A small group of ex-pupils, musicians, music lovers and Gaze Coopers grand children are working to keep alive interest in Gaze Cooper the Nottingham musician. In 1933 Gaze Cooper founded the Nottingham Symphony orchestra formerly the Nottingham Conservatory of music Orchestra. During his lifetime Gaze Cooper encouraged, inspired and taught many to play the piano, enigmatically spreading his great love of music.
He not only taught music and conducted the orchestra he was also a prolific composer. In recent years his music has very nearly been forgotten. The music and other articles relating to Gaze Cooper is now housed in The Nottinghamshire Archive, Castle Meadow Rd, Nottingham NG2 1AG 0115 9581634
Gaze Cooper’s compositions include eight symphonies, four piano concertos, concertos for violin, viola, double bass, oboe, bassoon and horn the later written when his granddaughter was learning to play the French horn. There are also two ballets, overtures, an opera, chamber music and songs.
The group meet every 2 months to share ideas on how to promote the music and spread the word in hope of being able to hear, record, and get recognition for this prolific English composer.
Last year Claire Hammond played a piece as encore at a Nottingham Concert.
Gaze Cooper’s Concerto for Oboe and strings Opus 78 has been recorded on Cameo Classics (now Nimbus) label in 2011: British composers Premiere Collection Vol 2.
This Oboe Concerto is to be played by the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra in a concert of English favourites on 9th July 2016 at Nottingham Albert Hall.
Last year the Boots Orchestra performed Theme and Variations Opus 94 at their Summer concert. This was written for the Nottingham Junior Harmonic Orchestra and dedicated to their conductor Percival Leeds.
There has been interest in recording other compositions from British musicians but it all comes down to finance!
Please contact me via the website if you have any stories of Gaze Cooper or if you are in any way interested in his music.
Sarah Bradwell - Grandaughter