Luke Whitehead was born in Thorne, South Yorkshire. He took up the bassoon aged fifteen, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with (among others) Edward Warren, Alan Pendlebury, and Meyrick Alexander, and for the Contrabassoon, Nicholas Lander.
Luke has appeared with many orchestras throughout the UK and abroad, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Northern Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, as well as working extensively with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of Opera North.
The Principal Contrabassoon's Chair is endowed by Vincent Meyer.
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