LUKE STYLES COMPOSER

On Macbeth (Glyndebourne/ROH)

Elegantly creepy, defiantly cool” - Bachtrack

“the orchestral writing is crisp and incisive, conjuring up with imagination the successive atmospheres required for the tragedy’s trajectory.” The Guardian

Next Concert: Feb 12th, Wiltshire Music Centre, City of London Sinfonia. Toccata & Fugue. Feb 17th, Village Underground, City of London Sinfonia. Toccata & Fugue.

 

Handspun, commissioned by ROH2 and premiered at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as part of Exposure Dance, Feb 2012.

Luke Styles is a composer prolific in opera, the theatre and instrumental music. Over the last four years Luke’s operas including Macbeth and Tycho’s Dream have been performed at Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Vault Festival. These operas have explored diverse worlds including cabaret, war and science fiction, and allowed him to delve into sensual lyricism, humour, chaos and darkness in his music.


Luke has created dance works for the New Music Biennial (performed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games) and circus works together with long time collaborator, aerialist Ilona Jantti. These works display Luke’s belief in pushing new music into areas where it is not usually encountered. Handspun, a contemporary circus work, continues to tour throughout Europe.


In 2014 Luke was signed by IMG Artists following his time as the first Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence (2011-2014). Luke continued his creative partnerships with organisations in 2015 as composer in residence at the Foundling Museum, the first composer to occupy the position since Handel.


Collaborations are central to Luke’s work and this has led to new works with conductors and soloists Vladimir Jurowski and David Pyatt and ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


Luke is a former student of Wolfgang Rihm, George Benjamin and Detlev Muller-Siemens. Read more HERE.


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Sinfonietta and Anthem


Over the last few weeks two new pieces of mine have been premiered and with that a 10 month residency has come to its conclusion.


The first new piece was A Shot At The Stars commissioned by the London Sinfonietta and performed by horn player Mike Thompson. The performance was bright and early at 9am at Kings Place, London, and to my surprise there was a big eager crowd ready for new music (and some coffee and pastries). The performance went well and I am now thinking of developing it into a larger work, possibly a horn concerto or an ensemble piece which will feature the horn section.


This week saw the premiere of my Foundling Museum Anthem, 260 years after the premiere of Handel’s own Foundling Hospital Anthem. My work was composed during my 10 month residency at the museum and was performed by members of La Nuova Musica (pictured above), electronics and year 3 students from Argyle Primary School. I conceived the piece as a promenade performance that unfolded over the entire museum with each movement reflecting something of the history, artefacts or artwork that is in each room. I was very pleased with the premiere and thought the young people in particular did an amazing job in learning my music and singing it with such energy and enthusiasm. Working with young people is something I firmly believe is part of a composer job and I hope to continue to work with inspiring young people, who bring out a whole new side of creativity in me, throughout my career.


Tomorrow I am off to rehearse with the City of London Sinfonia, on my new orchestral piece the premiere of which will take place on teh 12th of Feb at the Wiltshire Music Centre ahead of a London performance on the 17th of Feb at the Villiage Underground. See you there!

Purchase: The Girls Who Wished to Marry the Stars from NMC, Here.

Interminable Prelude(2006). Cello Trio

Tycho’s Dream was shortlisted for a 2015 British Composers Award.

To get in touch please contact my agent at IMG. Bridget Canniere.

bcanniere@imgartists.com