Winner of the Ensemble category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2015, the London Contemporary Orchestra has established itself as one of the UK’s most innovative and respected ensembles – promoting the best new music and cross-arts collaborations to an increasingly wide audience. Formed in 2008 by co-Artistic Directors and co-Principal Conductors Robert Ames and Hugh Brunt, the LCO has collaborated with a distinguished array of composers, artists and brands, including Radiohead, Frank Ocean, Secret Cinema, Thom Yorke, Actress, Vivienne Westwood, Jonny Greenwood, members of Arcade Fire, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Beck and Foals. Highlights include sold-out performances at the Roundhouse, Southbank Centre, Barbican and BBC Proms; There Will Be Blood: Live; the world premiere of Shiva Feshareki’s site-responsive GABA-analogue at Printworks; and live broadcasts on NTS, BBC Radio 3 and Boiler Room. The orchestra’s soundtrack output features Phantom Thread, Alien: Covenant, You Were Never Really Here, The Master, Theeb and Macbeth, and the LCO strings and choir appear prominently on Radiohead’s 2016 album A Moon Shaped Pool.
“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.”
Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards