The House of Life

Fri 23 July, 7pm
St Mary's Parish Church

Join us for an evening concert celebrating journeys, home and the natural world, with Tristram Cooke (counter-tenor), Graham Thorpe at the piano, and invited singers.

Tristram Cooke is a lay vicar at Westminster Abbey. After graduating from Kings College London, he was awarded a scholarship to the two-year MA in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, from where he graduated with Distinction in 2016. Solo work includes both Bach Passions, Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas BWV 170 “Vergnügte Ruh” and 82 “Ich habe genug”, and the Mass in B Minor, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus, Handel’s Athalia, and Israel in Egypt, 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.

He sings regularly with the Tallis Scholars and the choir of the Age of Enlightenment, and has also sung with the Gabrieli Consort, Oxford Voices, De Profundis, Siglo de Oro, the Sixteen, Le Concert d’Astrée and Arcangelo, with whom he is due to sing in this year’s Prom season.

Graham Thorpe is a native of the north, growing up in Co. Durham. He learnt the piano and trombone from a young age, and was drawn to the organ at school. He spent his sixth form at Chetham’s School of Music before moving to London where he studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.

He held organ scholarships at Guildford Cathedral, King’s College, London, and the Brompton Oratory, and was the Assistant Organist at St. Michael’s, Cornhill. Graham enjoyed working as a freelance accompanist and repetiteur in the south east. In 2019, Graham took up the post of Assistant Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral. Here he is responsible for accompanying the cathedral’s services and assisting with the running of the choir. He also manages the weekly recital series.

He and Tristram met at King’s College in 2013 and have since maintained contact, performing together at venues across London and northern England

How to Attend

Ticket options:

Virtual ticket: Experience the concert from the comfort of your own home. You will be provided with a zoom link before the event and can join the livestream of the performance from wherever you are in the world.

Register interest for early bird in-person ticket: If you’d rather see the performance in person and visit us at the beautiful St Mary’s parish church in Barnard Castle, then this is for you. Unfortunately, with the uncertainty of Covid-19, we don’t know yet how many people can be allowed to join the concert in person, but we will likely only be able to sell a small number of tickets. By signing up for the Early bird priority booking, you will receive an email as soon as the government releases more information and in-person tickets become available. Registering for the email list is free, but you will have to purchase in-person tickets for £11.37 each when they are released.

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