Percussionist

Alex Smith

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Percussionist
Manchester
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Alex is an undergraduate percussion student at the RNCM studying with Simone Rebello, Liz Gilliver, Paul Patrick, Ian Wright and Dave Hassel

Alex Smith is a Manchester based percussionist, currently in his final year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music. Alex performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral percussionist in and around the Greater Manchester area and further afield. As an orchestral musician, Alex has performed in a wide variety of contexts including: symphony, chamber, baroque, contemporary and pop orchestras, with a variety of student, amateur and semi-professional orchestras. Recent performance highlights include; tuned percussion in Penderecki’s “Seven Gates of Jerusalem” conducted by the composer and the Bridgewater Hall, Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” under Sir Mark Elder, and combined timpani and percussion in Szene 12’s production of La Bohème in Dresden. As a chamber musician, Alex works mainly within the contemporary music field. He plays percussion in the award winning ‘Melia Duo’, with which he performs in many recitals, workshops and family concerts. Recent highlights for the ensemble include being awarded 2nd prize in the prestigious ‘Enkor!’ international chamber competition, and giving a recital at the European Saxophone Congress in Portugal. Outside of the Melia Duo, Alex performs regularly with other instrumentalists for short term chamber music projects. Personal highlights include performing works by Tansy Davies and Harrison Birtwistle as part of a contemporary music festival at the Wigmore Hall, and having the opportunity to work with both composers prior to performance. Alex undertakes similar projects as a soloist, regularly working with young composers to premier new works. Originally from Hull, Alex's early musical experiences came from the brass band tradition. This led to him playing with the Black Dyke Brass Band. During his time with the band, Black Dyke recorded several albums of new and traditional music, performed concerts across the UK and overseas, and won several competitions including the European Brass Band Championships in Freiburg, Germany. As well as performance, Alex has a keen interest in music education. He has delivered workshops for RNCM Engage both at events in college, and in schools across Manchester.

Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Musical theatre, Opera, Film / TV music, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Avant garde, Experimental, Noise music, Light music, World music
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Instruments:
Percussion, Marimba, Timpani, Vibraphone
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Theatre / Show, Cruise
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Other skills:
Composer, Arranger, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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