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The London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO), founded in 2008 by Hugh Brunt and Robert Ames, is an ensemble of young musicians whose stated aim is "to explore and promote new music to an increasingly wide audience".[1] LCO staged its inaugural season at LSO St Luke's and has since performed at venues and festivals including the Roundhouse, Latitude Festival, The Old Vic Tunnels, Snape Maltings, Southbank Centre, Barbican, Spitalfields Music and Royal Opera House. LCO has since worked on films including Theeb, Moonlight, Macbeth (2015), Slow West and The Master.[2]

London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO)
Orchestra
LCO-logo1-300x96.jpg
Founded2008
Principal conductorRobert Ames and Hugh Brunt
Websitewww.lcorchestra.co.uk

In 2010 the LCO was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards (Audience Development category), and in 2015 LCO was the winner of the Ensemble category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.[3]

Contents

OverviewEdit

LCO's inaugural 2008 season featured music by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Kaija Saariaho, Thomas Adès, Iannis Xenakis, Simon Holt, Roberto Carnevale, Olivier Messiaen, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, and new works by young composers Emily Hall, Colin Alexander and Jonathan Cole.[4] In May 2009 the LCO collaborated with experimental electronic duo Matmos and composer Anna Meredith for a series of performances at Shoreditch warehouse Village Underground.[5] LCO appeared at the Roundhouse in January 2010 as part of contemporary music festival 'Reverb', performing works by Steve Reich, John Cage, Biosphere and the world premiere of Shiva Feshareki's turntable concerto "TTKonzert".[6] LCO made its debut at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival in June 2010[7] and at Aldeburgh Music's 'Faster Than Sound' in May 2010.[8] In October 2010, the Roundhouse staged three screenings of Metropolis (restored version) with Gottfried Huppertz's original score performed live by the LCO.[9] Later that year, the LCO gave a performance of Frank Zappa's "The Yellow Shark" as part of the Roundhouse's 'Frank Zappa – 70th Birthday Celebration'.[10] LCO returned to the Roundhouse in August 2011 to collaborate with Ron Arad on 'Curtain Call'.[10] LCO staged its first 'LCO Soloists' project at The Old Vic Tunnels in May 2011.[11] In March 2012, the LCO performed works by Xenakis, Gabriel Prokofiev, Jonny Greenwood and Vivier to a capacity audience of 1,200 as part of 'Reverb 2012' at the Roundhouse.[10] LCO made its Southbank Centre debut in 2012 closing Meltdown Festival (curated by Antony Hegarty) with a performance of William Basinski's "The Disintegration Loops".[12]

In 2013 LCO performed in the abandoned Aldwich underground station, 350 ft underground, Claude Vivier's Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele ('Do You Believe in the Immortality of the Soul?').[13] LCO was the winner of the Ensemble category in 2015 at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards. LCO strings and choir feature prominently on Radiohead's 2016 Mercury-nominated album A Moon Shaped Pool.[14]

OrganisationEdit

The Artistic Director role is shared between Robert Ames and Hugh Brunt. They also share the role of Principal Conductor.[15]

CollaborationsEdit

The LCO performed with headliners Belle & Sebastian at Latitude Festival in July 2010[16] and rejoined the band for their UK tour in December 2010.[17] The concerts reprised many of the arrangements first performed by Belle & Sebastian and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in 2006.[18] In June 2010 members from the LCO joined Mercury Prize-nominated[19] band Foals at Glastonbury Festival for a BBC 6 Music live session. LCO appear on the band's single "Spanish Sahara" (radio edit).[20] LCO has worked with artists, composers and brands including Secret Cinema, Actress, Vivienne Westwood, Arcade Fire, Goldfrapp, Nike, William Basinski, Biosphere, Mira Calix, Mara Carlyle, Mike Figgis, Simon Fisher Turner, Foals, Jonny Greenwood, Matmos, Jimmy Page, Jed Kurzel, Frank Ocean and United Visual Artists.[10]

AwardsEdit

In 2010 the LCO was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards (Audience Development category), and in 2015 LCO was the winner of the Ensemble category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.[3]

FilmographyEdit

The Master score performed by London Contemporary Orchestra[21]
Release Date: 21 September 2012
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Awards: Chicago Film Critics Association Awards – Best Original Score

Theeb score performed by London Contemporary Orchestra[22]
Release Date: 19 March 2015
Director: Naji Abu Nowar

Awards: BAFTA – Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer; Academy Award nominated – Best Foreign Language Film of the Year[23]

Slow West score performed by London Contemporary Orchestra[24]
Release Date: 16 April 2015
Director: John Maclean

Awards: Sundance Film Festival – World Cinema (Dramatic); Screen Music Awards – Feature Film Score of the Year[23]

Rattle the Cage score performed by London Contemporary Orchestra[25]
Release Date: 10 December 2015
Director: Majid Al Ansari

Macbeth score performed by London Contemporary Orchestra[26]
Release Date: 11 December 2015
Director: Justin Kurzel

Awards: Cannes Film Festival nominated – Palme d'Or

Radiohead: "Daydreaming" (Video Short) score performed by London Contemporary Orchestra[27]
Release Date: 6 May 2016
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Awards: MTV Video Music Awards Japan nominated - Best Rock Video

The White King score performed by London Contemporary Orchestra[28]
Release Date: 18 June 2016
Directors: Alex Helfrecht, Jörg Tittel

Awards: Michael Powell Award nominated - Best British Feature Film; Edinburgh International Film Festival nominated - Best Performance in a British Feature Film

"The Dead Sea" (Short) score performed by London Contemporary Orchestra[28]
Release Date: 3 December 2016
Director: Stuart Gatt

Awards: Triforce Short Film Festival - The Audience Choice Award[29]

Assassin's Creed score performed by London Contemporary Orchestra
Release Date: 14 December 2016
Director: Justin Kurzel

Awards: Golden Trailer Awards - Golden Fleece TV Spot; Golden Trailer Awards nominated - Best Original Score TV Spot[30]

Alien: Covenant score performed by London Contemporary Orchestra
Release Date: 4 May 2017
Director: Ridley Scott

Awards: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films nominated - Best Science Film Award; Fright Meter Awards nominated - Best Special Effects[31]

You Were Never Really Here score performed by London Contemporary Orchestra
Release Date: 27 May 2017
Director: Lynne Ramsay

Awards: Cannes Film Festival  – Best Actor; Best Screenplay[23]

Phantom Thread score performed by London Contemporary Orchestra
Release Date: 25 December 2017
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Awards: Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated[23]

DiscographyEdit

Foals: "Miami" (Glastonbury Acoustic) feat. players from the LCO[32]
Release Date: 2 July 2010
Label: Warner Music UK Limited

Foals: "Spanish Sahara" with London Contemporary Orchestra[33]
Release Date: 12 September 2010
Label: Warner Music UK Limited

Jonny Greenwood: The Master (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[34]
Release Date: 10 September 2012
Label: Nonesuch Records Inc.

Foals: Holy Fire feat. London Contemporary Orchestra
Release Date: 11 February 2013
Label: Transgressive

Jed Kurzel: Slow West (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Release Date: 12 May 2015
Label: Sony Classical Records

Jerry Lane: Theeb (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with London Contemporary Orchestra
Release Date: 7 August 2015
Label: Al Dakheel, Inc.

Jed Kurzel: Macbeth (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[35]
Release Date: 1 October 2015
Label: Decca Records

Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool by (2016)
Release Date: 8 May 2016
Label: XL Recordings
Most tracks on this album feature the orchestra and choir performing arrangements by Jonny Greenwood

Frank Ocean: Endless feat. London Contemporary Orchestra
Release Date: 19 August 2016
Label: Def Jam Recordings

Frank Ocean: Blonde feat. London Contemporary Orchestra
Release Date: 20 August 2016
Label: Boys Don't Cry

Justice: Woman feat. London Contemporary Orchestra[36]
Release Date: 18 November 2016
Label: Ed Banger Records

Alien: Covenant (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Jed Kurzel
Release Date: 19 May 2017
Label: Milan Records

Actress X LCO: Audio Track 5
Release Date: 1 September 2017
Label: Ninja Tune

Phantom Thread (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Jonny Greenwood[37]
Release Date: 12 January 2018
Label: Nonesuch

Actress X LCO: Lageos
Release Date: 25 May 2018
Label: Ninja Tune

New WorksEdit

  • Emily Hall: "Put Flesh On!" (2008)
  • Colin Alexander: "Potential Fracture Lines" (2008)
  • Jonathan Cole: "Assassin Hair", revised version (2008)
  • Howard Quin: "Combination Curves" (2009)
  • Jonathan Cole: "burburbabbar za" (2009)
  • Shiva Feshareki: "TTKonzert" (2010)
  • Tristan Brookes: "Ur" (2010)
  • Emily Hall and Toby Litt: "Songs" (2010)
  • Mira Calix and Larry Goves: "pedotin"; "ipo" (2010)
  • Simon Fisher Turner: "Attitude" (2010)
  • Jonathan Cole / Colin Alexander: "Forum" (2011)
  • Martin Suckling: "de sol y grana" (2011)
  • Gabriel Prokofiev: "Concerto for Bass Drum and Orchestra" (2012)
  • William Basinski (arr. Maxim Moston) "Disintegration Loop 2.1" (2012)
  • Actress: Audio Track 5 (2017)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ LCOrchestra (LCOrchestra) on Twitter
  2. ^ "Films - London Contemporary Orchestra". London Contemporary Orchestra. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  3. ^ a b RPS Music Awards | Royal Philharmonic Society
  4. ^ London Contemporary Orchestra
  5. ^ "Matmos and the London Contemporary Orchestra - Village Underground". Archived from the original on May 12, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  6. ^ News - London Contemporary Orchestra
  7. ^ "Spitalfields Music - Brothers Quay: Street of Crocodiles - Summer Festival 2010". Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  8. ^ Faster Than Sound: London Contemporary Orchestra | Aldeburgh Music
  9. ^ Metropolis with LCO | Roundhouse
  10. ^ a b c d Past - London Contemporary Orchestra
  11. ^ London Contemporary Orchestra - Old Vic Tunnels
  12. ^ LCO closes Southbank Centre's Meltdown Festival with William Basinski's ‘The Disintegration Loops’ - London Contemporary Orchestra
  13. ^ "Features - London Contemporary Orchestra". London Contemporary Orchestra. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  14. ^ "About LCO - London Contemporary Orchestra". London Contemporary Orchestra. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  15. ^ "Blog - London Contemporary Orchestra". London Contemporary Orchestra. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  16. ^ News - London Contemporary Orchestra
  17. ^ Live Dates | Belle and Sebastian
  18. ^ News - London Contemporary Orchestra
  19. ^ Barclaycard Mercury Prize
  20. ^ Foals // News
  21. ^ Anderson, Paul Thomas; Carson, Price; Howard, Mike; David, Sarah Shoshana (2012-09-21), The Master, retrieved 2017-01-06
  22. ^ Nowar, Naji Abu; Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hussein Salameh; Al-Maraiyeh, Hassan Mutlag; Ahmand, Hisham (2015-03-19), Theeb, retrieved 2017-01-06
  23. ^ a b c d "Films - London Contemporary Orchestra". London Contemporary Orchestra. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  24. ^ Maclean, John; Fassbender, Michael; Mendelsohn, Ben; Paki, Aorere (2015-04-16), Slow West, retrieved 2017-01-06
  25. ^ Ansari, Majid Al; Abed, Abdalla Bu; Ahd; Al-Jabri, Ali (2015-12-10), Rattle the Cage, retrieved 2017-01-06
  26. ^ Kurzel, Justin; Madigan, Frank; Fassbender, Michael; Cotillard, Marion (2015-12-11), Macbeth, retrieved 2017-01-06
  27. ^ "Radiohead: Daydreaming (Video 2016)".
  28. ^ a b "London Contemporary Orchestra". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  29. ^ "the dead sea – TriForce Short Film Festival". tfsff.com. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  30. ^ Assassin's Creed, retrieved 2018-09-05
  31. ^ Alien: Covenant, retrieved 2018-09-05
  32. ^ "Miami (Glastonbury Acoustic). Buy online". Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010.
  33. ^ "Foals - Spanish Sahara (w/ London Contemporary Orchestra). Buy online". Archived from the original on September 17, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
  34. ^ The Master [Soundtrack] | Nonesuch Records
  35. ^ "Macbeth (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Jed Kurzel on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  36. ^ "Justice Detail New Album Woman | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  37. ^ "Phantom Thread: Live - London Contemporary Orchestra". London Contemporary Orchestra. Retrieved 2018-01-23.

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