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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 quartet project Surface Tension with Huw V Williams, Ralph Wyld, Kieran McLeod - debut album set to release in October 2021. 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 Hannes Riepler and Michael Chillingworth.

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 completed the LRAM teaching qualification alongside his own educational work, has been preparing for his debut release as a bandleader, as well as building his remote and studio recording portfolio as a sideman with Sister Sally, Duncan Fraser Septet, Silas Friesen, Gaby Kettle.