Joe Cook

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Joseph is an award winning tuba soloist, teacher and conductor. Born into a musical family in County Durham, he started playing with Boldon Colliery Brass Band before joining the Ever Ready Band (now Reg Vardy) and also gaining entry to the National Youth Brass Band. He went on to study Music and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds, working with Phillip Wilby, Robert Childs and Brian Kingsley.


He spent 14 years with the Black Dyke Band, joining at the age of 18, with whom he was Principal Tuba and been featured as a soloist throughout the UK and abroad (including tours of USA, Australia, Bermuda, Switzerland and Canada), played on over 40 commercial recordings and won 11 major competitions (2 European, 4 British National, 2 British Open, and 3 English titles). In 2006 Joseph won the Stanley Wainwright Memorial Trophy for the Best Soloist at The British Open Championships at Symphony Hall.


As a soloist, Joseph has also played throughout the UK and mainland Europe, including a performance of the Vaughan William Tuba Concerto with the Northern Sinfonia, and has been featured as a soloist on BBC radio, Doyen and Naxos recording labels. He was a 2 time semi-finalist at the BBC Young Musician of the Year and Shell London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship Competition. As a chamber musician he has performed with Northern Sinfornia, Royal Ballet, York Guildhall Orchestra, Fine Arts Brass, White River Brass, Jazz Action and the Guildhall Big Band.


Joseph released his first solo CD entitled 'Debut' in 2008, accompanied by Black Dyke Band and Dr Nicholas Childs, and features many classic Tuba Concertos as well as a new commission of a major work for tuba and brass band by Phillip Wilby called 'Cyrano'. He also commissioned Dan Price to write 'Mists on the Wear' for Tuba and brass band, recorded by Joseph and the Black Dyke Band as part of the bands Essential Dyke series of recordings.


He is tuba tutor at the International Brass Band Summer School and has also tutored at Yorkshire Youth Brass Band, National Childrens Brass Band, National Youth Brass Band of Wales and has served on the judging panel for brass and solo competitions, including for BBC Young Musician of the Year. With a developing conducting career, Joseph has worked with bands such as Reg Vardy, GT Peterlee and Fishburn and has gained tuition from Dr Nicholas Childs and Ray Farr. He is currently Musical Director of the Fishburn Brass Band.


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