Hi. My name is Luke Crookes. I am a bassoonist and creative music and cross-arts workshop leader. I work for cultural, educational and community organisations, healthcare and businesses. I collaborate with musicians, dancers, actors, artists, sculptors, architects, animators and bakers; performing in Concert halls, Museums, Galleries and Heritage sites; performing in Concert halls, Museums, Galleries and Heritage sites; including the Barbican, The National Gallery, Manchester Art gallery, The British Museum and The Charterhouse.
My performances and workshops can include live bassoon and electronics. I have led creative projects for many major orchestras including the Philharmonia orchestra and Leipzig Gerwanthaus orchestra. I was nominated for the Royal Philharmonic society award in 2015. I have delivered creative projects in many UK hospitals including Evelina children’s hospital and the Royal London hospital.
Here are some of the organisations I have worked for:
OPEN CITY. BBC. SIRF. HERON CORN MILL. THE PRINCES TRUST. THE NATIONAL GALLERY. GROWING OLD DISGRACEFULLY. THE SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. OPERA NORTH. THE BRITISH MUSEUM. THE ROYAL LONDON HOSPITAL. GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC & DRAMA. BT. LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. BARINGA PARTNERS. INTERCRUISES. WIGMORE HALL. THE WALLACE COLLECTION. MUSEUM OF LONDON. BARBICAN. PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
I trained a Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After completing my BA in Music, I went on to be the principal bassoonist of the Cyprus State Chamber Orchestra. On returning to the UK I completed the Guildhall School of Music leadership course and then an MA in orchestral playing.
As well as orchestral playing, I’ve been a member of the North Sea radio Orchestra for 15 years. North Sea Radio Orchestra is an English contemporary music ensemble and cross-disciplinary chamber orchestra.
“it’s the depth of thinking that goes into a moment, of true student centred learning, that can then appear to be so easy when it is facilitated so well (by you).” Collaborative workshop artist
“A very inspiring project that led to real creative freedom and an end result that was entirely the students.” Teacher, Candlebird Creative Composition Workshop, 2015.