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Coronet Inside Out: Jocelyn Pook

A Survey of Music

Acclaimed composer Jocelyn Pook presents a survey of her music made with a number of collaborators, which illustrate the huge range of her work as a composer, particularly for the stage and video.

Jocelyn Pook’s symphonic song cycle Hearing Voices was performed at The Coronet Theatre in 2017.


Featured eXTRACTS

Portraits In Absentia – 1999 – suite for string trio, piano, voice and answerphone messages. Originally written for BBC Radio 3’s Between The Ears and produced by Marilyn Imrie

Drawing Life – 2014 – Multi art form music theatre piece commissioned by the Jewish Music Institute, and made in collaboration with Dragan Aleksic, Emma Bernard and Melanie Pappenheim:

Hearing Voices – 2012 – symphonic song cycle originally commissioned by BBC Concert Orchestra and made in collaboration with Emma Bernard and Melanie Pappenheim.

Untold Things – 2001 – Real World Records – singer Melanie Pappenheim:

Memorial – 2018 – music theatre piece commissioned for Barbican 14-18 NOW & Adelaide Festival by Brink Theatre Productions.


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Jocelyn Pook

Jocelyn Pook is one of the UK’s most versatile composers, having written extensively for stage, screen, opera house and concert hall. Often remembered for her film score to Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, which won her a Chicago Film Award and a Golden Globe nomination, she has worked with some of the world’s leading directors, musicians and artists including Martin Scorsese, Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack, Laurie Anderson.

Her first opera Ingerland was commissioned by ROH2 for the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio in 2010, and The BBC Proms and The King’s Singers commissioned her to collaborate with Poet Laureate Andrew Motion on a work entitled Mobile. Jocelyn won an Olivier Award for the National Theatre’s production of St Joan, and a British Composer Award for her multi-media music-theatre piece Speaking in Tunes. She won a second British Composer Award for her soundtrack to Akram Khan’s dance production DESH. In 2014 she composed the score for his dance piece Dust choreographed for English National Ballet to mark the centenary of the First World War, as well as the score for Mike Bartlett’s play King Charles III which premiered at Almeida Theatre, London and transferred to West End and Broadway NY. Her most recent ballet for English National Ballet, M-Dao, choreographed by Yabin Wang, premiered in 2016 at Sadler’s Wells.

In 2018 Jocelyn won a BAFTA for her score for the 2017 TV film version of King Charles III. She composed the soundtracks for The Wife, acclaimed feature film starring Glenn Close, and for The Staircase, the extraordinary documentary series directed by Jean-Xavier Lestrade. In 2019 Pook was commissioned by The Proms to compose a new piece for Prom 49: in The Lost Words: “You Need To Listen To Us” she sets words from speeches by environmental activist Greta Thunberg to music. She also composed the soundtrack for The Kingmaker, a documentary film about the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, directed by Lauren Greenfield.