2017 RPS Instrument Purchase Grant recipient
Luke is currently in his first year studying jazz trumpet for his Batchelor’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music. At the age of 9, he started learning classical trumpet, and through the Aylesbury Music Centre was exposed to many different opportunities in many different genres. In 2013, Luke began to focus specifically on playing jazz trumpet, and joined the jazz course at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, where he attended weekly classes studying under Simon Colam and Gareth Lockrane. Luke has also taken part in two week-long summer schools with the National Youth Jazz Collective, and performs with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
He has performed in a large number of prestigious venues, such as Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Mansion House, the Vortex Jazz Club and the Pizza Express Jazz Club. Through the Royal Academy of Music, he has had the great privilege of learning from and playing with some of Jazz’s greatest musicians, including Dave Holland, Norma Winstone and Dave Liebman. On top of the trumpet, he is also a composer and arranger, and for several years was a very active jazz guitarist before wrist injury forced him to stop.
Luke is currently being taught by Mike Lovatt and Nick Smart, and cites Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Ahmad Jamal and Woody Shaw as some of his greatest influences.
Humphrey Burton, first head of Music and Arts, BBC; founder/presenter of Young Musician of the Year and joint founder of the RPS Music Awards in 1989.
DID YOU KNOW?
The cost of a bassoon for a young player starting their professional training is about £15,000. The RPS John Barbirolli Fund offers much needed financial assistance with instrument purchase.