Robert Ames appointed as Co-Principal of London Contemporary Orchestra
12 September 2016
“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
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, leading them to win the RPS award for best ensemble in 2015.
Alongside co-founder Hugh Brunt, Robert Ames is now set to share the role of principal conductor.
Since its inception, the pair began to think very differently about what people want to listen to – keen to break some of the conventions and rituals surrounding classical music.
This is reflected in the diverse projects and range of artists with which the LCO has collaborated, including: Radiohead, Secret Cinema, Actress, Vivienne Westwood, Jonny Greenwood, Arcade Fire, Boiler Room, Goldfrapp, Nike, Terry Riley, Beck and Foals.
In 2015 Ames and Brunt received the h.Club 100 Music Award, which celebrates the 100 most influential and innovative people in the UK’s creative industries.
So far this year, Ames 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 as well as Conducting Jonny Greenwood’s string arrangements on Frank Ocean’s new releases, Endless and Blonde.
Away from the LCO, Ames regularly appears with the Symphony Orchestra of India, and the State Orchestra of Kazakhstan as well as keeping a busy recording schedule.
More information about Robert can be found here.