Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

"Leo is fast making a name for himself as one of the great young British conductors to watch". 

James Murphy, CEO, Royal Philharmonic Society 


Leo Geyer is a young composer and conductor with a passion for imaginative, daring and dramatic approaches to music-making, encompassing new work, cross-disciplinary collaborations and reimaginings of existing music. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Constella OperaBallet and Music Director for the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra and works as a guest artist internationally. Leo is also the Senior Music Scholar at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford studying for a doctorate in opera-ballet composition under the supervision of Prof. Robert Saxton.

Aged 19, Leo founded an orchestra which has now grown to become Constella OperaBallet – the world’s only company dedicated to the fusion of opera and ballet. Leo has brought together internationally renowned artists in over 75 critically acclaimed performances across the UK, including radio and television broadcasts. Constella’s most recent project at the Chelsea Flower Show engaged over 1 million people and received national coverage. The company recently launched Connecting Stars which brings life-changing, one-to-one virtual performances for care home residents, providing support for vulnerable people and paid opportunities for performers in these trying times.

Leo Geyer wih EMG Symphony

Leo has received various accolades for composition, having most recently been awarded the Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize. He has received particular acclaim for his stage works, including his opera The Mermaid of Zennor, described by The Times as “imaginative and beautifully shaped”. Leo has fulfilled major commissions, which include works for the European Capital of Culture, Tate St. Ives, Opera North, Rambert Dance Company and BBC Singers. Leo is also establishing a reputation for his "reimaginings," which creatively engage with music of the past to extend its significance for today's audiences. Most notably this has included the addition of a chorus to Elgar's Enigma Variations to provide a possible solution to the "enigma puzzle". 

Leo began his conducting career at the Royal Opera House as a Cover Conductor for The Royal Ballet. Leo now enjoys a busy and diverse portfolio in opera, ballet, theatre and concert music. As well as his current conducting positions, Leo works as a guest conductor collaborating with the English Chamber Orchestra, National Theatre, English National Opera, Ensemble 212 (USA) and AUT (Denmark). He has been described by James Murphy, CEO of the Royal Philharmonic Society as “one of the great young British conductors to watch”.

Leo currently teaches performance and composition at Oxford University. At Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance's Junior Department, Leo conducts the wind orchestra and co-directors the composers' ensemble and teaches composition, academics and musicianship. 


London-born, Leo studied at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music on the Joint Course, graduating with two first class degrees and The Soroptimists International of Manchester Award for Composers/Conductors. As part of his studies, Leo also attended the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts to study conducting with Uroš Lajovic.

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Constella OperaBallet 

For reviews and interviews with Leo, Constella's Founder and Artistic Director, please click here. 

"Pure opera - the holy grail"


"Leo sets out to explore new music but make it accessible to a wide audience."

Suzy Klein, BBC Radio 3 

"Geyer’s skill at dissolving elevated speech into aria, duet and trio set up the ebb and flow of musical tides."

The Times

Leo Geyer with Constella OperaBallet

Spirit of Cornwall

Awarded Silver-Gilt Medal 

For broadcasts and interviews about Leo's music at the Chelsea Flower Show

please click here.

"just divine" 

Joanna Lumley, BBC 2

"a unique creative collaboration" 

The Telegraph


For reviews and interviews about Leo's award-winning opera-ballet Sideshows, please click here

"Geyer's 'Sideshows' is anarchic fairground fun, with an intricate score bristling with darting and sinuous lines."

The Opera Magazine 

"An utter delight"

British Theatre

"Excellent musical mayhem"

The Daily Express

Leo Geyer - Sideshows
Leo Geyer with EMG Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Interviews & Reviews

For interviews with Leo Geyer and reviews of performances, please

click here. 

Interviews include:

- Classic FM 

- BBC Radio 3 In Tune 

- Classical Music Magazine 


Click links below for further information, recordings and sheet music purchasing. 


The Canary Boys

opera-ballet scene



Così fan tutte

reimagined opera


Dido & Belinda

reimagined opera 


Die Fledermaus 

reimagined opera

The Mermaid of Zennor

chamber opera

Mirror Shards

piano, objects & dance 

Much ado about a Buggy

opera-ballet scene

Orchestras of Auschwitz 

chamber opera-ballet

Shadows of Troy

incidental music 


chamber opera-ballet

Spirit of Cornwall

cross-art collaboration


dance & reed trio

Water Hymn 

opera-ballet film

Large Ensemble 


symphony orchestra


Carnival of the Animals

reimagined for

symphony orchestra


Enigma Variations 

reimagined for

symphony orchestra & chorus


Little Star Variations

reimagined for

chamber orchestra

(version also for wind orch.)

Materia Medica 

chamber orchestra

O Brave New World 

self-isolating orchestra & chorus

Rainbow Refractions 

wind orchestra 

Ripple Mirror

violin & strings 

Somewhere in-between

trumpet & orchestra 

Sound Histories 

symphony orchestra & chorus


wind orchestra

Small Ensemble

The Bronze Garden

small ensemble


self-isolating small ensemble


small ensemble

Marquis of Marigold 

guzheng & ensemble 

Movement for Music 

open ensemble 

Moving Figure 

small ensemble 

Orange Moon 

small ensemble 

Winter Frost 

flute choir 


Celestial Images

violin & piano 

The Chase 

2 bassoons & piano

The Deep of Night 

flute, violin & cello


flute quartet


wind quintet


harp trio 

Pear Cider

clarinet & string trio 

Promise of Spring 

clarinet quartet


bassoon quartet

Secrets in the Oak

clarinet, cello & piano 

Sideshows Suite

wind quintet 

Somewhere In-between

trumpet, piano & optional perc.

Victor of the Chase 

bassoon & piano 



reimagined wind quintet 

Yellow on Green

bassoon & harp 

(also version for tenor sax)



baritone, ensemble & electronics

Greta's Alphabet 

open-score a cappella choir 

Ode to Shakespeare's Skull

mezzo-soprano & piano 

Omnes amíci mei

4-part a cappella choir

Sideshows Cycle

mezzo-soprano & ensemble


female vocal trio 

Sea Garden

mezzo-soprano & ensemble 


Water Hymn 

4-part a cappella choir

White Shadows

8-part a cappella choir 


Book of the Underworld 


Endless Night 




In the Moment 




London Portraits




Shell Splinters 



bassoon & electronics 

Stoke Abbott 


Water Boatman

double bass and loop pedal


12th Oct 2019

Catriona McDermid

​Concert inc.

Geyer - Book of the Underworld 

Vortex Jazz Club 

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17th Jan 2020

Magnard Ensemble

Recital inc. 

Geyer Winterreise 

Bridgewater Hall

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12th - 15th

Feb 2020

Shadows of Troy

New Play 

Geyer Incidental Music 

Oxford Playhouse 

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2nd Nov 2019

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor - Geyer 

Shostakovitch - Symphony No. 5

Exeter Cathedral

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17th Nov 2019

Junior Trinity Wind Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer 

Marquez Danzon No.2 

LSO St. Lukes

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19th Nov 2019

Caroline Balding & Dominic Saunders

Henfrey Prize 

Geyer - Celestial Images 

St. Catherine's College, Oxford

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27th - 28th 

Nov 2019

Oxford Contemporary Opera Society

Music Director - Geyer 

New Operas 

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Oxford 

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7th Dec 2019

Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer

Family Concert with Zeb Soanes 

Holy Trinity Church, SW London

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21st Feb 2020 

Junior Trinity Laban Dance Collaboration

Co-Director - Geyer 

Research & Development Showcase 

Tate Modern 

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22nd Feb 2020

English Chamber Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer

Geyer - Premiere of ECO commissioned violin concerto 

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

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7th Mar 2020

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer 

New Works as part of CoMA Festival including Geyer premiere  

Royal Albert Memorial Museum 

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11th Mar 2020

Leo Geyer & Friends

Conductor - Geyer 

All Geyer Programme 

Kings Place 

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29th May 2020

East London Music Group

Geyer - Co-VI-dx19

Virtual Premiere 

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11th July 2020

Junior Trinity Wind Orchestra & Composers Ensemble 

Geyer - Conductor 

Virtual Concert 

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5th Aug 2020

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra 

Conductor - Leo Geyer 

Geyer - O Brave New World 

Virtual Premiere 

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22nd Sep 2020

Leo Geyer

Geyer - Contemporary Opera-Ballet: The Revival of the Forgotten Form

5th Cambridge AHRC DTP International Conference 2020

Theme: Form and Forgetting

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7th Oct 2020

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra 

Leo Geyer gives virtual Composition workshop

Hosted by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum 

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21st Oct 2020

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra 

Leo Geyer gives virtual Composition workshop

Hosted by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum 

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8th - 31st Dec  2020

Constella OperaBallet

Christmas Gala conducted by Geyer 

Programme includes Nutcracker, Sideshows and Handel's Messiah.

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16th Dec  2020

Leo Geyer & Friends 

Virtual workshop and performance of Handel's Messiah.

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2019 - 2020 Season



With support from Arts Council England, Leo Geyer has published his entire composition catalogue. Following a launch concert at Kings Place in March 2020, all of Leo's music is now available to purchase and hire. 

Leo's catalogue includes 70 titles encompassing solo works to full opera-ballet productions and compositions for professional, amateur and student musicians. 


Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

Leo Geyer

composer | conductor


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