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Coby Sey with LCO

South East London musical polymath Coby Sey joins forces with the London Contemporary Orchestra to present a special programme of Coby’s material old and new, given fresh arrangements for strings, percussion and piano. This performance builds on their first collaboration at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Sessions in December 2021.

Coby Sey is a vocalist, musician and DJ from South East London who offers a shifting, disorienting vision of club music. Coby’s prolific, open-hearted creative presence in London has seen him develop a formidable body of work in recent years, through both his own material and via close collaborations and performances with a host of acclaimed artists including Tirzah, Mica Levi (with whom he features in CURL) and Lafawndah.

Sey's music is reflective of his vast spectrum of influences, yet he remains undeniably uniquely himself; experimenting with live instrumentation and electronic-based productions, melding sounds with introspective lyrics into a dubbed-out anaesthesia. Live, these dreamlike compositions are imbued with a heavy, uneasy dancefloor energy, often abetted by live vocals as well as saxophone interjections c/o regular cohorts Ben Vince and CJ Calderwood.

London Contemporary Orchestra is a leading global orchestral group focused on playing, commissioning and developing new music and artistic output. Alongside working with well-known artists, LCO focus on developing a diverse next generation of players, conductors and composers by creating opportunities for them to work at the highest professional level.

With the support of PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial and Serious’ Giant Steps scheme


Friday 06 May
Arnolfini, 20:00