John Mills-Cockell


John Mills-Cockell

John Mills-Cockell (born 1943) is a Canadian composer in various media. He has created scores for Vancouver Playhouse, The National Arts Centre, Firehall Centre for the Arts, Citadel Theatre, Glasgow Museum of Art, and Phoenix Theatre. Past commissions include works for the National Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Toronto Repertory Orchestra, St. Lawrence Centre, as well as film scores for National Film Board, independent film makers, and the well-known television series, Here Come the Seventies, A Third Testament, and The Little Vampire.

Mills-Cockell's work Concerto of Deliverance was released on compact disc in 2004. It is scored for voice, solo violin, clarinet, choir, and electroacoustic instruments, and is his first recorded release since Do You Hear the Rushing River? As a recording artist, Mills-Cockell has released more than 10 albums. He was a founding member of the electronic rock band, Syrinx, and the multimedia group, Intersystems, as well as being a member of the rock group, Kensington Market. Mills-Cockell has won the CFTA award for best original score (The Newcomers: Italians), been nominated for a Genie for best film score (Terror Train), a Dora for best musical (Donut City), and in 1990 was honoured with the SOCAN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Music. In 1994, Mills-Cockell moved to Vancouver from Toronto and currently resides on Vancouver Island.

Mills-Cockell is a graduate of The Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. Among his teachers at the RCMT and the UT were John Coveart (piano), Samuel Dolin (composition), and Gustav Ciamaga (electronic music). In 1967 he won a BMI Award to Student Composers for his Movements for orchestra and Reverberation for solo trombone and two stereo tapes.[1]

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