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Holly Cook - flautist

Holly is a London- based flautist, teacher and educational worker, and plays a number of flutes and non-Western flutes. 

Holly has worked on many shows, including with the the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican and in Stratford-upon-Avon in Iqbal Khan's production of Antony and Cleopatra, with music by Laura Mvula, at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, and is a regular deputy in shows including the Lion King, Oliver! (The Curve), and Thursford Christmas Spectacular. She performed live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune with the cast and band from The Beggar's Opera at Regent's Park (The City Waites with Lucy and Roddy Skeaping), and did a BBC Interview for Midlands Today and a worldwide Live to Cinema performance with the RSC. Holly also played in ENO's John Cage Musicircus at the London Coliseum on Chinese flutes, and the performance was broadcast on Late Junction. Holly has played a variety of flutes on a number of recordings, including with Laura Mvula and the RSC, Stacey Kent and Jim Tomlinson, Katie Melua with Mike Batt and Docklands Sinfonia, and on three albums with folk band Skinny Lister on whistles. She also works on various recordings with composers for commercials, art installations and animations. Other career highlights on ethnics have included a performance of Hoketus by Louis Andriessen on panpipes at the Spitalfields Summer Music Festival, and performances of three works by film and theatre composer Nick Bicat on bansuri and whistles. 

Holly is delighted to have been selected as an artist for Making Music Concert Promoter's Group on three occasions (2012, 2014, 2017) with her duo partners Helen Nicholas (piano) and Tamara Young (harp). She enjoys working regularly with these duo partners; they have given recitals at the Royal Opera House, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cheltenham Town Hall, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (Birmingham University) and for many concert societies in the UK. Holly is also an artist for Concordia Foundation, with whom she performs regularly. 

Having been awarded the position of Richard Carne Junior Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2011 - 2012), Holly developed her work on ethnics and undertook study and performance in this area. She was also awarded an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK in 2012. Holly was delighted to use the award to support further study and performance on ethnics and whistles. 

Holly graduated with a distinction in performance in her MMus from Trinity Laban where she studied with Anna Noakes and Tony Hinnigan. She was awarded a Leverhulme orchestral mentorship with the BBC Concert Orchestra and principal flautist Ileana Ruheman during her Postgraduate studies. Holly received her BMus (hons) from the University of Birmingham, where she was also awarded a concerto prize during her final year. As a younger musician, she was Peterborough Young Musician of the Year (2001). Holly has gratefully received scholarships from Help Musicians UK (formerly MBF), the Richard Carne Trust, EMI Sound Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust and the Elizabeth Wright Charitable Trust. 


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