Luke Crookes trained in bassoon performance and leadership at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was principal bassoonist of the Cyprus State Chamber Orchestra and currently freelances and is a member of the North Sea Radio Orchestra.
He has led creative projects for many major orchestras including the Philharmonia orchestra and Leipzig Gerwanthaus orchestra. He was nominated for the Royal Philharmonic society award in 2015. He has delivered creative projects in many UK hospitals including Evelina children’s hospital and the Royal London hospital. Through his cross-arts work he has collaborated with dancers, actors, artists, sculptors, architects and bakers; performing in Concert venues, Museums, Galleries and Heritage sites; including Barbican, The National Gallery, Manchester Art gallery, The British museum and The Charterhouse. His performances involve live bassoon and electronics. He has collaborated with Choreographer ruth Jones (Gestures 2015, Art in the Park 2016, Speech Acts 2018).
His work explores the imagination, mind and body to promote participants connection with the essence of their creativity and sensation; for a healthy relationship with self, creativity, instrument, performance and well-being.
“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.