BBC Radio 3 commission

Posted on 28 September 2018

Composition PhD student Neil Luck one-hour radiophonic work broadcast on national radio.

Composition PhD student Neil Luck was recently commissioned to create a one-hour radiophonic work to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 immediately following the Last Night of the Proms. Broadcast in the station’s weekly ‘Hear and Now’ slot, the commission was for a show that responded to or commented on the festival in some way, all communicated through the prism of contemporary and experimental music practices.

The resulting show ‘Orderly Mouthpiece Spent’ is a falsified, quasi-dramatic broadcast of new works, ‘old’ works, radiophonic treatments, adverts, interviews, radio static and gameshows exploring the tropes of classical music broadcasting, woven into a narrative about a presenter’s unhinged casting away of tradition and history. It features contributions from a whole host of artists from Neil’s groups ARCO and squib-box, as well as several York Music department affiliates – Federico Reuben, Lynette Quek, and alumnus Tom Service.

  • The programme was originally aired on 8 September 2018 and is available on iPlayer until early October. 
  • short clip of the show is available to listen to thereafter. 


Fiona Bevan, Adam de la Cour, Kit Downes, Tom Jackson, Matthew Lee Knowles, Dominic Lash, Lore Lixenberg, Neil Luck, Musarc choir, Hatsune Miku, Lynette Quek, Federico Reuben,  Benedict Taylor, Max Wainwright