About Luke

About Luke

Luke is a drummer/composer currently studying a Masters in Jazz Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. Having journeyed from his studies in Birmingham via Saskatoon, Canada, Luke's drumming has reached eminent venues on the London jazz scene, with gigs at The Jazz Café, Pizza Express Dean Street, Sofar Sounds and 606 Club. He is a member of Rhythms of the City and the Seven Steps Big Band, and has played with hip-hop brass group Dat Brass and Birmingham-based bands Argle Bargle and Odd Soul.


As a composer, Luke has garnered public acclaim in both jazz and contemporary classical spheres, having won the 2018 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and the 2017 Compass Composition Prize in association with BCMG, leading to a new commission for the 2018 CrossCurrents Music Festival. Most recently, Luke has formed a quintet project Surface Tension, for which he is drummer and composer. Currently preparing for their debut performance at the 606 Club on 26th November, and with plans to record and tour on the horizon, this exciting new quintet is set to make an impression within the UK music scene.


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. Over the course of his degree, Luke specialised in jazz drumming and contemporary composition. Heavily involved in jazz performance in Birmingham and Saskatoon, Luke held the drum chair for both university big bands and became a busy temporary member of Saskatoon's professional jazz scene. Highlights of his final year included gigs featuring Stan Sulzmann and Bobby Shew, 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 compositional concept at the Royal Academy of Music with supervision from jazz educators, Barak Schmool, Pete Churchill, Kit Downes, Chris Montague and Nikki Iles, and contemporary classical composer Ruth Byrchmore. His time at the Academy is with the aspiration to cultivate a portfolio career as a drummer/composer in the London jazz scene. Broader fields of Luke's portfolio include his work as a freelance editor for Faber Music and Schott and private instrumental tutor.


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.