“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: 10th December, 6:30pm. Parallax of Mars. BFI, London Sinfonietta.


Listen to How They Creep, performed by the LPO and Glyndebourne. Recording courtesy of Glyndebourne, recorded as part of the Vixen Composition Project.

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.


Post Glyndebourne. Glyndebourne continued.

It has been an absolute thrill and honour to have been the young composer in residence at Glyndebourne for the last three years. I have had the incredible opportunity to work with world-class singers and musicians including Vladimir Jurowski, the LPO and the OAE, plus the fantastic singers of the Glyndebourne Chorus and Glyndebourne Youth Opera.

The work I undertook at Glyndebourne during the last three years has produced three operas, with a further commissioning of a fourth opera for the 2015 Festival. I also had the chance to create new chamber music focusing on the voice. This came in the form of Vanity, a piece for the ladies of the chorus, a tenor, baritone and violin, plus a song How They Creep, for two voices and four instruments. I was also lucky enough to have an existing work of mine programmed at the start of the last three festivals as an intermit chamber music concert, these pieces were a string quartet and my Spring Song Cycle, which featured the amazing soprano Anna Raja and horn soloist David Pyatt.

This operatic ride is not quite over yet! I still have the pleasure of being part of the Glyndebourne family as rehearsals are currently underway on my sci-fi youth opera, Tycho’s Dream, spanning 1500 years and 238,900 miles. The other big project for Glyndebourne is my chamber opera of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. I have been developing this work together with the librettist/director Ted Huffman through a number of workshops with singers at Glyndebourne. I am about half way through the piece and will be working on this probably up until May 2015, ahead of it’s premiere at Glyndebourne on the 25th of August 2015.

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