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Book launches in Edinburgh, Cumnock and Aberdeen

August 12th, 2019 No comments

This week I will be taking part in the first of three book launches for The Music of James MacMillan at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Edinburgh – further book launches will take place at The Cumnock Tryst in October and at the SOUND festival in November. The book launch this week will feature an interview between MacMillan and I as well as a general Q&A.

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‘There is no rose’ published by Music Sales

July 27th, 2019 No comments

It was really nice to see my carol There is no rose (2013) available as a separate publication from Music Sales. This is one of my most performed works and is now available to purchase here.

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The Music of James MacMillan

June 9th, 2019 No comments

I recently received my copies of The Music of James MacMillan and they look amazing! It was a strangely overwhelming experience leafing through the book, something that I had first imagined back in 2006 and had spent the past two years intensely working on. It will take a while to sink in, but I’m going to put it in my top five things I’m proudest of producing. Obviously my children are the top two. Obviously…! The book is published on the 21 June and is available from all good bookshops. There will be launch events in Edinburgh, Cumnock and Aberdeen later this year.

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‘Ave Maria, mater Dei’ on BBC Radio 3 (again!)

December 15th, 2018 No comments

I was thrilled to hear that my recent work Ave Maria, mater Dei was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 again this month, on Record Review. The piece was incredibly well received by the panel of critics and the CD as a whole was one of their Records of the Year. Some of the nice comments about my piece included: ‘The Cooke is remarkable…in the background you get a flickering of candles, a halo of light, in the middle is a male choir adoring the Virgin’; ‘The soprano solos in the Cooke are absolutely beautiful’; ‘An incredibly striking piece’; ‘An angelic halo effect…amazing…beautiful’. I’ll take that.

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‘O sacrum convivium’ Finalist in Competition

June 23rd, 2017 No comments

Not sure whether it is much to shout about, but my work O sacrum convivium (2012) was one of 16 finalists for the ORTUS International New Music Competition, run by the Khorikos Choir in New York. It didn’t make the final 10, but apparently there were 600 submissions, so I suppose that is something…

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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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‘O salutaris hostia’ Published by Schott

May 3rd, 2016 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comIt 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.

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Interview on BBC Radio Scotland

November 9th, 2015 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comThere 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).

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‘By Reason of Darkness’ Premiere

October 24th, 2015 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comThere 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…

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‘The Eternal Ecstasy’ in Classical Charts Top 10

August 11th, 2015 No comments

www.phillipcooke.comThe 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.

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