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Filthy Lucre creates live events and media, drawing together different genres of music, art, dance, film, poetry and more. Each project is built around a core theme and centred on performances by world-class musicians. Filthy Lucre invites many artistic voices to speak in their own language, finding parallels and distinctions between them. For audiences, these projects are a feast for the senses and the intellect.


Founded in 2011, Filthy Lucre has worked with renowned performers such as classical singers Lore Lixenberg and Juliet Fraser, violinist Aisha Orazbayeva, percussionist George Barton, pop singer Love Ssega and spoken word artists Steez. Orchestral projects have consistently comprised players from some of the world’s finest orchestras and jazz ensembles. Regular collaborators such as filmmaker Paul Vernon and composer/arranger Emma-Jean Thackray have gone on to win international awards and recognition for their work, as have many of the composers and artists commissioned for Filthy Lucre events. Projects have included exhibitions at galleries such as Somerset House and Heong Gallery and workshops with artists such as Jacob Kirkegaard.


Joseph Bates
Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Anthony Friend

Co-Founder and Trustee

William Cole

Music Director

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