Josephine Stephenson is a Franco-British composer and performer based in London. Described as “music to arrest the ears and stop the heart” by The Times in 2017, her music has been commissioned by the BBC, Radio France, Spitalfields Music, l’Arcal, Miroirs Étendus, Nonclassical, The Wigmore Hall, London Sinfonietta and Britten Sinfonia among others, and is regularly performed across the UK and Europe. It has been broadcast on France Musique, BBC Radio.3 and 6 Music, Resonance FM, and appeared on television channels BBC Two and Four.
Josephine frequently collaborates with theatre companies and filmmakers, having won ‘Best Composer’ at Underwire Festival 2015, and has worked as assistant for film composers Dario Marianelli and Benjamin Wallfisch. She also enjoys working as an arranger for songwriters and bands (Daughter, Evergreen) as well as for projects from the Berlin-based ensemble s t a r g a z e (David Bowie Prom in 2016, concerts with Lisa Hannigan in 2018). She is one of the three artistic directors of the London-based concert series and record label Listenpony, which mixes contemporary classical music with traditional classical music and popular styles, and a member of the arranger-performer collective The Coveryard.
As a singer she can be found in the soprano section of some of the UK’s leading choirs (Tenebrae, Exaudi, London Contemporary Orchestra Choir), in the vocal ensemble SHARDS and as a soloist in a wide variety of projects (Philip Glass’s Music in Twelve Parts led by James McVinnie at the Barbican in 2017, Tom Phillips’s opera IRMA with Apartment House in 2017, Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel with the LCO in 2016, records by Jon Hopkins, Hayden Thorpe, Ex:Re).