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By Degrees

LSO Soundhub Associate Composer


Luke Madams hates talking about himself in the third person. He said he knows you know he wrote this himself, so he told me to tell you the rest of it will be in first person.
The first thing to say about my music is that you will probably like it. My interests are broad, and as a fan of music myself I never publish anything that I myself would not want to listen to. I work under the assumption that your attention is finite, valuable, and retractable at any time, and expend great effort to ensure that my work is concise and interesting from the outset.

Past comments on my work, gleaned usually by loitering near audience members, have included, ‘it’s very dramatic’, ‘that was weird’, and, ‘that one was my favourite’. But don’t take their word for it—my master’s degree in composition (distinction) gained from Goldsmiths, University of London, is testament to the quality of my work. I like to go big, and deploy all means at my disposal to extract emotional reactions from listeners.

Though primarily a pianist, my compositions span a range of instrumentations and mediums. My current focus is a set of six piano works that I will perform and record myself, though my past works have been performed by the Maggini Quartet, Ensemble L’imaginaire, Luis Tabeunca, and Martin Outram. My mentors throughout my time as a student composer have included Dr Lauren Redhead, Dr Sam Bailey, Dr Panos Ghikas, Dr Stamatia Statherou, professors Keith Potter and Roger Redgate, and Paul Clark of the Clod Ensemble. In 2021, I was granted the opportunity to attend rehearsals with the London Sinfonietta and used the opportunity to make connections and gain feedback on my work.

I'm based in Canterbury, Kent. You can reach me using the form on the contact page.

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