‘The capital’s most adventurous and ambitious festival of new music’
The Guardian

‘London’s most important festival’

‘Vastly ambitious and massively popular’
The Daily Telegraph

This year the London Contemporary Music Festival (LCMF) celebrates its 10th anniversary in two parts. First we head to Hôtel du Couvent, Nice, for a two-day summer jamboree on the French riviera on 5 & 6 July. Then we return to London for the main festival at Hackney Church, 11-14 December, which will be presented alongside several satellite events. Full programme to come.

LCMF was founded in 2013 to provide a home for the promiscuous music lover. Since then we’ve presented nine critically-acclaimed multidisciplinary festivals and premiered over 100 works. Artists who we have commissioned and hosted, or whose works we’ve premiered, include: Cosey Fanni Tutti, Julius Eastman, Cerith Wyn Evans, Roscoe Mitchell, Pauline Oliveros, Mica Levi, Lina Lapelyte, Tony Conrad, Klein, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jennifer Walshe, Yvonne Rainer, Charlemagne Palestine, Elaine Mitchener, Rebecca Saunders, Glenn Branca, Moor Mother, Ed Atkins, Annea Lockwood, John Giorno, Laraaji, Timothy Morton, Bhanu Kapil, Toby Jones, Nkisi, Gábor Lázár, Maryanne Amacher, Cassandra Miller, CA Conrad, Christian Marclay, Joan La Barbara, Fatima Al Qadiri, Morton Subotnick, Maggie Nicols, Gerald Barry, Katalin Ladik, Rashad Becker, Tyshawn Sorey, James Ferraro, Anne Bean, Ragnar Kjartansson, Pan Daijing, Robert Ashley, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sophia Al-Maria, Michael Finnissy, Mark Leckey. 

In 2016 we curated the world’s first retrospective dedicated to the work of composer Julius Eastman. In 2018 we founded the LCMF Orchestra, dedicated to commissioning work by composers who’d never written for the orchestra before, to those whose work rarely gets heard in Britain and to ambitious, spatialised orchestral pieces. 

(Complete artist/performer archive here.)

LCMF is currently run by writer/curator Igor Toronyi-Lalic and composer/conductor Jack Sheen. In 2021 we became a charity (no. 1193409). Our board of trustees are:

Richard Wyatt (chair)
Selvi May Akyildiz
Valéry Grégo
Elaine Mitchener

Igor Toronyi-Lalic

 LCMF 2022 was the ninth festival in nine years, following editions in 2013, 2014, 2015, 20172018, 2019 and the world's first retrospectives of the composers Julius Eastman and Bernard Parmegiani. In 2020, in association with Whitechapel Gallery, we presented a night of performances online by Elaine Mitchener, Himali Singh Soin, Christopher Kirubi, Oliver Leith and Elvin Brandhi. In 2021, in association with Cabinet Gallery, we presented a complete reading of Ed Atkins’s novel Old Food (Fitzcarraldo), narrated by Toby Jones, at the Wigmore Hall.

For press, advertising and sponsorship enquiries, contact: lcmf@lcmf.co.uk

Special thanks to artist Emily Tilzey for designing the LCMF logo