This is the website of Geoff Cloke, Professional Trumpeter, Composer, Arranger, Brass Teacher,

Class Music Teacher from Key Stage 2 to Degree, Composer, Arranger, Playwright, and Musical Director

 



N. M. Geoffrey Cloke, BMus, PGCE, PhD born 06-12-59, Oxford, England:

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Introit from Brief Requiem:

 

Commissions and enquiries are welcomed for any musical compositions at  geoffrey.cloke@gmail.com Educated at New College Choir School, Abingdon School (Oxon), University of Wales (Bangor), Keele University, Middlesex University (PGCE), and University of Sheffield (PhD awarded 2001). Composer and arranger, Trumpet Player, Former Director Devon Brass Ensemble, Director of Direct Brass Services and Amateur Singer. Currently teaching Brass, A Level Music, GCSE Music and Key Stage 3.

Geoff's main purpose in life is to write, teach and play music. His PhD is in composition which he studied with George Nicholson, and under John Pickard and John Harper as an undergraduate. He writes music for any format, in most styles. He has written symphonies, string quartets, a concerto for four trumpets, a mass, various minor choral works, a brass quintet, mixed ensemble works, an oratorio, and songs or musicals for schools and colleges. He has arranged many works (see pages) for Devon Brass Ensemble which he founded and more arrangements subsequently. He uses Sibelius, Cubase, Garage Band, Logic, Reason, Finale Notepad, and Audacity extensively, is interested in Music Technology and its impact on traditional Music. When not composing, he plays trumpet, sings tenor, photographs trains, and collects railway signs.

Geoff lives in Ilkley, West Yorks and is married with one daughter. Cats, too, are an important part of our lives. Geoff was briefly famous in 2008 for a Youtube appearance (search videos under "can you play the chair". Geoff worked for the City of Oxford Orchestra in 1989, 1990, and 1995-6. He worked for the Oxford Bus Company 1979 to 1989 (which shows that jobs last longer outside music) where he crashed 8 buses. Management only knew about 5 of them (until now). He now works as a Secondary School Music Teacher, Trumpet player and Brass teacher.

Geoff's mother was Daphne Castell, science fiction writer and a pupil of J.R.R.Tolkein. Geoff taught brass in Epping, Chingford, Hitchin, and Devon. Taught secondary in Devon, Hertfordshire, and West Yorkshire. He taught Primary in Devon, and Yorkshire, and taught FE/HE in North Devon and Lancashire. He has taught and directed groups at Music Centres in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire. Most pupils remember Geoff for his awful jokes. Each page of this site relates to an aspect of Geoff's musical life or markets Geoff's playing, composition, or arrangement. Please enjoy or buy the music, and feel free to make enquiries or observations at the email address above.