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Tristram Cooke

Tristram Cooke

Tristram Cooke is a lay vicar at Westminster Abbey. After graduating from Kings College London where his first study was violin, he was awarded a scholarship as a singer to the two-year MA in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, from where he graduated with Distinction in 2016 after studying with Glenville Hargreaves and Michael Chance.

Solo work includes both Bach Passions, Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas BWV 170 "Vergnügte Ruh", 54 “Widerstehe doch der Sünde”, 82 "Ich habe genug", and the Mass in B Minor, Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus, Handel’s Athalia and Esther, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, and Scarlatti's Totus amore languens, as well as the role of 'Matto' in the rarely-performed opera Lo Spedale by an anonymous C17 Italian composer, for Musica Antica Rotherhithe, with whom he performs regularly.

Current work includes a project with Zimmermann Band to perform a series of cantatas Bach Cantata series in 2023-24, celebrating the 300th anniversary of Bach becoming the Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. This commitment to Bach is furthered through monthly performances with the City Bach Collective at services of Lutheran Vespers. He enjoys collaborating with lutenist Peter Martin for projects and recitals around the country, including for the Lute Society.

An alumnus of the Genesis Sixteen programme, in addition to his duties at Westminster Abbey he sings regularly with the Tallis Scholars, Arcangelo, and the choir of the Age of Enlightenment, and also sings with the Gabrieli Consort, Oxford Voices, De Profundis, Siglo de Oro, the Sixteen, and Le Concert d’Astrée.