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Pamela Cook Biography

Pamela Cook

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Pamela Cook is regarded as a leading authority on vocal and choral techniques, and is much in demand for solo and choral workshops at home and abroad. These have included working with choirs in Israel, Finland, Belgium and Canada and in the USA, where 400 ladies from the Ivy League Colleges of Radcliffe, Harvard, Smith, Mount Holyoak and Amherst were involved. She is also an external examiner for University and Conservatoire final degrees.

Many students from around the world have visited Mansfield to observe the methods used in training Cantamus, the girls choir with which she has gained 22 first and 4 second prizes in 24 international choral competitions. Among these are a double first (jury and audience) in Montreux (1978), the City of Vienna trophy for best choir in Vienna (1982), BBC/Sainsbury's Choir of the Year (Adults) 1986 and the same in the Youth Section in 1994, the Grand Prix in Riva del Garda 1996, Choir of the World (Llangollen Eisteddfod) 1997, as well as championships and two gold medals in the World Choral Olympics in Bremen, 2004, repeated in China in 2006.

She has lectured in Physiology, Use and Care of the Voice at the World Symposium in Choral Music and served on judging panels of international choral competitions in Europe, as well as for BBC2 and Welsh Television. Articles by Pamela Cook have been published in the IFCM Journal, ABCD magazine, Masterworks magazine, The Singer and Music Teacher; she has also written a handbook on vocal technique.

Pamela Cook has taught in Universities and Colleges of Education, including the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She was formerly the Senior Lecturer in Voice at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Her current private studio includes professional opera singers from all over the UK and abroad, professional choralists and those girls aged over 16 from Cantamus who choose to pursue a career in singing. It is a source of pride that since 1970 every girl in Cantamus who has chosen to read music in a Conservatoire or University has been successful in her application, and many of these have gone on to grace the operatic stages of Great Britain, the Continent and USA.

In 1984 she was awarded the MBE, was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1990 and an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire in 1993. Later the same year International Rotary conferred on her the Paul Harris Fellowship. In 2003 she was made a Vice-President of the Association of British Choral Directors alongside John Rutter and Brian Kay, and now serves on the Music Advisory Board of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Mansfield District Council conferred a Civic Honour on her for performance, teaching and Cantamus in 1989, and in 2006 she was awarded the honorary freedom of the District along with Cantamus and their aides "as being exemplary ambassadors across the world and performing to the highest standards of choral music through four decades."

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