From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Cooke, Thomas, a musician, born in Dublin in 1782. His precocious talents were cultivated by his father, and while quite young he was appointed musical director of a Dublin theatre. At the termination of this engagement he sang in the English operas, and afterwards, retiring from the stage, acted as director, composer, and leader at Drury Lane and Covent Garden. He was more distinguished for his prompt facility both in composition and performance, than for particular excellence in either. So great was his aptitude, that at a benefit in 1820, besides singing, he executed solos on nine different instruments. Successful as a teacher, he was also noted for his wit and brilliant parts as a companion. He died in London, 31st March 1848, aged about 66. Mr. Cooke married Miss Howells, a celebrated singer, by whom he had many children, one of whom, Grattan Cooke, has greatly distinguished himself as a vocalist.
39. Biographical Dictionary, Imperial: Edited by John F. Waller. 3 vols. London, N.D.
250. Musiciens, Biographie Universelle des: F. J. Fetis. 8 vols. Paris, 1860-'5.
Charlotte Milligan Fox, sister of the poet Alice Milligan, was a founding member of the Irish Folk Song Society and an indefatigable field collector of Irish traditional music. Her singularly important work on Irish haprers is here presented for the twenty-first century reader. This edition of Annals offers a much greater number of illustrations than were included in the original 1911 publication, a full biographical introduction, an extensive bibliography of the writings of Milligan Fox and an appendix discussing the variant texts of Arthur O’Neills Memoirs.
Join our mailing list to receive updates on new content on Library, our latest ebooks, and more.
You won't be inundated with emails! — we'll just keep you posted periodically — about once a monthish — on what's happening with the library.