Newsfeed: 6 Oct 2011


Lukes Styles, a composition and musicianship teacher at Junior Trinity (part of Trinity Laban Music), has been appointed as Young Composer in Residence at Glyndebourne. Also Artistic Director of Ensemble Amorpha, Luke, aged 28, was selected from 68 applicants and a strong final shortlist by musical heavyweights Vladimir Jurowski, Andrew Davis and Jonathan Dove.

The General Director of Glyndebourne, David Pickard, said: "Luke is one of this country's most exciting young composers and his particular interest in opera and music theatre, as well as his natural flair in writing for voices, make him ideally suited to this position. Glyndebourne has a long standing reputation for encouraging and developing young artists and this role will allow Luke to develop his skills as an operatic composer by immersing himself in our work, learning more about the creation of opera productions, and undertaking a number of small scale commissions for the company."

Ensemble Amorpha


Saxophonist Gerard McChrystal is releasing a new album, Aria, this week (10 October) featuring the Trinity Laban String Ensemble. David Mellor is a big fan and has just chosen Aria as his Connoisseurs Choice on The New CD Show next week (15 October  6 - 7pm). Aria is also CD of the week by RTE Lyric FM in November.

Baroque music blends seamlessly with contemporary; Handel resolves into Michael Nyman, Debussy's Syrinx morphs into Ravel's Piece en forme de habanera. Other works include Philip Glass Façades, Faure Les Berceaux, Bozza Aria, as well as original works by Billy Cowie, Karen Tanaka, Andy Scott and Michael McGlynn.

Joe Townsend, Trinity Laban lecturer, is releasing an album, Mercy and Grand, in Bristol on 27 October in collaboration with Gavin Bryars' circus band', brings together ten songs by Tom Waits, two by Kurt Weill, a sea shanty, a hymn, a couple of instrumental gypsy tangos and a classic Fellini film score. With mezzo-soprano Jessica Walker at the centre, Waits's and Brennan's songs of love, heartbreak and intoxication are revealed in all their strange beauty.

The group features at the Spitalfields Winter Festival on 13 December.

Spitalfields Music - Insight: Mercy & Grand: The Tom Waits Project - Winter Festival 2011

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