Glyndebourne unveils new Young Composer in Residence

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Glyndebourne has announced that the Scottish composer Lewis Murphy will become its new Young Composer in Residence in January 2015.

The Young Composer in Residence scheme offers an emerging composer under the age of 30 the chance to spend three years immersed in the work of Glyndebourne. During that time they are able to observe the creation of new opera, involve themselves in Glyndebourne’s broader artistic, learning and audience development activities and create their own new work. The programme is part of Glyndebourne’s long standing commitment to supporting and developing young artists.

Having recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with First Class Honours, Lewis, 22, is now continuing his studies in composition at the Royal College of Music with Mark Anthony Turnage.

His compositions have been performed in the UK and abroad by such highly esteemed ensembles and soloists as Red Note Ensemble, Ensemble l’Itinéraire, Orkest de Ereprijs and Richard Craig. His first opera, Now, written in collaboration with Laura Attridge, premiered in London in May 2014 as part of the Royal College of Music’s Hogarth’s Stages project with Tête à Tête Opera.

Lewis Murphy, Glyndebourne’s new Young Composer in Residence, said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to the role of Glyndebourne’s Young Composer in Residence. It’s a fantastic opportunity to work closely with singers to explore my interest in writing for the voice and further develop my own musical style. Composing Now gave me an insight into the collaborative nature of staging an opera and I’m looking forward to learning more about that process from an opera house of such renowned quality as Glyndebourne.”

David Pickard, General Director of Glyndebourne, said: “Lewis’s appointment to this role is recognition of the great potential we believe he shows. The Young Composer in Residence programme offers an invaluable learning experience which we think Lewis, with his flair for vocal writing and interest in composing for the stage, could gain a huge amount from. I congratulate him on his success in being chosen from a strong field of over 50 applicants, and look forward to hearing the work he will create.”

Lewis succeeds Luke Styles who was Young Composer in Residence from 2011 until 2014 and has recently signed with IMG Artists. Luke’s final composition for Glyndebourne, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, will be performed in the Jerwood Studio at the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival.