Alexander Kok (also known as Bobby) was only nineteen when he was recruited for the first rehearsal of the legendary Philharmonia Orchestra, where he suddenly found himself in the world of experienced professionals. His career brought him into contact with many of the giants of the musical world. He fell in love with France while studying with Fournier and Casals and retired to Normandy at the end of his playing career. Using his accumulated knowledge he created a building in France with a perfect acoustic. There he provides coaching and rehearsal/recording space for talented young professional performers.
Solo and Trio Broadcasts - BBC Bush House 1941 onwards
ENSA Solo Sonatas Chamber Music 1943 to 1945
Philharmonia Orchestra 1945 to 1957
Sub-Principal 1947 to 1953
Dartington Hall, Lecturer in Cello and History of Music 1957 to 1959
Principal, BBC Symphony Orchestra 1960 to 1965
BBC Solo Broadcasts 1960 onwards
Commercial Recordings 1965 onwards
Prestigious Film Recordings
Henry V Laurence Olivier William Walton
Hamlet Laurence Olivier William Walton
Richard the Third Laurence Olivier William Walton
Desert Rats; Lawrence of Arabia; Battle of Britain; Cruel Sea; James Bond Series; Great Expectations; Ealing Studio Series, i.e. Kind Hearts and Coronets; Guns of Navaronne; The Day of the Jackal; The French Lieutenants Woman; Zorba the Greek; Never on Sunday; Life of Brian; Time Bandits; Time Machine; Death of a Princess; Give My Regards to Broadway; and many others.
Brideshead Revisited; Dr Who; Blake Seven; Voyage Round My Father; Duet For One; Narnia; Life on Earth; Darwin's Voyage; Silent Witness; Live TV shows with Val Doonican ; Cilla Black; Sandy Shaw; Top of the Pops; Rolf Harris; David Frost; New Faces; and others.
Principal Cellist Jacques String Quartet
Sub-Principal Boyd Neel String Orchestra
Founder member and Sub-Principal Philharmonia Orchestra
Principal BBC Symphony Orchestra
Principal Midland Radio Orchestra
Principal Cheltenham Music Centre
Founder Member of the Dartington String Quartet
Founder Member of the London Octet
Founder Member of the London Ensemble