Biography

Holly Cook - Flautist

Holly is a versatile performer and educator. Working as flautist in Cirque du Soleil’s production of Totem, she performed at the Royal Albert Hall and toured Europe with the company during 2019 - 2020.

Holly’s other show credits include Antony and Cleopatra with the Royal Shakespeare Company (Barbican and Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon), The Beggar’s Opera at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, and she has worked as a regular deputy in Disney’s The Lion King (Westend), Thursford Christmas Spectacular (Norfolk) and Oliver! (The Curve). 

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 (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. Her flute playing featured on Jessica Jones’ score for Joanna Lumley's Silk Road Adventures (ITV, 2018), the Barbour Christmas Snowman advert (2018) and for Sarah Warne’s score in Dark Mon£y (BBC, 2019). 

Holly has performed live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune with the cast and band from The Beggar's Opera (Regent's Park), 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 BBC Radio 3 Late Junction. 

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 Crush Room, the Wigmore Hall, 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 a number of world flutes 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 world flutes. 

Holly studied with Anna Noakes at Trinity Laban, gaining an MMus with distinction in performance, the Royal Academy of Music with Karen Jones where she achieved a Professional Diploma, and at the University of Birmingham gaining a BMus (hons). During her studies, Holly was awarded a concerto prize at Birmingham, to perform the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded a Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship with the BBC Concert Orchestra and principal flautist Ileana Ruherman during her studies at Trinity Laban. As a younger musician, she was Peterborough Young Musician of the Year (2001) whilst a sixth form student at Wisbech Grammar School. 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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