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Richard Cooke

Richard's dedicated relationships with three outstanding choirs have brought repeated accolades from singers and orchestral players alike.  He brings ambition to programmes, energy and humour to rehearsals, and musical integrity and uncompromising standards to performances.

Richard has worked with many of England’s great orchestras, in the most celebrated venues and alongside distinguished soloists, and has developed a unique reputation for choral conducting.

He developed his craft as music director for the big London choirs, with the greatest conductors of modern times, including Abbado, Tennstedt, Solti, Muti, Bernstein and Mehta.  His wealth of experience at this level make him a highly regarded professional amongst fellow singers and orchestral musicians.

His mission is both to educate and inspire people of all ages to gain fulfilment through high-quality music-making.

Richard Cooke is current Music Director of the following posts.  Each one has a link to their website.

Royal Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society
University of Essex Choir
Music Weeks in Sweden

Recent Concert:
Britten War Requiem

"On Remembrance Sunday, in this ideal auditorium, Britten's piece spoke powerfully...Richard Cooke led the Royal Choral Society and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in understated music-making of warmly sympathetic colours." 
Britten War Requiem, Royal Albert Hall, RCS, LPO, November 2014 (Financial Times)

“Richard Cooke is another War Requiem veteran, and his control of the Royal Choral Society and the London Philharmonic was discreetly impeccable……'I can't think of a better way of commemorating the centenary of the start of the Great War than this enthralling concert.”
Mail on Sunday, November 2014

"The conductor Richard Cooke, who has been the RCS’s music director since 1998, not only showed an acute awareness of the intricacies of this huge score but also gave its inherent operatic drama an almost liturgical sense of direction."
Verdi Requiem, Royal Albert Hall, RCS, LPO, July 2013

RPO Tweet Huge success at @No1Cathedral on Saturday - #Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with @CanterburyChora and MD Richard Cooke!
Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Canterbury Cathedral, June 2014