford and conducted by Owen Rees. The CD features my work The World on Fire (2015) that was commissioned by the choir for this recording and premiered in November 2015. The CD also featured works by MacMillan, Rutter, Jackson and lots of pieces by younger composers.

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On Mike Oldfield’s ‘Ommadawn’…

February 7th, 2017 No comments

I recently spent just over two weeks in the Lake District on a writing break in an attempt to get my research leave kick-started, the place where I stay is lovely, with great views and no internet or phone signal – I got a lot of work done. However, one thing that became very obvious to me very quickly was the sudden lack of music in my life, this was partly due to the aforementioned lack of connectivity, but also to a new laptop (with no saved recordings) and no CDs – it was all too quiet. Now, I don’t really listen to much music on a day-to-day basis due to being surrounded by it in my working life, however once this was removed I began to yearn for something to fill the silence, and stop the irritating thoughts in my head. With this in mind, I decided to head for the nearest record shop (not an easy task in Cumbria) and buy some CDs (it’s not like I could download something…), but then – what to buy? Classical, contemporary, rock, pop, folk, gangsta rap (is that still a thing…)? In the end, I plumped for something that I had loved as a fourteen-year-old, Mike Oldfield’s Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn, but would it sound quite so good over twenty years later?

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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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Forthcoming Performances

January 6th, 2017 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comA good week for performances with the Cathedral Singers of Christchurch, Oxford, giving the premiere of the SATB version of Missa Brevis (2011) in service at the cathedral on the 05 January followed shortly after by the premiere of my setting of Laurie Lee’s Twelfth Night (2017) given by the Glasgow Chamber Choir, conducted by Michael Bawtree. This performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship at 08.00 on Sunday 08 January.

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Review of 2016

January 3rd, 2017 No comments

www.phillipcooke.com2016 was another busy year with lots going on in my professional and academic life. Highlights included multiple broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland and Classic FM, O salutaris hostia being published by Schott and lots of good reviews of the CD O Sacrum Convivium (featuring three motets of mine). There were performances across the country and further afield, particularly of How Clear, How Lovely and Ave verum corpus. June saw my motet Judas Mercator Pessimus win the inaugural Gesualdo Six composition prize and another motet Prayer to St Alban performed in the annual St Alban Pilgrimage at St Alban’s Cathedral. I didn’t get as much written of The Music of James MacMillan as I hoped, but I’m on research leave now, so hopefully this year. There are broadcasts, CD releases and commissions already planned for 2017, so hopefully it will be just as successful as 2016, though perhaps without some of the political upheavals! PAC

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