Luke Lewis

Teaching assistant
BA (Salford), M.St. & D.Phil. (Oxon)

Luke Lewis (b. 1988) studied composition under Joe Duddell at the University of Salford, Hans Abrahamsen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, and recently completed a doctorate under the supervision of Robert Saxton and Jonathan Cross at Christ Church, Oxford, with the support of an AHRC/Christ Church Scholarship. He was also mentored by the late Steve Martland.


Luke teaches on the Prelims and Finals composition undergraduate courses and the Finals course in Musical Analysis & Criticism.

Research Interests

Foremost a composer, Luke’s music has been performed internationally and highlights include a premiere by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, opening the Pulsar Festival 2014 in Copenhagen with the Athelas Sinfonietta, a setting of text by the poet Sir Geoffrey Hill for Orkest de Ereprijs in the Netherlands, and a work for the Wales International Piano Festival 2016.

Parallel to composition, his written research considers the music of Steve Martland (1954– 2013) and focuses on the political expressions in his work. As well as exploring his general development and the negotiation of his Dutch minimalist and English inheritance, this research centres on considering crosscurrents between contemporaneous alternative rock/pop music and the politics of sexuality/gender. Carrying out the first critical survey of the composer’s archive at the British Library is another key task. Furthermore, Luke works as an arranger/orchestrator for pop bands and works on editions of baroque and classical opera.