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Elaine Cocks (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Clarinet Eflat) Profile

Also: Basset Horn 

Elaine's Orchestral bookings include …

  • Orchestras: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, British Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, London Orchestra da Camera, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Orchestras (Opera/Ballet): English National Opera Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
  • Chamber Orchestras: Brandenburg Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, Orchestra of St John's.
  • Shows: Phantom of The Opera.
  • Sessions: Colin Sheen, Music Solutions Ltd.

other items of interest …

  • Australian Ballet (Principal)
  • BBCNOW (Principal)
  • Jack Rothstein's Strauss Orchestra (Principal)
  • London Concert Orchestra (Principal)
  • Northern Sinfonia (Principal)
  • Principal basset horn for various freelance orchestras
  • Principal clarinet at Phantom of the Opera
  • Principal clarinet for various freelance orchestras and opera companies
  • Royal Ballet Sinfonia (Principal)
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • English Chamber Orchestra
  • English National Opera
  • Kokoro
  • London Mozart Players
  • London Sinfonietta
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Concert Orchestra

Elaine's chamber work includes:

  • BBC Radio 3 Young Artist's Forum
  • BBC Radio The Finishing Touch
  • London Mozart Players - performances of Mozart 13 Wind Serenade
  • Orchestra of St John's Smith Square - Walton Facade
  • Park Lane Group New Year Series at the Purcell Room
  • Various recitals for music societies and festivals including Edinburgh and Chichester

Other chamber concerts including Wind Quintets; Wind Trios; Clarinet, Violin/Viola & Piano; Clarinet, Cello & Piano; Voice, Clarinet & Piano; Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time.

Elaine's concerto appearances include:

  • London Mozart Players - Mozart
  • Thames Chamber Orchestra - Mozart
  • Ten Tors Orchestra - several performances of Mozart & Finzi Cocnertos, Copland & Spohr

Elaine's other work includes:

  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra sessions
  • Telefilmharmonic sessions
  • Sessions for Barry Booth, Colin Sheen and Sylvia Addison
  • Commercial recording sessions for various artists including Katie Melhua, Katherine Jenkins, Michael Ball, Sarah Brightman, and Rover
  • Clarinet overdubs for American film
  • Philharmonia Rehearsal Scheme (Principal)
  • European Union Youth Orchestra (formerly ECYO) (Principal clarinet & Principal bass clarinet)

Elaine has worked with the following composers:

Joseph Horovitz, Edward Gregson, Paul Patterson, Judith Weir, Diana Burrell, John Mayer, Philip Shepherd, Jonathan Dove, Adam Gorb, Julian Anderson and others.

Elaine has had works written for her by Adam Gorb, Timothy Bowers and Andrew Melvin

Elaine has edited clarinet pieces for Paul Patterson and Timothy Bowers

Elaine was awarded a foundation scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Angela Malsbury, Richard Addison and Andrew Marriner, and obtained her BMus with First Class Honours. During her studies she won the Hawkes Clarinet prize, the Sussex Wind Prize (Royal Over-Seas League) and the Malcolm Sargent Music Award. She was also selected to participate in the Philharmonia Rehearsal Scheme and became principal clarinet and principal bass clarinet with the European Union Youth Orchestra (formerly ECYO). Elaine was also the only British clarinettist to be invited by Karl Leister to attend his masterclasses in Berlin. Since graduating from the Academy, Elaine has been made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Elaine has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 as a soloist for their series Young Artists' Forum and as a chamber musician for their programme The Finishing Touch. She made her South Bank debut at the Purcell Room as a soloist in 1998 for the Park Lane Group's New Year Series and has since appeared at both the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall on several occasions as a chamber musician. She has given recitals at the Chichester and Edinburgh festivals. Elaine has been invited to perform concertos with several orchestras, including a performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the London Mozart Players. She has also been the soloist on several occasions in the South West with the Ten Tors Orchestra.

Elaine has worked with many composers including John Mayer, Joseph Horovitz, Diana Burrell, Judith Weir and Edward Gregson among others. She has premiered works written for her, and provided technical advice for the published editions.

She has undertaken commercial recording sessions: music for television advertisements, light classics with Katherine Jenkins, music from the shows with Michael Ball, Martine McCutcheon and Sarah Brightman, the London cast recording of Love Never Dies and in the world of Pop, Katie Melhua.

Elaine has been invited to give masterclasses for various counties and she has been a tutor for the National Children's Orchestra. She has given lectures at the London College of Music and is currently a visiting lecturer and teacher for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department.

Elaine has freelanced with many of the London orchestras such as the London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and English National Opera, as well as regional orchestras such as BBCNOW, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia. Elaine also plays principal clarinet for various freelance orchestras and opera companies.

Elaine's playing has been described by the Sunday Times as being "delivered with great elan by a supremely assured clarinettist".


Graduate studies

Associate of the Royal Academy of Music

Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours), Royal Academy of Music

Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (Teaching)

Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Teaching)

Schools attended

Purcell School of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Chetham's School of Music.

Prizes and Awards

  • Royal Over-Seas League Sussex Wind Prize
  • Malcolm Sargent Music Award
  • Geoffrey Hawkes Memorial Prize (RAM, 1993)


Andrew Marriner, Angela Malsbury and Richard Addison. Masterclasses with David Campbell, Michael Collins, Karl Leister, James Campbell, Jack Brymer, Anthony Pay and Gervase de Payer.

Elaine joined Morgensterns in January 1998

Elaine's web profile was last updated 28th Mar 2019


Elaine Cocks (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Clarinet Eflat) Profile

Also: Basset Horn 

Education/Outreach experience

Elaine's education work includes:

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Brandenberg Sinfonia

City of London Sinfonia

London Mozart Players

Series of performances on the Holocaust for narrator/voice and clarinet

Teaching experience

Visiting teacher/coach/lecturer at Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Dept.

Lecture at the London College of Music

Given masterclasses for Lancashire, Devon and Bucks. counties

Coaching for the National Children's Orchestra

Bradfield College, Beaconsfield High School, St Clement Danes

Berkshire Young Musician's Trust

Teaching privately since 1991


Elaine Cocks (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Clarinet Eflat) Profile

Also: Basset Horn 


Elaine's playing has been described as:

"Impressive and stylish"

"The sheer joy and enthusiasm in performance was somehow magically special"

"Elaine obtained an astonishing range of colours in all registers of the instrument, lovely warm tone and exemplary control"

In her performance of the Finzi Clarinet Concerto:

"Her tone was mellow but precisely defined, and she interpreted this very English music with charm and wit. Her cadenza in the first movement was beautifully controlled and she brought real joie-de-vivre to the jaunty melody of the Rondo"

"Pure magic, particularly in the slow introspective slow movement"

Her performance of the Copland Concerto was described as:

"Elaine sailed through her solo role, it was almost as if the concerto was written for her"

The Times and Sunday Times have described her interpretation of contemporary music as being:

"Delivered with great elan and a supremely assured clarinettist"

Recent reviews with her ensemble the Varenne Ensemble:

"The Varenne Ensemble's opening Allegro movement of Beethoven's Piano trio No. 4 was an engaging mixture of mellifluous balance and vivacity. In the Adagio we had a complete change of mood where the cello took the sentimental tuneful lead, the clarinet later echoing the phrases and the piano becoming their accompaniment. The theme and variations of the third movement began in sprightly fashion as no doubt befits a theme which was a 'popular song' of Beethoven's era. A contrasting reflective variation was followed by musical drama that subdued to a more conventional close. The Varenne treated us and Beethoven well!

Sonata for Clarinet and Cello by Phyllis Tate (1911 - 1987) followed the interval. Here we were in different territory. The slow opening movement of pensive melancholy leaves no hiding place for performers: we were treated to a riveting sequence of phrases demonstrating just how glorious and varied the Clarinet and Cello can be in the right pairs of hands. The Vivo started briskly, later becoming more pensive. However, Elaine Cocks and Robin Michael deftly kept us in mind of the tempo with which the movement begins, and also ends. The Sarabanda was played with superb delicacy, and conveyed a ghostly quality that was maintained into the more complex finale. The presence of Phyllis Tate's daughter (Celia Frank) at this performance gave it a very special sense of occasion.

Brahms' Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor returned us to a wonderful world of melody and instrumental interplay. The drama and variety of the Allegro was beautifully matched by the thoughtful calm of the Adagio. The grace of the Andante led us to the more assertive Allegro's conclusion.

Elaine Cocks, Robin Michael and Dan Tong had drawn a good and appreciative audience for this the second concert of the NADSA season. Their musicianship and cohesion was a privilege to experience live in this ensemble, and all the more impressive considering they have separate musical careers."


Elaine Cocks (Clarinet, Clarinet Bass, Clarinet Eflat) Profile

Also: Basset Horn 

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