“An explosion of dynamic variation, energy and exciting harmonies... Styles embroiders the verse like an illuminated tapestry in sound”. Classical Source, May 2013 on the premiere of Vanity.

Next Concert: 29th May 18:00. At a Bench, Inventi Ensemble. Metanoia, Sydney


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

Luke Styles is a UK based composer and represented by IMG Artists. He was the first Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence  (2011-2014) and has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Luke’s music is played around the world with his work Handspun currently taking in London, Finland, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Panama City.

Luke is a former student of Wolfgang Rihm, George Benjamin and Detlev Muller-Siemens. His work encompases all forms and he is particularly drawn to collaborations of a theatrical nature. Read more HERE.


Foundling Museum Residency

So in mid February I took up a new position as Composer In Residence at the Foundling Museum in London. This is a fascinating place with its origins in 18th Century philanthropy. The museum has evolved out of what was the Foundling Hospital (now the Coram charity) and houses a range of art works and the Gerald Coke Handel collection. What I find so intriguing is that both Hogarth and Handel were so closely associated with the hospital, raising funds, donating money and their works to the hospital. Now in the form of the museum these works are on displace or accessible on the site. The Gerald Coke Handel collection especially has everything you would ever need to research the work and life of Handel and this is proving to be a huge inspiration to my work.

So far at the museum I have been looking at Hogarth’s The March of the Guards to Finchley, which hangs in the museum, using this as a link to the Jacobite rebellion and theories that Handel’s operas were smuggling secret messages in Italian into Britain to help the Jacobite cause. I’ve found lots of interesting text from the 18th Century relating to the hospital, Handel, Hogarth, the Jacobites as well as poems by the mothers of foundlings. All of this will find its way into a new work that I will create for the museum. At the moment my main idea is to create a new Foundling Anthem. Handel did this during his association with the hospital so it would be a perfect oportunity for me to give the organisation a 21st Century version.

Alongside my time at the Foundling Museum, I have been down in Glyndebourne for the final workshop on my new chamber opera of Macbeth. The piece is in a first draft stage currently and I am working hard to finish and orchestrate the piece. In June we begin rehearsals for the premiere at the end of August, so it’s not long to go now.

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

Slogan 1 (2009). Violin and Viola. Premiered by Ensemble Amorpha.