Jocelyn Pook

born on 14/2/1960 in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Jocelyn Pook

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Jocelyn Pook
Born February 14 1960 (1960-02-14) (age 53)
Birmingham, England
Occupation Composer, pianist and viola player
Spouse(s) Dragan Aleksic[1]

Jocelyn Pook (born 14 February 1960, Birmingham, England) is a British composer, pianist and viola player.[2][3]


Jocelyn Pook graduated in 1983 from Londons Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied the viola. She performed with many pop artists including The Communards and Massive Attack, and formed Electra Strings together with Sonia Slany for whom she wrote original material. [4] She has worked extensively with eminent dance companies such as DV8 and Shobana Jeyasingh, and in 2002 she was commissioned by The Proms to write a work for The King's Singers in collaboration with Andrew Motion.

Pook recorded on two occasions with pianist Jeremy Peyton Jones for Rough Trade and later for Century XXI. About a year later, she joined Anne Stephenson and Audrey Riley to accompany Virginia Astley both on stage and record. Session work followed and alternated with her co-founding of the Electra Strings with Australian violinist Sonia Slany and an album on the Village Life label. This neoclassical chamber quartet later transformed into the Brilliant Strings after she and Slany had gone their separate ways.

As a solo recording artist, Pook released several albums. These included Deluge (1997), Flood (1999) and Untold Things (2003).

Her career as a film composer took flight when cuts from her album Flood were used in Stanley Kubricks film Eyes Wide Shut. The piece Masked Ball,[5] which incorporates a fragment of an Orthodox Liturgy played backwards and lyrics sung (or chanted) in Romanian, underscored the masked ball sequence.[6][7]

Further scores have subsequently been contributed to several European films, notably the 2004 film version of William Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice, Peter Kosminskys film on David Kelly, The Government Inspector, Brick Lane and 2007s Caótica Ana.[8][9]

Pook was commissioned to write a short opera, Ingerland,[10] for ROH2 (the contemporary producing arm of Londons Royal Opera House) which was performed in the Royal Opera Houses Linbury Studio Theatre in June 2010.[11]

On the 3rd of December 2012 her work "Hearing Voices", was performed in premiere by Melanie Pappenheim with Charles Hazlewood conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in a concert on the theme of hysteria. [12]


In 1983 Jocelyn appeared in the ABC movie Mantrap as one of many string players for the album The Lexicon of Love.[13]

Pook frequently works with vocalist Melanie Pappenheim.


Studio Albums

1997 - Deluge

1999 - Flood

2001 - Untold Things

Albums with Ensembles

1997 - Meeting Electra - Electra Strings & Paul Clarvis (with Sonia Slany) - Village Life 97121 VL

Live Theatre

2012 - Desh - For the dancework of the group Akram Khan (dancer)

Soundtracks (Film & TV)

1994-6 - Blight; 14 Mins. short film by John Smith

1999 - Eyes Wide Shut - Director Stanley Kubrick

2000 - My Khmer Heart (Breaking Hearts)

2000 - The Sight - Director Paul Anderson

2000 - Enron Advert; Ode to Why Campaign

2000 - Comment j'ai tué mon pére (How I Killed My Father)

2001 - In a Land of Plenty - 10 Episode BBC Drama Series produced by Sterling Pictures and Talkback

2001 - Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures Documentary - Director Jan Harlan

2001 - L'Emploi Du Temps (Time Out)

2002 - Addicted to the Stars

2002 - La Repentie (The Repentant)

2002 - La Guerre á Paris (The War In Paris)

2003 - Gangs of New York

2004 - The Merchant of Venice

2004 - Wild Side

2004 - The Staircase

2004 - They Came Back

2005 - The Government Inspector

2005-2006 - Heidi

2007 - Brick Lane

2007 - Remnants of Everest: The 1996 Tragedy (USA: Storm over Everest)

2009 - The People v. Leo Frank

2009 - Caótica Ana (Chaotic Ana)

2009 - Heading South

2010 - Habitación En Roma (Room in Rome)

2011 - Vaerelse 304 - (Room 304)


1997 - Blow The Wind - Virgin Records

2003 - Sacrum (12 inch) - Additive

Various Collaborations - Miscellania

1993 - Plus from US - Various Artists - Real World Records

1993 - Way Down Buffalo Hell - Jam Nation - (Sleeping, She Moved Through The Fair) - Real World Records

1997 - Friday the Thirteenth - The Stranglers - (Waltz in Black,Valley of the Birds, Daddy's Riding the Range, Golden Brown, No More Heroes) - Label to be inserted

1999 - Liquid Sunshine - Keziah Jones - (Hello Heavenly, Runaway, Teardrops Will Fall) - Delabel

2000 - OVO (The soundtrack for the Millennium Dome Show of Cirque du Soleil) - Peter Gabriel - (Low Light, The Time of the Turning, The Weaver's Reel, Downside Up, The Nest that Sailed the Sky) - Real World Records

2003 - Something Dangerous - Natacha Atlas - (Adam's Lullaby) - Mantra Records


  • British Composer Award nomination (Stage Works, 2012) for DESH
  • Special Mention of the Jury, Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Best Music, 2011) for Room 304
  • Olivier Award (Best Music and Sound Design, 2008) for St Joan
  • ASCAP Award for Brick Lane
  • BAFTA TV Award nomination (Best Original TV Music, 2006) for The Government Inspector
  • Classical BRIT Award nomination (Soundtrack Composer, 2005) for The Merchant of Venice
  • British Composer Award (Multi-Media, 2003) for Speaking in Tunes
  • ASCAP Award for Eyes Wide Shut
  • CFCA Award nomination (Best Original Score, 2000) for Eyes Wide Shut
  • Golden Globe nomination (Best Original Score - Motion Picture, 2000) for Eyes Wide Shut
  • OFCS Award nomination (Best Original Score, 2000) for Eyes Wide Shut


  1. Biography of Pook
  2. Jocelyn Pook at the Internet Movie Database
  3. Untold Things
  4. Jocelyn Pook's homepage at Chester Music
  5. Kubricks Approval Sets Seal on Classical Crossover Success: Pook's Unique Musical Mix International Herald Tribune
  6. Changing Tunes: The Use of Pre-Existing Music in Film by Phil Powrie, Robynn Jeananne Stilwell
  7. Ruhlmann, William. Eyes Wide Shut. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2012-10-22.
  8. Albums of Pook
  9. Caótica Ana.
  10. Jocelyn Pook on her football opera, Ingerland
  11. O'Mahony, John. "Operas about wags? Why not, says the Royal Opera House". The Guardian, 10 June 2010.
  13. Jocelyn Pook at the Internet Movie Database

External links

  • Official website
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