'Curry's score composes itself in front of your ears, generating a bespoke algorithmic soundtrack that outstrips anything avant-garde composers like Cage or Stockhausen could do with modular composition.' BBC Music Magazine (Tom Service)
Jessica Curry is an internationally acclaimed BAFTA-winning composer of contemporary classical music and is also co-founder of renowned games company The Chinese Room. Her work has been performed in diverse and high-profile venues such as The Old Vic Tunnels, The Barbican, Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Wellcome Trust, MOMI New York, The Royal Opera House, Sage Gateshead and Durham Cathedral. The Washington Post have described her music as “stupendous” and The Guardian praised her “gorgeous orchestral score” for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. The Rapture score has been voted in to the Classic FM Hall of Fame for several years.
Jessica's music has had extensive airplay on Radio 3 and Classic FM, as well as on radio stations and in concert halls around the world.
She wrote the music for the genre-defying Dear Esther, which won awards for Best Audio at the TIGA’s, a GANG award and nominations for Best Audio at the BAFTAs. The music went on a worldwide orchestral tour as part of 'Replay: Symphony of Heroes'. The sold-out Dear Esther Live, where the game is played real-time alongside musicians and BAFTA nominated actor Oliver Dimsdale, premiered at The Barbican to great acclaim, went on a national tour of the country's finest concert halls and then toured internationally.
In 2017 Jessica wrote the music for Google Daydream game So Let Us Melt, described as "easily one of the best classical releases of 2017, and one of the best game soundtracks of the year too."
In late 2018 she was commissioned by The Royal Shakespeare Company and Magic Leap to work on The Seven Ages of Man, a mind-bending, beautiful AR experience which was selected for Sundance Film Festival 2019 as part of their New Frontier programme.
Her BAFTA winning music for acclaimed PS4 title Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture was named soundtrack of the year by MOJO magazine and sat in the Top 10 of both the Official and ClassicFM charts for several weeks. The score won Best Score at the Emotional Games Awards, won four GANG awards in San Francisco, and the game won Best Audio and Best Performer as well as Best Music at the BAFTAs 2016.
Jessica is also well-known as a radio presenter. On Classic FM she presented 'High Score', a Saturday night show about video game music. The show had an astounding response and was the most listened to show on catch-up in the history of the station. Her music was sung at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2018 as part of an evening of Sony Playstation soundtracks and she also hosted the evening. From 2019 she has curated and presented several series of 'Sound of Gaming', BBC Radio 3's video game music show.
For 2018-19 Jessica was Composer-in-Residence to the London Oriana Choir, writing three works for them. In July 2019, her PRS Foundation New Music Biennial commission, She Who, was premiered by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in London’s Southbank and Hull. It was later released on NMC Records.
The recipient of a PRSF Women Make Music grant, Jessica's large scale choral and brass band work, The Durham Hymns, (a collaboration with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy) premiered at Durham Cathedral.
Jessica was awarded the Outstanding Contribution award at Women in Games in 2018. She was also a finalist in the Hospital Club awards in the Games and Creative Industry categories 2017.
She is published by Faber Music Ltd.
- 01. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture - A Beautiful Morning
- 02. A Machine for Pigs - Mandus
- 03. Dear Esther - I Have Begun my Ascent
- 04. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture - For Ever
- 05. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture - All The Earth
- 06. So Let Us Melt - Counting the Atmospheres.mp3
- 07. So Let Us Melt - Our First Singing
- 08. Dear Esther - This Godforsaken Aerial
- 09. Dear Esther - Standing Stones
- 10. So Let Us Melt - Great Friends