Violinist

Alex Raine

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Violinist
Durham
Alex Raine is a violinist based in the North East of England.

Alex started learning the violin at the age of 4. He currently learns under the tutelage of Maciej Rakowski and will continue his studies at the Royal College of Music. His solo appearances have ranged in the North East and across the U.K. He joined the National Children’s Orchestra when he was 9 and was a member for 4 years, leading their northern regional orchestra in his last. During his time with NCO, he played the role of Jascha Heifetz as part of the National Theatre’s production of “Travelling Light” in the Theatre Royal in Newcastle upon Tyne. He also took part in a project with the European Union Youth Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall during the Proms season, which was invaluable orchestral experience. When he was 11 he started attending the Junior Royal Northern College of Music where he led his string quartet for 5 years playing a diverse range of repertoire ranging from Mozart to Shostakovich, and performed in numerous chamber music showcases at the college. He was also No.5 of their symphony orchestra for which he was a member for six years. He was also invited to, and played with, the RNCM Film Orchestra which gave him further insight into high-level orchestral playing. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra for 3 years and performed at the BBC Proms and the Berlioz Festival as part of their 2017 tour to France. He appeared as Principal 2nd violin in some of their projects, and took part in their side-by-side project with the Palestine Youth Orchestra. With the NYO, he collaborated with world-leading artists such as Sir Mark Elder, John Wilson, Edward Gardner, Kristjan Järvi, Nicholas Collon, Iris ter Schiphorst, Tamara Stefanovich, Tai Murray and Sir George Benjamin. Alex was also invited to play as Co-leader of Northern orchestra in their 2018 Summer concert where they performed Mozart’s Requiem and the Overture to the Marriage of a Figaro. Performing in prestigious venues across the U.K. such as the Royal Festival Hall, Durham Cathedral, Royal Albert Hall and the Sage Gateshead, he has played as both orchestral player and soloist.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical
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Instruments:
Violin
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Reviews

From customers:

Times, 3 years ago

‘The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain describes itself as "the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers”. And I’m not going to dispute the label, especially after this dashing concert, conducted with bright eyes and incisive gestures by Nicholas Collon, a former NYO player himself. To judge from those powerfully sorrowing lower strings at the start of Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet overture, these teenagers had already been through life’s wringer. Maturity also roared from the brass, whose venomous harmonies landed like boxers’ knockout blows. If all 2016’s musical Shakespeare throbs like this, we’re in for a blistering year.’ - The Times, 4 stars

Times, 2 years ago

And, boy, did NYO play well: virtuosic, concentrated and seriously impressive” ★★★★ The Times