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Luke Lewis

Luke Lewis

Luke Lewis is a current participant in our Writing the Future programme, which provides world-class training and mentoring to early-career composers and music creators, supporting them through the process of making new work with the ensemble.

Inspired by the great American ethnomusicologist and song collector Alan Lomax, Luke Lewis’s new work draws on ideas of voice, translation, and belonging. Using singing and speech from the tape recordings to create the score, the piece will be a conversation between distant lost voices of a very particular time and culture.

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Luke Lewis is a composer, arranger and conductor. Mainly instrumental, sometimes electronic, and occasionally both, his music has been performed internationally by ensembles such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Esbjerg Ensemble and Orkest de Ereprijs. As an arranger and orchestrator in the pop world he's worked with artists like Gaz Coombes, Clean Bandit, Jane Weaver, Richard Walters and Oly Ralfe in collaboration with everything from bespoke chamber ensembles to the BBC Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras.

He studied composition at the University of Salford under Joe Duddell and later Hans Abrahamsen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. He also holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford having been supervised by Robert Saxton and Jonathan Cross at Christ Church with the support of full AHRC funding. For a time mentored by the late Steve Martland, he made the composer the focus of his doctoral work. Alongside this, he is Stipendiary Lecturer in Music at New College, University of Oxford teaching primarily composition, orchestration and music analysis, and an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

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