Leo Chadburn

Leo Chadburn is a composer and performer whose unpredictable, wide-ranging work includes music for ensembles, solo performances that merge his voice with electronic music, and music for artists’ film and installation art. It has been broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6 Music, Resonance FM and internationally.

He is also known as Simon Bookish, under which guise he has released a trilogy of albums of “avant pop” and numerous remixes for international artists (including Owen Pallett, Grizzly Bear, Seb Rochford, and Serafina Steer).

His work in the last decade has been preoccupied with the ideas of found text and the musicality of speaking voices. These include Five Loops for the Bathyscaphe (2017) for the Britten Sinfonia, Anticlock (2019) for Decibel, and The Subject / The Object (2020), a 40-minute drone and stream-of-consciousness piece for his own voice.

He won a 2016 British Composer Award (The Ivors Composer Awards) for his piece Freezywater, written for Apartment House, and was nominated for a second award the following year for Affix Stamp Here written for the vocal ensemble Exaudi.

His extensive collaborative work with visual artists includes Jennet Thomas’ film The Unspeakable Freedom Device (2015), Richard Grayson’s five-screen video installation Nothing Can Stop Us Now (2014) and Cerith Wyn Evans’ performance work Imagination Dead Imagine (2013), for spaces including Matt’s Gallery, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Serpentine Gallery, and the V&A.


Leo Chadburn

Leicester (England, UK), 1978

  • Composer

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Past concerts

12 Marc 2019
8:00 pm
In person
London (England, UK)
25 Nove 2014
11:00 am
In person Residency
Huddersfield (England, UK)
17 June 2014
8:00 pm
Série QB
In person Residency
Montréal (Québec)