Robert Ames and Hugh Brunt to share Principal Conductor post
Monday 12 September 2016
Today the LCO announces that co-Artistic Directors Robert Ames and Hugh Brunt are to take up the role of co-Principal Conductor, effective immediately
Robert and Hugh established the LCO in 2008 and have since collaborated with artists as diverse as Actress, Radiohead, Vivienne Westwood and Terry Riley; recorded soundtracks to BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated films; and performed at leading venues and festivals nationally and internationally. In 2015 the LCO won the Ensemble category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, and Robert and Hugh together received the h.Club 100 Music Award, recognising the UK’s most influential creatives.
So far this year Robert has conducted the LCO in the world premiere of Daphne Oram’s Still Point at the Southbank Centre’s DEEP∞MINIMALISM Festival, Radio 3’s first Open Ear live broadcast from St John at Hackney, and Jonny Greenwood’s string arrangements on Frank Ocean’s new releases Endless and Blonde. Away from the LCO Robert regularly appears with the Symphony Orchestra of India, State Orchestra of Kazakhstan and keeps a busy schedule performing chamber and solo music as a violist. www.robertames.co.uk
Hugh’s recent work for LCO includes Ron Arad’s Curtain Call at the Roundhouse; BBC Radio 3’s ‘New Year New Music’ live broadcast from St John at Hackney; and conducting Jonny Greenwood’s string and choir arrangements on Radiohead’s new album A Moon Shaped Pool. Away from LCO Hugh appears regularly with the City of London Sinfonia, and Orchestra of Opera North, Britten Sinfonia, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. www.hughbrunt.com