Festival of Summer Voices

The Avant Garde of Choral Music with Jane Sheldon and Luke Styles

Collaborating with composer Luke Styles and Soprano Jane Sheldon on a brand new work for choir and soloist. This work will be the start (1st movement) of a vocal concerto utilizing a range of extended vocal techniques and traditional singing, exploring themes around astronomy in different cultures and story-telling of the stars. Participants will experiment with different vocal sounds and singing to help shape the work and develop it’s sound world, together with Luke and Jane. The end of the elective will see the World Premiere of the beginning of this new work, something special that can only ever happen once.


Luke Styles is a composer, published by G.Schirmer/Music Sales. Luke was the first Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence, represented by IMG Artists and the first composer in residence at the Foundling Museum since Handel. Luke’s operas have been performed on the famous Glyndebourne main stage, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski. Luke has recently completed his first Australian opera Ned Kelly which premiered to critical acclaim at the 2019 Perth Festival. Most recently Luke’s song cycle On Bunyah, written for Mark Padmore and the Britten Sinfonia setting poetry by Les Murray, premiered at the Wigmore Hall, London followed by an Australian premiere at the Coriole Music Festival “Styles’s On Bunyah is magnificent and just like the poem is raw, not polite.” – The Australian. Luke is currently working on a new Oboe Concerto for 5 chamber orchestras in Australia, UK, Germany and Spain as well as new dance works in Finland, operas in the UK and USA and orchestral works for Australian and British orchestras.