New Music Biennial Event “The Vestry Boy” By Coby Sey

Sunday 24th April

South East London musical polymath Coby Sey joins forces with the London Contemporary Orchestra to present a radical new work, building on their first collaboration at the Purcell Sessions in December.


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.

For the New Music Biennial 2022, Coby is creating an entirely acoustic new 15 minute work in collaboration with members of the London Contemporary Orchestra – a radical departure for a musician and producer most known for his electronic work. Building on his recent Purcell Room performance with the LCO, Coby will both impart knowledge and learn from his collaborators to enter into new musical territories, while introducing his and the wider audience to abroad array of musical influences rarely heard together.

Image credit: Serious

New Music Biennial is a PRS Foundation and Southbank Centre initiative. Presented in partnership with Coventry UK City of Culture, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings with support from Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.