Paul Cook Voice
About Paul

Educated at Chetham's, Paul won an entrance scholarship at seventeen to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Nick Powell. He subsequently worked as a freelance musician with many professional ensembles including the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, session work with the BBC and contracts with several opera companies and festivals at home and abroad which included five years at Scottish Opera. He has performed at some of Europe's most prestigious concert venues including Concertgebouw and Teater an der Wien in Vienna.

Paul is a Certified Teacher of the Royal Schools of Music and was awarded the status with the highest classification of Excellent. He graduated with a first class honours degree in Music Education from UWIC and passed the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and the higher Licentiate Diploma (LRSM) in Vocal Teaching, both awarded with Distinction. He also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Voice Pedagogy. 

He has completed the Level 1 and 2 courses in the Estill Voice Model and recently passed the Estill Figure Proficiency examination. He is permitted to use the Estill Voice Model in his teaching.

Paul is in constant demand as a vocal coach and his students have consistently enjoyed outstanding results in graded exams, diplomas and at auditions for entry into many of the UK's most prestigious institutions, most recently: Mountview, Arts Ed, GSA, Italia Conti and RWCMD. He has worked with several professional artists in the pop music industry and his pop vocals students have a 100% success rate of passing Grade 8 Popular Music with Distinction. He has a very large private teaching practice and was recently appointed as a vocal tutor and postgraduate ensemble coach at Cardiff University School of Music in Musical Theatre, CCM, jazz and classical. Paul combines his private work with directing several choirs/music theatre groups and working as a tutor at Gwent Music of music theory and music theatre.

As a pianist, Paul has accompanied singers, instrumentalists and choirs at hundreds of concerts, public recitals and examinations at venues in the UK and abroad including Prague, Paris, Barcelona, New York and Los Angeles. He is a qualified piano teacher and passed the DipABRSM in Piano Teaching and also in Piano Performance. He has piano students at all levels-from beginners to post-diploma. He also has diplomas in vocal performance, pipe organ performance, music theory and composition.

Paul was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2017. He is the author of a series of fifty books called Pete the Bee which are sold globally, mostly in the US and ten stories that he wrote for his son during lockdown called Will and His Dog. 

He established Concerts for Good Causes Ltd in April 2024 to help local organisations raise money for their activities, charities or other worthy projects in South East Wales. He is in the process of setting up a charity which will exist to fund aspiring young musicians who are unable to access the opportunities that they deserve due to financial hardship. 

In the little free time that he has, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, playing the piano, wearing crocs, keeping fit and trading on the stock markets. He lives with his wife and twelve year old son Matthew in South Wales.

Paul is a member of the following professional organisations:

Association of Teachers of Singing

Independent Society of Musicians (ISM)

National Association of Teachers of Singing (USA)

Royal Society of Arts (Fellow)

At the School of Music EFP certificate
Snowdon summit, 2019 On top of the Sugarloaf, 2021 Ben Nevis summit, 2023 Corn Du summit, 2022
6am felt early to be doing belt quality with a post grad who is still under quarantine in China. Ready to perform Out celebrating Estill certification. Drinkies in Disney, 2023 Fontaine-Daniel, 2020 Fontaine-Daniel, 2023