Jocelyn Pook

Jocelyn Pook – Composer Profile

Jocelyn-Pook_portJocelyn Pook is one of the UK’s most versatile composers, having written extensively for film, TV, opera house and concert hall. She has established an international reputation as a highly original composer winning her numerous awards and nominations including a Golden Globe, an Olivier and two British Composer Awards.

Often remembered for her film score to Eyes Wide Shut, which won her a Chicago Film Award and a Golden Globe nomination, Pook has worked with some of the world’s leading directors, musicians, artists and arts institutions – including Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, the Royal Opera House, BBC Proms, Andrew Motion, Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack and Laurie Anderson.

Pook wrote the film score to Michael Radford’s The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, which featured the voice of countertenor Andreas Scholl and was nominated for a Classical Brit Award. Other notable film scores include Brick Lane directed by Sarah Gavron and a piece for the soundtrack to Gangs of New York directed by Martin Scorsese.

With a blossoming reputation as a composer of electro-acoustic works and music for the concert platform, Pook continues to celebrate the diversity of the human voice. Her first opera Ingerland was commissioned and produced by ROH2 for the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio in June 2010. The BBC Proms and The King’s Singers commissioned to collaborate with the Poet Laureate Andrew Motion on a work entitled Mobile. Portraits in Absentia was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and is a collage of sound, voice, music and words woven from the messages left on her answerphone. She has received critical acclaim for her song cycle Hearing Voices, which was premiered in December 2012 by the BBC Concert Orchestra and singer Melanie Pappenheim at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Pook graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1983, where she studied the viola. She then embarked on a period of touring and recording with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack, Laurie Anderson and PJ Harvey and as a member of the Communards.

She also tours extensively with The Jocelyn Pook Ensemble, performing repertoire from her albums and music from her film scores.

Pook won an Olivier Award for the National Theatre’s production of St Joan, and for her music-theatre piece Speaking in Tunes she won a British Composer Award. She won a second British Composer Award for her soundtrack to DESH, which accompanies Akram Khan’s dance production of the same name. Pook has also composed scores for television shows and commercials, and was nominated for a BAFTA for Channel 4’s The Government Inspector (Dir: Peter Kosminsky).

In 2014 Pook composed the score for a new dance piece Lest We Forget choreographed by Akram Khan for English National Ballet to mark the centenary of the First World War, as well as the score for King Charles III, a new play by Mike Bartlett which had sell-out runs at Wyndham’s Theatre, the Almeida Theatre and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, before transfering to Broadway and embarking on a national tour. Both productions won South Bank Sky Arts Awards (2015) in the dance and theatre categories respectively. Pook’s most recent ballet for English National Ballet, M-Dao, choreographed by Yabin Wang, received its world premiere in 2016 at Sadler’s Wells.

Pook has chaired and been a judge on various panels including the British Composer Awards, Ivor Novello Awards and BBC Proms Young Composers Competition

Film
AUGUSTINEDharamsala
Director: Alice Winocour
Producers: Isabelle Madelaine, Emilie Tisne
LES INVISIBLESZadig Films
Director: Sébastien Lifshitz
Producer: Bruno Nahon
ROOM 304AlphaVille Pictures Copenhagen
Director: Birgitte Stærmose
Producer: Jesper Morthorst
ROOM IN ROMEMorena Films
Director: Julio Medem
Producer: Álvaro Longoria
GOING SOUTHAd Vitam Production
Director: Sébastien Lifshitz
Producers: Alexandra Henochsberg, Judith Nora
THE PEOPLE v. LEO FRANKBen Loeterman Productions
Director: Ben Loeterman
Producer: Laura Longsworth
BRICK LANEFilm4 / Ingenius Film Partners / Ruby Films
Director: Sarah Gavron
Producers: Chris Collins, Alison Owen
CHAOTIC ANAAlicia Produce
Director: Julio Medem
Producer: Sébastien Álverez
HEIDIPiccadilly Pictures
Director: Paul Marcus
Producers: Martyn Auty, Christopher Figg
THE MERCHANT OF VENICEAvenue Pictures Productions
Director: Michael Radford
Producers: Cary Brokaw, Michael Cowan, Barry Navidi, Jason Piette
**Soundtrack received Classical Brit Award nomination**
THEY CAME BACKHaut et Court
Director: Robin Campillo
Producers: Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta
WILD SIDEMaïa Films
Director: Sébastien Lifshitz
Producer: Gilles Sandoz
GANGS OF NEW YORK
(composed ‘Dionysus’)
Miramax
Director: Martin Scorsese
Producers: Alberto Grimaldi, Harvey Weinstein
THE WAR IN PARISHachette Première
Director: Yolande Zauberman
Producer: René Cleitman
THE REPENTANTARP Selection
Director: Laetitia Masson
Producers: Laurant Pétin, Michèlle Pétin
HOW I KILLED MY FATHERCiné B
Director: Anna Fontaine
Producer: Philippe Carcassonne
TIME OUTHaut et Court
Director: Laurante Cantet
Producer: Caroline Benjo
NASTY NEIGHBOURSIspo Facto Films
Director: Debbie Isitt
Producer: Christine Alderson
THE KHMER HEART
(composed ‘Butterfly Song’)
iCandy Productions
Director: Janine Hosking
Producer: Janine Hosking
EYES WIDE SHUTWarner Bros.
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Producer: Stanley Kubrick
Television
THE GOVERNMET INSPECTORArte France
Director: Peter Kosminsky
Producer: Jonathan Curling
DEATH ON A STAIRCASEMaha Productions
Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Producer: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
IN A LAND OF PLENTYBBC
Directors: Hettie Macdonald, David Moore
Producers: John Chapman, Michael Riley, Claire Hirsch
THE SIGHT20th Century Fox Television
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Producer: Chris Symes
BUTTERFLY COLLECTORS
(co-composed)
Granada Drama
Director: Jean Stewart
Producer: Hilary Bevan Jones
Dance and Theatre
M-DOA
(Ballet)
English National Ballet
Choreographer: Yabin Wang
KING CHARLES III
(Theatre)
Wyndhams Theatre, London
Writer: Mike Bartlett
LEST WE FORGET
(Ballet)
English National Ballet
Choreographer: Akram Khan
iTMOi (In The Mind Of Igor)
(Ballet) (co-composed)
Akram Khan Company
Choreographer: Akram Khan
BENCH
(Dance)
Jennifer Muller / The Works
Choreographer: Jennifer Muller
DESH
(Ballet)
Akram Khan Company
Choreographer: Akram Khan
OUT OF WATER
(Dance)
London 2012 Festival
Created by: Helen Paris and Caroline Wright