Glydebourne’s Young Composer in Residence - Lewis Murphy

PUBLISHED: 15:30 13 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:30 13 March 2015

Lewis Murphy

Lewis Murphy


Scottish composer Lewis Murphy, 22, is Glydebourne’s Young Composer in Residence for 2015-2018.

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 continuing his studies in composition 
at the Royal College of Music with Mark Anthony Turnage.

A keen composer for voice, Lewis is currently working on two separate song projects – one with New Zealand baritone Julien van Mellaerts, and another with Laura Attridge and the new London-based arts collective, And So Forth.

Lewis’ music has 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. Competition successes include a high commendation in the 2011 Craig Armstrong Prize and the runner-up position in both the 2012 and 2013 Dinah Wolfe Memorial Prize. His first opera, Now, written in collaboration with Laura Attridge, was premiered in May 2014 at the Britten Theatre in London, as part of the Royal College of Music’s Hogarth’s Stages project (in association with Tete a Tete Opera). Other recent performances include the premiere of his first orchestral piece, One, in November 2014, performed by the East Renfrewshire Schools Symphony Orchestra at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

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.



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