Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence 2015-2017


Glyndebourne’s Young Composer in Residence is a part-time residency for an emerging composer. In January 2015 our next young composer will begin their new residency, and during the next three years they will have a range of opportunities to:

  • immerse themselves in the work of an opera house
  • investigate different approaches to the creation of new opera and music theatre through engagement with the historical forms of opera
  • observe the development of the creation of new work
  • involve themselves in the broader artistic, learning and audience development activities of a professional opera company
  • create new work in opera and music theatre through a number of projects, through development workshops and/or performance
  • have the opportunity to go and see new work

Luke Styles

From 2012 - 2014 Australian composer Luke Styles was Glyndebourne’s Young Composer in Residence. During this time he composed a variety of works, and contributed entries to his blog ‘Resident Styles’.

During his residency Luke was given the opportunity to create quite a few works which were also performed:

Tycho’s Dream: An hour long stage work for Glyndebourne Youth Opera

Vanity: A piece for violin, solo tenor, bass and female choir called Vanity performed during the 2013 Festival

Wakening Shadow: An hour long chamber opera born out of three of Britten’s Canticles (Abraham and Isaac, Journey of the Magi, The Death of Saint Narcissus). These Britten Canticles were orchestrated for large ensemble and contextualised with new music. Gallery of Images

Lovers Walk: A piece for young singers (from Glyndebourne Youth Opera and Glyndebourne Young Voices Youth Company), imagining four sets of couples from different points in history and facing different challenges but linked by a common setting – a municipal park.

Luke also led a composition project for Glyndebourne’s Education department in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 12 students from East Sussex Academy of Music in Lewes and Bishop Thomas Grant School in Lambeth, created work for their Music A2 Level exams, inspired by the new production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in the Glyndebourne Festival 2012.  

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