We are delighted to share the following letter we received from Graham Cox, a talented choir Old Boy who we were fortunate to have as our Accompanist on our recent European tour…
I just wanted to tell you what a huge thrill it was to be part of the European tour as accompanist…
Fifty years ago as a 14 year-old, I made my debut as a professional musician accompanying the Australian Boys Choir on a tour of country Victoria. As a member of staff I dreamed of the choir being able to perform major works of the classical and modern repertoire. To sit at the organ of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig accompanying Bach’s ‘Jesu meine Freude’ was the fulfilment of this dream!
When the director of the Youth Choir of the Salzburger Dom, Gerrit Stadlbauer said, the Australian Boys Choir had shown him what it was possible for his choir to aim at, I thought of how amazed Vincent Kelly would have been to hear such a compliment!
Graham’s bio, below, is taken from our European Tour Program:
Principal Accompanist, 2018 European Tour
Graham Cox began his musical career as accompanist and conductor of the Australian Boys Choir, and then as repetiteur at the Victoria State Opera. He has been working in Germany since 1986, where his positions have included repetiteur at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Head of Music at the Nuremberg State Theatre.
In 2011 he returned to Berlin as a freelance musician, working as pianist, organist and harpsichordist for the Bamberger Symphoniker and Berliner Symphoniker and as private vocal coach. In this time, he has also had numerous contracts as assistant conductor and German language coach for Opera Vlaanderen (Antwerp and Ghent). In 2014 he took a 12-month 80% position as Kantor (organist and choirmaster) at two Berlin Lutheran churches, deputising for the young organist on parental leave. With the birth of her second child in 2016 he has returned this time for a two-year contract.