Perhaps best known for her score for Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, Jocelyn Pook is one of UK’s most versatile composers, having written extensively for stage, screen, opera house and concert hall. After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied the viola, she toured and recorded extensively with various bands and artists such as Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson, Mark Knopfler, PJ Harvey and as a member of the Communards. She worked with experimental theatre and dance companies both as performer and then as composer, such as Impact Theatre Co-operative, Lumiere & Son, DV8 Physical Theatre, RSC and for the National Theatre’s production of St Joan (dir. Marianne Elliot) for which she won an Olivier Award. Her first opera Ingerland was commissioned and produced by ROH2 for the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio in 2010.
Established as a highly original composer of screen music, Jocelyn’s score for Eyes Wide Shut garnered a Chicago Film Award and a Golden Globe nomination. Other film scores include The Merchant of Venice (Dir: Michael Radford) with Al Pacino, which featured the voice of countertenor Andreas Scholl and was nominated for a Classical Brit Award, Heidi (Dir: Paul Marcus), L’Emploi Du Temps (Dir: Laurent Cantet), Brick Lane (Dir: Sarah Gavron) and a piece for Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.
Jocelyn recently received critical acclaim for her symphonic song cycle Hearing Voices, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and singer Melanie Pappenheim and conducted by Charles Hazlewood. Jocelyn was one of the composers commissioned to write music for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in honour of the jubilee of Elizabeth II. In 2011 Jocelyn created the score for Akram Khan’s DESH, for which she won a British Composer Award.
Jocelyn’s album Untold Things will be rereleased by RealWorld Records in July.