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 public 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 his latest band project Surface Tension. Luke has performed as part of Rhythms of the City, Seven Steps Big Band, as well as gigs with Dat Brass, Duncan Fraser Septet, Argle Bargle and musicians Huw V Williams, Ralph Wyld, Kieran McLeod and Mike 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.


Luke is currently developing his drumming and composition portfolio, owing to the guidance of several mentors during his time at the Royal Academy of Music studying MA Jazz Performance (James Maddren, Martin France, Jeff Williams, Jim Hart, Barak Schmool, Pete Churchill, Kit Downes, Chris Montague, Nikki Iles, and contemporary classical composer Ruth Byrchmore.) His postgraduate studies have been 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.