Conductor, curator, arranger and Co-founder of the London Contemporary Orchestra Robert Ames has signed with BMG’s neoclassical imprint Modern Recordings and will release his first album “Change Ringing” on May 28th.
Robert has been a key exchange agent between the classical tradition and contemporary music, working with Frank Ocean, Little Simz Jonny Greenwood, Actress and Sigur Ros front man Jonsi. As well as minimalist geniuses of the 20th C, like Steve Reich, Terry Riley and Philip Glass. He has conducted many award-winning scores in the studio and in concert has toured internationally. He was the youngest ever Royal Philharmonic Award nominated conductor in 2019.
His debut, self-produced and performed album was written and recorded in 2020 in his studio in the Peak District (famed for its wide panoramas, valleys and gorges cut through limestone plateaus.) During the recording process he utilized both 20th century electronic techniques and western traditional annotation, forming layers of audio and written music that have been manipulated and transformed to form a symphonic geological soundscape.
The album features LCO Lead violinist and composer Galya Bisengalieva and Steam Down affiliated harpist composer Nala Sinephro.
As a conductor, curator and arranger, Robert Ames has been a key exchange agent between the classical tradition and contemporary music. Founding the London Contemporary Orchestra fresh out of the Royal Academy of Music, Robert went on to work like: conducting Jonny Greenwood’s Oscar Nominated score for the film Phantom Thread, strings for Frank Ocean’s Blonde, arranging and conducting shows for Little Simz and Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi, as well as a longstanding relationship with composer Actress, producing and writing on multiple tracks on his 2020 album Karma & Desire.
With the LCO he has worked closely with the minimalist geniuses of the 20th century like Steve Reich, Terry Riley and Philip Glass as the orchestra proselytized their worth to a new generation.
Robert has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, L’Orchestre National De Lyon, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Moscow New Music Ensemble and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.