Monday 6 May 2019

ComposHer: Open Call for Orchestrations

ComposHer and the London Contemporary Orchestra are offering an open call for orchestrations for a performance of works by the U.K.’s leading female composers at Earth Hackney on Thursday the 13th June.

The selected applicants will have:

• The opportunity to orchestrate a piece by one of the composers presented at the event (see list below)
• Mentorship and guidance from the Artistic Directors of the London Contemporary Orchestra
• Interaction with the composer of the piece
• Attendance at the workshop/ rehearsal of the piece
• Attendance at the rehearsal final performance
• Payment for their work

Applicants must be available to work in the weeks of 27th May and 3rd June.

ComposHER is a new concert celebrating the best new music to moving picture, featuring a stunning roster of some of the best women composers writing for the screen today. The aim of the concert is not only to showcase this incredible talent in the UK, of composers scoring film, TV and more, but also to inspire the next generation of women composers and to seek to make this area of the industry as inclusive as possible for future generations.

The composers being showcased are: Carly Paradis, Jessica Jones, Anne Nikitin, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Kate Simko, Jessica Curry, Jocelyn Pook, Nainita Desai, Imogen Heap, Alev Lenz, Claire M Singer and Amelia Warner.

London Contemporary Orchestra is a leading global orchestral group focused on playing, commissioning and developing new music and artistic output. Alongside working with well- known artists, LCO focus on developing a diverse next generation of players, conductors and composers by creating opportunities for them to work at the highest professional level.

For consideration please submit a previously orchestrated score with a recording (if possible): [email protected] by Midnight on Saturday the 17th May 2019.

Friday 26 April 2019


This is a rare opportunity offering considerable professional development and growth to someone interested in the music industry across record labels, publishing, A&R and soundtracks in administration and management.

JOB TITLE: Recording Projects Manager
TERMS: Part-time – four hours per day, five days per week
CONTRACT: Salaried, beginning May/June 2019, with a 3-month review
LINE MANAGER: Hugh Brunt – co-Artistic Director & co-Principal Conductor
REMUNERATION: £18,200 (£36,400 pro rata)

London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) is pleased to recruit for the specially-created role of Recording Projects Manager – working with co-Artistic Director & co-Principal Conductor Hugh Brunt to support the delivery and expansion of the LCO’s studio output, encompassing Hollywood and independent feature films, TV series, production/library music, video games, sample libraries, and albums with leading bands and solo artists.


Applications should be submitted by e-mail (PDF format) to [email protected] by 5pm on Monday 6 May 2019 using the subject line Recording Projects Manager – Application. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted later in the week for interview, in London, w/c Monday 13 May 2019.

Photo: Lee Kirby for Spitfire Audio (LCO Textures)

Thursday 24 January 2019

Spitfire Audio announces LCO Textures

Our second collaborative venture with Spitfire Audio took us to an awe-inspiring aircraft hangar for a recording process like no other. Together we have created a completely unique, never-before-sampled sound palette – a sophisticated collection of constantly evolving organic textures, formed by layering unexpected combinations of instruments. More info »

Thursday 23 February 2017

LCO x Spitfire Audio

We pride ourselves on continually testing what sounds can be created through acoustic means, partnering with some amazing collaborators in that process. We’ve been lucky to work over the last two years with our friends Spitfire Audio to develop a sample library of strings capturing many of these unique sounds. The library is available at a discounted price until March 9th. More info »

Wednesday 14 December 2016

‘There Will Be Blood: Live’ UK Tour

There Will Be Blood: Live

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

In January 2017, the LCO will embark on a UK tour of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-winning film There Will Be Blood accompanied by a live orchestral performance of Jonny Greenwood’s score.

Monday 30 January 2017*
Royal Festival Hall, London
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Sunday 5 February 2017^
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
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Monday 6 February 2017^
Brighton Dome
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Tuesday 7 February 2017^
Colston Hall, Bristol
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*Jonny Greenwood (ondes Martenot)
^Cynthia Millar (ondes Martenot)
Galya Bisengalieva (violin)
Oliver Coates (cello)
Hugh Brunt (conductor)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 epic historical drama is regarded as one of the greatest films of the 2000s. It was voted at no. 1 in Total Film’s top ten films of the decade, no. 3 in the BBC’s 100 greatest films of the 21st Century, won 2 Oscars (nominated for 8), and won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival that year.

“…the effect was superb… a singular audio-visual journey into a heart of darkness.” ★★★★ The Times

Meanwhile Greenwood’s score is considered a masterwork of dramatic tension. While writing the script, Anderson heard Greenwood’s orchestral piece Popcorn Superhet Receiver and the alien experimental dissonance of the music set the unsettling tone for the film, based on the Upton Sinclair’s novel Oil!. It was Greenwood’s first of many soundtracks for feature film. It has passages extrapolated from Arvo Pärt Fratres and Brahms’ Violin Concerto (both major works in the classical cannon in their own right). Greenwood’s soundtrack was a frontrunner Best Original Score at the Oscars but was ruled out for featuring previously composed material.

LCO put together the ‘live-theatrical’ presentation of the film for the world premiere in 2014 for two sold-out performances at the 2,500 capacity Roundhouse in London. They have a unique working relationship with Greenwood, also providing orchestral support on multiple tracks on Radiohead’s album A Moon Shaped Pool. The show features over 50 orchestral musicians and uses the ondes Martenot, a rare early electronic instrument that resembles a cross between an organ and a theremin, which Greenwood has also used on various Radiohead tracks.

Following the Southbank show on Monday 30 January 2017, the orchestra plays Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Sunday 5 February, Brighton on Monday 6 February and Bristol’s Colston Hall on Tuesday 7 February.

For press enquiries:

Seb Burford – Director, WFS Comms
[email protected]

By arrangement with Miramax, Park Circus Films and Faber Music. Original production commissioned by the Roundhouse.