Graduate composer receives BBC NOW premiere

Graduate composer Luke Lewis’s orchestral work over us the shifting rafters will be premiered next week as part of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s annual concert of works by Welsh composers. The work is based on a line from the R. S. Thomas poem ‘The Tramp’. Conducted by Jac van Steen, the concert is given in Cardiff on Tuesday 25 March at 19.00.

Born in Pembrokeshire, Luke Lewis is a doctoral student in composition at Oxford (Christ Church). He is this year a visiting student at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, studying under Hans Abrahamsen.

Other recent news of Luke’s work includes:

– as part of the Young Composers’ Meeting in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, he was commissioned to write a work for Orkest de Ereprijs under conductor Rob Vermeulen. The text is taken from one the Oxford lectures by Geoffrey Hill as Professor of Poetry: ‘C-L-A-S-S. I mean, the whole notion of class is really, they tell me, defunct. So, I thought I would spell it.’

– his work from 2012 …and all watched over by machines of loving grace – which was first workshopped in Oxford by the New Music Players and subsequently played by Ensemble Isis – opened the Pulsar Festival 2014 in Copenhagen. A festival devoted to contemporary music, the piece was performed by the Athelas Sinfonietta under French conductor Pascal Rophé. Later in the evening an electroacoustic piece by Luke, get carter, was heard in the festival’s electronic concert.

– his next premiere is a piece for the Esbjerg Ensemble on 4 April in … Esbjerg.