Christopher Cook (21 January)
Christopher Cook began his career in television, producing for BBC-2 and Channel 4. He has broadcast regularly on BBC Radios 3, 4, 5 and the BBC World Service.
Christopher teaches ‘Cultural Studies’ for the Universities of Syracuse and Oregon on their London Programmes. He was Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, London until 2013. He has been a visiting Gresham College Professor, a Visiting Research Fellow in the Theatre Department at Birkbeck College in the University of London and he is presently a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary University, UoL.
Christopher is a regular contributor to BBC Music Magazine and was a regular also for International Record Review (until it closed in 2015), and has written for Gramophone. He has chaired pre-performance events for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Study Evenings at the Royal Opera House where he has also interviewed for their ‘Meet the… ‘ programmes and Glyndebourne Opera. For ten years he moderated English National Opera’s pre-performance events at the London Coliseum. For a decade now he has given a series of ‘Cook’s Tours’ about the programme at the Machynlleth Music Festival.
Christopher was the Director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in 2004 and was Chair of the Cheltenham International Music Festival until 2013.