Luke Newby is a South African clarinettist with a particular interest in contemporary music and education. Luke is currently studying for an MMus at the Birmingham Conservatoire under Jo Patton and Mark O'Brien, after attaining an undergraduate degree with distinction at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. These studies have been support by Help Musicians UK, who awarded Luke a post graduate scholarship in 2016.
As a performer Luke enjoys working with contemporary composers and has premiered new works in both South Africa and the UK. He has won several prizes during his undergraduate studies and was a finalist in the 2015 Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Prize. He has performed as a soloist with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their Youth Concerto Festival and won a place on the CBSO training scheme in 2013 and 2015. In 2012 and 2014 Luke toured Europe with the MIAGI Youth Orchestra performing new South African works at venues such as the Concertgebouw and the Berlin Philharmonie. Luke is also interested in chamber music and is actively involved with the Birmingham based Anchor Quintet.
Luke has always been passionate about education and outreach and is a teacher for the Birmingham Music Service. In Johannesburg he conducted research on the Buskaid String Orchestra based in Soweto and volunteered at the Music Enlightenment Project. During his time in Birmingham Luke has worked with In Harmony, the Young Composers Project and BCMG in a variety of outreach projects.