Thursday 27 August 2015


Ioana Sisea


SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER 2015, 6-8pm
Closing date for submissions: Friday 9 October

London Contemporary Orchestra, in partnership with the Roundhouse and artist Ioana Sisea, is pleased to announce its third and final ‘Call for Scores’ as part of The Hub Sessions. Composers / sound artists of any age and nationality are invited to submit electronic scores to accompany one of Ioana Sisea’s Present Continuous films.

The Present Continuous series comprises five films, ranging in length from 30 seconds to 5:38 minutes each. Composers may select any one of the films to score. Composers are not required to score their chosen film in its entirety, but must submit no less than 30 seconds’ worth of material.

Three shortlisted entries will be showcased on the LCO’s website and YouTube channel, with one of the films receiving a screening at the Dorfman Hub, Roundhouse on Sunday 25 October (following a workshop session and open discussion with Ioana Sisea).

The selected composer will be shortlisted alongside March and April 2015 ‘Call for Scores’ composers Neil Quigley and Stephen Wilkinson, one of whom will receive a £1,000 commission from LCO Soloists for 2015/16.

• Please click here to download the films
• The electronic score must be original, and must not have been previously performed in public or commercially released
• Composers may submit one work only across the March, April and October 2015 ‘Call for Scores’

• The film w/ electronic score as an unlisted YouTube link (minimum 720p quality)
• If submitting an excerpt, please only upload the relevant section of the film
• Contact information

Please send YouTube links and contact details, and direct any questions, to

@LCOrchestra | @RoundhouseLDN | #LCOSoloists | #TheHubSessions

Tuesday 26 May 2015

LCO records score for Justin Kurzel’s ‘Macbeth’

Produced by Academy Award-winning See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech) and directed by Justin Kurzel, Macbeth (starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard) premiered to acclaim at Cannes Film Festival last Saturday.

“Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender excel in Justin Kurzel’s thrillingly savage interpretation of the Scottish Play.” (Variety)

Jed Kurzel’s score – conducted and orchestrated by Hugh Brunt, and featuring prominent solos from Robert Ames, Daniel Pioro, Clare O’Connell, Max Baillie, and Louise Morgan – was recorded at British Grove Studios in January. Macbeth is due for UK release on October 2nd 2015.

“Battle drums and an extraordinary, sometimes beautiful score by Jed Kurzel, the director’s brother, conduct the audience’s emotions, and the result is devastating.” (The Times)

This is the LCO’s second collaboration with Jed Kurzel, who first worked together on John Maclean’s Slow West, winner of the ‘World Cinema – Dramatic’ prize at Sundance Film Festival this year. Slow West (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is available now on Lakeshore Records.

Macbeth – official teaser trailer:

Images: courtesy of The Weinstein Company / StudioCanal

Wednesday 6 May 2015

LCO wins Ensemble category at RPS Music Awards


LCO was last night announced as winner of the Ensemble category at the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards. Presented in association with BBC Radio 3, the RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. The award was presented to co-Artistic Directors Robert Ames and Hugh Brunt, and accepted on behalf of the LCO’s players. The judges’ citation:

“London Contemporary Orchestra has become one of Britain’s brightest beacons for new music. Its repertoire is adventurous yet it attracts sell-out crowds to extraordinary venues and has a remarkable online following. It nurtures new audiences, forges fruitful alliances across the stylistic spectrum, and champions challenging scores with virtuosic flair.”

Press release >>

Photo: Simon Jay Price

Tuesday 31 March 2015

LCO shortlisted for the RPS Music Awards


For the second year running, the LCO has been shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards in the Ensemble category, alongside the Arditti Quartet and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The annual RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Awards, in thirteen categories, are decided by independent panels consisting of some of the music industry’s most distinguished practitioners. The awards honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations. The list of previous winners reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of classical music. This year’s RPS Music Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in 2014.

Listen to Galya and Robert on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune [53:25] talking about the nomination and performing Brother by Edmund Finnis alongside Jonny Greenwood’s Prospector’s Quartet (joined by Daniel and Oliver).

Press release >>

For press enquiries, please contact:

Sophie Cohen Arts Publicity
0207 428 9850

Monday 11 August 2014

There Will Be Blood: Live receives ★★★★★ from The Independent

Jonny Greenwood and the LCO joined forces at Roundhouse Summer Sessions last week to perform Greenwood’s score live to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Academy Award-winning film There Will Be Blood. “The result was a magnificent, dramatic performance that had audiences in awe.” Here is a round-up of the press and audience feedback.

“Sparse and at times just plain peculiar – but in a brilliantly original way. It’s magnificent.”
The Independent

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