About Luke

About Luke

Luke is a drummer and composer whose distinct voice can be heard in diverse contexts as a sideman and bandleader. He has garnered critical acclaim in both jazz and contemporary classical arenas - 2018 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and 2017 Compass Composition Prize in association with BCMG - and he explores both of these influences in quintet project Surface Tension, and his latest quartet with Huw V Williams, Ralph Wyld, Kieran McLeod. Luke has performed as part of Rhythms of the City, Seven Steps Big Band, Duncan Fraser Septet and Sister Sally as well as gigs with Dat Brass, Argle Bargle and musicians Hannes Riepler and Michael Chillingworth. Broader fields of Luke's portfolio include his work as a freelance editor for Faber Music and Schott and as a private instrumental tutor.


In 2017, Luke graduated from the University of Birmingham with a First in Music, having also spent a year abroad at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. During this time, he specialised in jazz drumming and contemporary composition, holding the drum chair for both university big bands and becoming a busy temporary member of Saskatoon's jazz scene. Highlights of his final year include writing his award-winning chamber piece Surface Tension for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, as well as managing and arranging for his own piano trio and the 2017 University of Birmingham Summer Festival Big Band.


In 2020, Luke completed his Masters in Jazz Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, generously supported by the Universal Music UK Sound Foundation, Wavendon Foundation, Rotary Club of St Albans, Kentish's Educational Foundation, Chizel Educational Trust, Hockerill Educational Foundation, and Split Infinitive Trust. Most recently, Luke is training in the LRAM teaching qualification alongside his own educational work, building his remote and studio recording portfolio as a sideman with Sister Sally, Duncan Fraser Septet, Silas Friesen, and developping his new quartet project, of which more news and recordings are set to be released in 2021.