Born in Glasgow, Lewis graduated with first class honours from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before moving to London to continue his studies at the Royal College of Music with Mark-Anthony Turnage. In 2015 he received the degree of MMus in composition with distinction, and he is now furthering his development at Glyndebourne Opera, where he is proud to be Young Composer-in-Residence.
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. Recent engagements include a piece for Glyndebourne Youth Opera – ‘A Garden Dream‘ – which was inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and performed alongside Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of the play during the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival.
Recent successes include the world premier of ‘Snow’, the inaugural production from new London-based company ‘TheOperaStory‘ to which Lewis contributed the first Act – ‘The Three Ravens’. In February and March 2017 this piece received six sold-out performances at the Bussey Building in Peckham under the baton of Christopher Stark, and was praised for its ‘subtle and delicate beauty’ (thestage.co.uk) and ‘magical textures’ (planethugill.com).
‘Lewis 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)
Ongoing projects include a 50-minute piece for Glyndebourne Youth Opera, which will be performed on the main stage at Glyndebourne in November 2017, and a 15-minute piece for Scottish Opera’s CONNECT company, which will be performed as part of their ten-year anniversary celebrations in 2018. Both pieces are being written in collaboration with London-based writer/director Laura Attridge.
As an arranger, Lewis has worked with pop groups Fatherson and Brown Bear and the Bandits, as well as making arrangements for his own band, Scarlet Shift.