“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: July 4th 21:45. Chasing the Nose. Cheltenham Festival


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.


New Chamber Music

Over the last few months I have been busy with a couple of different projects. Firstly I have finished Macbeth (Glyndebourne/ROH), the vocal score is printed and the full score is awaiting my final edits. I’m going to wait till after the first few music rehearsals before creating a final final full score of the opera, just to take that last chance to make changes to the work once I hear the full cast work through it. Macbeth goes into rehearsals in the last week of June and opens at Glyndebourne on the 25th of August. I’m going to be part of the rehearsal process which I’m bursting at the seams about. This really is the most thrilling part of the process, seeing my work embodied by singers and come to life on the stage. I will be working closely with conductor Jeremy Bines and director Ted Huffman throughout the rehearsl process feeding into all aspects of the shows production.

Over the last few weeks I have been working on a commission from the Inventi Ensemble in Australia for a concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre in August. The new work, Bodice and Ribbons, is for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello and it’s great after having just finished a 75min opera for large cast and orchestra to compose a 10min quintet. This really gives me a chance to focus my musical ideas into a short purely musical form, to see what it is I what to say with music. These considerations are quite different from the balance of text and drama that are such massive considerations in opera and I’ve been fortunate enough to have small chamber music commissions regualrly inbetween each of my operas as a way of touching base on my purely musical thinking (although everything is theatre really).

Things are going well at the Foundling Museum where I am currently their composer in residence. I have been working on the idea of composing a new Foundling Anthem. I have taken trips to the London Metropolitan Archives where I’ve been looking at letters and petitions from foundling mothers from the 18th century. These have been good sources of text for my anthem. I have also been looking at some 18th century legislation, such as the gin act and the foundling hospital royal charter. Both of these documents have some very peculiary antiquated turns of phrase and interesting legalese, which I think will work very well in the recit sections of the piece. The whole work will tell a broad story of the foundling hospital and museum, the details are still emerging but it is gradually taking shape.

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

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