B i o g r a p h y
Tristram Cooke, counter-tenor, graduated from King's College London in 2014, where he was a choral scholar with the late David Trendell, and his first study was Violin. He completed his MA in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, obtaining a Distinction. At RAM he was a soloist for the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and RAM Opera.
A Genesis Sixteen alumnus, Tristram is a Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey. He has sung for the Tallis Scholars, with whom he will be performing in Salzburg, Berlin and Amsterdam in 2019, the Gabrieli Consort, Le Concert d'Astrée, Arcangelo, and the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment as a soloist for a performance of Handel's Messiah, as a member of the chorus for the world premiere of Sally Beamish's Judas Passion and most recently for their concert tour of Bach's St John Passion with Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellers. He frequently performs with the City Bach Collective for services of Lutheran Vespers at the church of St Mary-at-Hill.
Recent solo work includes both Bach Passions, Christmas Oratorio and the Mass in B Minor, and cantatas BWV 170 "Vergnügte Ruh"
and 82 "Ich habe genug"; Purcell's Come ye sons of Art; Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus; Pergolesi's Stabat Mater; Scarlatti's Totus amore languens; the role of "Matto" in Lo Spedale, a comic opera by an anonymous 17th century composer; and works for lute and voice by John Dowland in collaboration with lutenist Peter Martin.
He has undertaken recordings as a member of Oxford Consort of Voices with Edward Higginbottom, The Choir of Westminster Abbey, The Choir of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, Siglo de Oro, directed by Patrick Allies, and De Profundis, working with Robert Hollingworth. He recorded with the choir of Hampton Court for the BBC4 programme Elizabeth I's Battle for God's Music presented by Lucy Worsley, broadcast in October 2017. Film work includes the recently-released Mary Queen of Scots.