Composer and BBC Radio Producer Luke Whitlock was born in Exeter in 1978 into a musical family. His father John Whitlock is a composer and Jazz musician, who has performed on the banjo and guitar with Nat Gonella, Pete Allen, Bruce Turner, Digby Fairweather and members of The Temperence Seven. Luke from the age of three was involved in musical theatre, and soon after began studying the piano and clarinet. He started composing in his early teens, and went on to study at Dartington College of Arts, and then for his masters at the Royal College of Music with Joseph Horovitz. He also later gained a postgraduate certificate in education from the University of Plymouth.
Since leaving formal education he was employed by the Royal College of Music to programme in advance, and co-ordinate chamber events both at the college, and at venues around London. He’s also taught at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and led workshops at Dartington College of Arts and for the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain.
Since 2007 he has been employed by the BBC, working on core Radio 3 strands including Composer of the Week, The Choir, Discovering Music and Radio 3 Requests. He regularly artistically plans and produces the Radio 3 lunchtime concert series at the yearly Hay Literature Festival, along with producing events for Live and pre-recorded radio transmissions from the Three Choirs Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, Bath International Music Festival, Gregynog Festival, Leeds International Piano Competition, to other large scale projects including productions by Welsh National Opera, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Luke is also a feature maker for BBC Radio 4, and has produced varied programmes from film music, to the poetry of various Tudor monarchs.
In 2015 Luke released his debut CD on the Divine Art label called Flowing Waters, which received three stars in BBC Music Magazine. It has also received accolades from the likes of film composer Debbie Wiseman and legendary lyricist Don Black, and has also had regular broadcasts on ABC Classic FM (Australia), Classic FM (South Africa), and on various BBC networks as well.