“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:

Slogan1 (Ensemble Amorpha), Pragma (Juice), In Darker Hours (Juice). April 1st, 19:30. The Forge London.


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.


Unborn In America (Performances)

So we did it! Unborn In America made it to the stage and premiered on the 28th of Jan 2015 (with 4 subsequent performances). It was amazing to see a production through from its infancy as an idea from librettist/director Peter Cant back in 2011, through to a fully staged performance at an amazingly vibrant multi-arts festival, The Vaults Festival Waterloo.

When we entered the performance space in the last week of Jan, it was a bit of a shock, as we went from a comfortable rehearsal venue to a dusty disused tunnel. Very atmospheric but not great for singing. With some soft lighting though and a full house none of that mattered and we had before us our very own underworld cabaret bar “The Petri Dish”.

Conducting the performances was great fun, reacting off singers, musicians and the audience every night. We had moments of unexpected rapturous laughter, and moments of silence from the audience, where as conductor and composer it was difficult to tell how the work was being received.

Well, we certainly divided the critical option and provoked a range of disgust and enthusiasm:

The Financial Times – Hannah Nepil

“aggressively trendy.”

Postcard from the Gods – Andrew Haydon

“it’s more like a double length episode of South Park, but done as contemporary opera”

The Independent – Michael Church

“…the little band under composer-conductor Luke Styles’s direction reinforces the impression, establishing an anarchic tone in which the influences of Alban Berg and Kurt Weill fuse merrily.”

The New Current - Jello Biafra

“Unborn In America is brave in its scope and takes a chance. Librettist / director Peter Cant and composer / conductor Luke Styles don’t short change their audience and present a show that is gutsy and pinged with political rhetoric without being preachy.”

TimeOut – Jonathan Lennie

“…an assault by a confident agitprop theatre company…”

Fringe Opera - Francesca Wickers

“This is opera at its most provocative.”

Looking ahead Unborn In America will certainly have a future life (stay tuned for details) and having composed and produced an opera with an exceptional creative team and performers it’s good to know that work can be made both inside and outside of institutions that can engage with the public and carve out new identities for opera.

Now what? Well, this week I begin a new 10 month residency (thanks to the Leverhulm Trust) at the Foundling Museum. I’ll be back here soon to talk all about it.

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

Chasing The Nose (2012). Commissioned by PRSF for Emulsion premiered Ensemble Amorpha. and Tangent.