Luke is an exuberant 22-year-old music graduate, just off the back of completing his performance masters in percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Picking up a pair of sticks at the age of just 3 years old, Luke received a practical music education with Jayne Obradovic at Wells Cathedral School, before receiving an unconditional offer to study Music at the University of Birmingham where he graduated in 2018 with a 1st class degree, prior to his move to London for a masters course at the Guildhall.
Luke has studied and worked alongside some of the UK’s most well respected world/orchestral percussionists and drum kit specialists, notably the team at the CBSO, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, LPO, and LSO, working with figures such as Sir Simon Rattle, Andrew Herbert, Adrian Spillett, Matt Hardy, Kevin Hathway, David Corkhill, Matt Skelton, Zands Duggan, and recently Mike Lovatt of the John Wilson Orchestra, amongst a host of other inspirational leaders.
His abilities as an all-rounder, dabbling in percussive studies from a broad range of traditions and conventions, has enabled frequent performance at internationally celebrated venues including the Barbican Hall, St John Smith’s Square, Festival Hall, Colston Hall, The Bristol Hippodrome, and Symphony Hall (Birmingham), to name a few, as well as performances at major UK events and festivals including the London 2012 Olympics and Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2018. Luke has also received regular BBC radio air time, from new music performances (recently the BBC Total Immersion Ligeti celebration, Barbican 2019), to features with his very own fusion-pop project, Argle Bargle, as well as work as events coordinator with his thriving function band, Charlie and the Funk Factory, performing at weddings and events across the UK and abroad.
Luke has been teaching and partaking in community work for nearly a decade, working with pupils from his home town, Portishead, as well as with young people from the Midlands and London, and has recently set up a brand new percussive community project in association with the Guildhall School as part of his Fellowship at the conservatoire. The project aims to offer children from some of London’s most in-need areas a chance at a musical education through percussive activity, despite the cut-backs and depletion of education services nationwide.
Lilliput Concerts provide grown-up live classical music in a relaxed, baby-friendly setting. We’ve all read about the benefits of classical music for tiny growing minds and for calming stressed adults, but traditional concerts just don’t fit the baby & toddler lifestyle. Their short concerts are perfect for adults and infants to enjoy together. Babies may cry, toddlers may dance, parents can just relax.
Concerts last for around 40 minutes and are usually followed by a chance to meet the performers and their instruments. At our regular concerts the music is followed by coffee and freshly baked cakes from The Nick Holder Bakery.
Now in it’s fourth year Colston Hall’s Hoo-Ha! festival is an annual weekend of fun for all the family packed full of music, dancing, workshops and fantastical performances.
The first festival in 2015 saw hundreds of young people take over Colston Hall’s foyer spaces for a host of free events as Ready Sheddy Disgo taught the coolest kids disco moves, Conductive Music made musical instruments out of vegetables, and Cardboard City let young creative imaginations construct beautiful works of art with nothing but cardboard and glue. Meanwhile Kid Carpet, Schlomo, Mark Grist and Tim Clare filled The Lantern with music, poetry and fun for the festival’s ticketed shows.
Brian the bookworm slid into Colston Hall’s foyer in 2016 for readings of all your favourite children’s books through the weekend. The British Sinfonietta took us on a very special Bear Hunt, Bakehouse Factory led us through the jungle to meet Marvel the Elephant and other Wild Things, we got our skates on for the BUMP Family Rollerdisco and both parents and young-uns alike showed off their moves to Junior Jungle Rave!
Our Hoo-Ha! 2017 festival was the biggest yet as we celebrated Colston Hall’s anniversary with Colston Hall’s Nifty 150 Birthday Bash with Andy Day and DJ Cheeba . Legends of children’s TV Dick and Dom kick off the weekend with their madcap show while Bristol Zoo walked down the hill to visit with some colourful characters and cretaceous creatures to present Dino School. We revelled in Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, relaxed to some beautiful classical music for babies and toddlers with the Lilliput Concerts and flew into outer space with our free Explorer Dome Inflatable Planetarium.
Now as Colston Hall undergoes it’s ambitious transformation, Hoo-Ha has expanded our of the foyer and across the city into The Folk House on Park Street and beyond.