Young Composer-in-Residence

Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in-Residence is a part-time residency for an emerging composer. Over three years the Young Composer-in-Residence has 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

In 2018 – 19 a new scheme is running in its place: Balancing the Score, a development scheme exclusively for female composers. Find out more here.


Lewis Murphy, Young Composer-in-Residence 2015 – 2017

Scottish composer Lewis Murphy joined us as Young Composer-in-Residence in 2015. Work included Belongings, a piece for GYO 1 & 2 performed on the mainstage at Glyndebourne in November 2017.

August 2016 saw the première of A Garden Dream, a flash mob style piece performed in the interval of the first three Festival performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Working alongside renowned music director Howard Moody and innovative director Daisy Evans, this exciting piece brought the excitement and magic off stage and into the Glyndebourne gardens. You can watch the pieces online here.

2017 saw the world premiere on the Glyndebourne main stage of Lewis’s new youth opera Belongings, exploring the experiences of young people forced by war to flee their homes. Cast included young performers from Glyndebourne Youth Opera supported by three professional singers and chamber ensemble.

Luke Styles, Young Composer-in-Residence 2013 – 2015

From 2011-2014 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 that were also performed:

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

Vanity: 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.

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

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.