Welcome to the website of Scottish composer, Lewis Murphy
“The toast of British Opera” – Kate Molleson (The Herald)
Born in Glasgow, Lewis began his training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (BMus), where he studied with Gareth Williams, Rory Boyle and Oliver Searle. After graduating with first class honours, he moved to London to continue his studies with Mark-Anthony Turnage at the Royal College of Music (MMus). For the last three years, Lewis has been working at Glyndebourne as their Young Composer-in-Residence (2015-17), a position that has allowed him to further develop his approach to vocal writing and musical dramatisation, as well as immerse himself in the activities of an international opera house.
“Murphy’s fluid, lyrical score uses baroque techniques, but there’s an air, too, of Tudor lute music, folding and unfolding in endless cadence” (Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian)
Lewis’ music has been performed in the UK and abroad by such highly-esteemed ensembles and soloists as the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Red Note Ensemble, Ensemble l’Itinéraire, Orkest de Ereprijs and Richard Craig. Recent successes include the world premieres of ‘First Date’, a short ‘pop-up’ opera for Sound Festival in Aberdeen (nominated for a Scottish Award for New Music 2018), and ‘Belongings’, a 50-minute youth opera composed for Glyndebourne Youth Opera, which was performed on the main stage at Glyndebourne in November 2017 to great acclaim. In early 2017, Lewis’ contribution to the inaugural production by new London-based opera company, TheOperaStory – ‘Snow: Act 1, The Three Ravens‘ – was praised by the press for its ‘subtle and delicate beauty‘ (thestage.co.uk) and ‘magical textures‘ (planethugill.com).. His latest work, ‘Then to the Elements’ – composed for Scottish Opera’s youth group, Connect, is currently in production and will be performed in Glasgow in April 2018.
“Murphy’s music seemed well-developed and articulate; beautiful swelling sounds from piano and strings, shot through with sparkling bells.” (Charlotte Varlori, Bachtrack)
‘Belongings’, ‘First Date’ and ‘Then to the Elements’ were all composed in collaboration with London-based writer/director Laura Attridge. Since meeting at the Royal College of Music in 2013, Lewis and Laura have collaborated on numerous projects, including ‘Now’ (2014), a short one-act opera for Hogarth’s Stages at the RCM, and ‘Damsel/Wife/Witch’ (2015), an interdisciplinary theatre piece that explored and challenged gender stereotypes through fairytales.
As an arranger, Lewis has worked with singer-songwriter, Crawford MacInally-Kier, pop groups Fatherson and Brown Bear and the Bandits, as well as making arrangements for his own band, Scarlet Shift.