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: July 24th, Bodice and Ribbons, Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival, Australia


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.


Boughton, Stradbroke, Glasgow

The last few weeks has seen the completion of one project, a performance on the island continent and preparations for the first intensive week work on a new opera. To start with, the project that was completed was my dance work Passacaille which premiered at Boughton House. The piece was performed in the luscious great hall of Boughton House and the baroque dancers of Les Corps Eloquents seemed to emerge from the within the baroque architecture to perform in very much a contemporary aesthetic but encased in a baroque stylistic shell. I think I did something similar in my music, at least that was the aim and the french musicians from Les Arts Florissants, counter-tenor James Laing, certainly made it possible to create what I have been referring to in a couple of my works now, as my Neo-Baroque music.

I wish I could have flown to Australia to be part of the performances of my quintet Bodice and Ribbons at the Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival. The place looks picturesque, the kind of island you see in tropical paradise pamphlets, yet for the festival time the place seems to be full of chamber music enthusiasts and top musicians. Fortunately enough I could tune into the broadcast of the piece on ABC Radio, which is still avaliable to listen to again online, HERE.

In my last blog I mentioned having been awarded the PRS Composers Fund, to start development work on a new opera. Well part of this fund will allow me to spend a couple of weeks in Glasgow working with the librettist Alan McKendrick on the work. The first of these week is next week and I am packing my bags full of scores, books and DVDs for us to hash through and try and develop a scenario for the opera. We have the concept and quite a number of character and musical ideas, but now we need the all important frame work to start hanging these things on. I reckon we can start to crack it. I’ll report back on our progress soon.

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

Interminable Prelude(2006). Cello Trio

Macbeth premiered in 2015 at Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

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