Alexander Binns

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Described by the Organ Magazine as ‘One of our finest young players’, Youngest DoM in an English Cathedral, Prizewinning graduate of RAM
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Alexander Binns is an organist, conductor, accompanist and teacher based in London, the Midlands and Yorkshire, UK, and was described by the Organ Magazine as ‘one of our finest young players’. He has recently taken up the position of Director of Music at Derby Cathedral and is the youngest Cathedral Director of Music in England. At the Cathedral he is responsible for the operation of Derby Cathedral Music Department, for directing the Cathedral Choir for five to six choral services each week as well as for concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours. A particular highlight of his work in Derby was directing the music for the installation of the Right Reverend Libby Lane as eighth Bishop of Derby. Outside of the Cathedral Alexander is Musical Director of the Derventio Choir in Allestree, is Secretary of RSCM Derbyshire and on the committee of the Derby and District Organists’ Association. Prior to moving to Derby Alexander was Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, where he was the principal organist for Cathedral services, director of the St Edmundsbury Singers and organiser of the lunchtime concert series. Alexander premiered the new work Before Action by David Fawcett (winner of the 2018 Composition Competition) with James Thomas and St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir for the Suffolk Commemoration of Armistice and can be heard on St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir’s latest CD, ‘Make we Merry’, a recording of Christmas music on the Priory label. Whilst at St Edmundsbury Alexander also held the positions of Musical Director of the Hedingham Singers and Accompanist of Phoenix Singers and was Secretary to RSCM Suffolk and a council member of the Suffolk Organists’ Association. Alexander holds BMus(Hons) and MA degrees from the Royal Academy of Music, from where he graduated with distinction in July 2015. At the Academy he studied the organ with Susan Landale and David Titterington, improvisation with Gerard Brooks, conducting with Paul Brough, choral conducting with Patrick Russill, harmonium with Anne Page, piano with Michael Young and continuo with Terence Charlston. Whilst studying at the Academy he performed in masterclasses under Olivier Latry, Bine Bryndorf, Eric Lebrun, Jon Laukvik, Loïc Mallié, Lionel Rogg, David Ponsford, Jean-Baptiste Dupont and Naomi Matsui, and attended study trips to Paris, Hamburg and Bordeaux. Alexander received numerous prizes from his studies including the Eric Thiman Prize, the Gwen and Eric Windo Organ Award, the Stephen Bicknell Award, the Paton Award and the Joyce Rhoda Danzelman Award, and performed in many high profile projects including a performance of Britten’s War Requiem with the Academy Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain under the direction of Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall on Remembrance Sunday 2014, two commercial recordings on the harmonium with the Academy Soloists Ensemble under the direction of Trevor Pinnock, the first performance of ‘Compline’ from ‘The Hours’ by Diana Burrell, a solo performance in the Academy’s celebrated Bach Cantata Series, and a performance in the inaugural recital of the Academy’s new Kuhn organ in the Duke’s Hall. Alexander also holds the Associateship diploma from the Royal College of Organists. In 2014 Alexander won a grant from the Eric Thompson Trust to study the works of Messiaen, Alain and Duruflé with Susan Landale at the Cathédrale Saint-Louis-des-Invalides in Paris, which concluded with a recital at St Lawrence Jewry in London in October 2015. Alongside his studies Alexander held the position of Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral in London, where he accompanied the Cathedral Choir in daily services and concerts, and regularly directed them for services. At Southwark Alexander played for many high profile events including the London Service of Celebration for the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare, the Celebratory Evensong for the 60th Anniversary of the Friends of Cathedral Music, the Game of Thrones Opening Gala as part of Advertising Week UK, and toured with the Cathedral Choir to Iceland and Poland. Alexander also held the positions of Accompanist and Acting Music Director of East London Chorus, Accompanist of Barnet Choral Society and the Vivace Choir, Acting Organist and Director of Music at St Mary’s Church Merton Park, and was Piano Tutor at St Marylebone School for five years. During his time in London he also held the Organ Scholarships at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and St Marylebone Parish Church, where he accompanied and conducted two of London’s finest professional choirs. During his gap year, he held the Organ Scholarship at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, where he regularly accompanied and conducted the world famous Chapel Choir and played for many members of the British Royal Family, including at the celebrated Garter Day Service. Alexander grew up in Yorkshire where he started his musical education as a chorister at Halifax Parish Church, learning the organ with Philip Tordoff and the piano with Margaret Whiteley. He held the Organ Scholarships at Halifax and Leeds Parish Churches, and the positions of Organist at St Luke’s Church Norland, Assistant Organist at All Saints Church Elland and Conductor of the Halifax Chamber Choir. He was educated at the North Halifax Grammar School, where he accompanied many of the school’s choirs on a daily basis under the direction of Graham Ellin. His previous organ teachers include Daniel Moult, Simon Lindley, David Houlder and Darius Battiwalla. Other early musical adventures include conducting and organising a performance of Stainer’s The Crucifixion with a ‘come and sing’ choir of around one hundred singers as part of Holy Week 2008 at Halifax Parish Church, a Future Heroes award from Northern Orchestral Entreprises Limited, and a sponsored play of eight hours at St Mary’s Church Luddenden to raise money for the refurbishment of their organ. Alexander has performed at many prestigious venues both in the UK and abroad including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, the cathedrals of Southwark, St Edmundsbury, Derby, Canterbury, Wells, Gloucester, Salisbury, Chichester, Norwich, Coventry, St Albans, Chester, Peterborough, Liverpool, Manchester, Rochester, Bradford and Wakefield, the Ritz Hotel, the Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace, Westminster Central Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square, Snape Maltings, Pembroke College Cambridge, St Catharine’s College Cambridge, Queen’s College Cambridge, Reading Town Hall, Rochdale Town Hall, Christchurch Priory, St Mary Redcliffe, Ealing Abbey, Concertgebouw Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Hallgrímskirkja (Iceland), Skalholt Cathedral (Iceland), Bayeux Cathedral (France), Abbaye aux Dames à Caen (France), Dominican Church Kraków (Poland), St Peter and St Paul Church Kraków (Poland), Armagh Cathedral (Northern Ireland), Nuovo Teatro Communale Bolzano (Italy), Stadtstheatre Darmstadt (Germany), Neresheim Abbey (Germany), Palazzo dei Congressi Stresa (Italy) and Auditorium Salla dei Piazza Rimini (Italy). Performances at festivals include the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Totally Thames Festival (in which he premiered a work by Lloyd Coleman), Halifax Festival, Bury St Edmunds Festival, Melbourne Festival, Proms at St Jude’s, Bloomsbury Organ Day, Halifax Minster Festival and St Albans International Organ Festival. Alexander has perfromed on RTE Television (Ireland), BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radio Suffolk. As an orchestral player Alexander has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, has toured Europe with the European Union Youth Orchestra under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda, and has played continuo with the Wren Players, Monteverdi String Band, Chameleon Arts Orchestra, Musica Donum Dei and the Suffolk Handel Players. He has premiered works by Diana Burrell, Simon Lindley, David Fawcett and Lloyd Coleman, and has performed as a soloist on the piano in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor with the Misbourne Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 Alexander co-founded the Apollon Violin and Organ Duo with violinist Dora Chatzigeorgiou, a new duo which explores the repertoire for this seldom heard combination. In October 2016 Alexander performed a choreographed version of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb at Snape Maltings with Aldeburgh Voices and the Richard Alston Dance Company as part of a Britten Weekend. As a composer, Alexander’s works have been performed in St Edmundsbury Cathedral by the St Edmundsbury Singers. Upcoming projects include recitals at Lichfield, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Derby Cathedrals, directing Handel Messiah with Derby Cathedral Choir and the Heart of England Orchestra, a tour to Greece with Derby Cathedral Choir and an exchange between the Hedingham Singers and the Derventio Choir.

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Alexander's Song list

Alain, Jehan (1911 - 1940)
Deux danses à Agni Yavishta
Pas vite
Trois Pièces
Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin
Le jardin suspendu
Choral Dorien
Albrechtsberger, Johann Georg (1736 - 1809)
Prelude No. 2 in D
Allwood, Richard
Voluntary (Mulliner Book)
Alvarado, Diego del (c.1580 - 1643)
Tiento sobre el Pange Lingua Español
Anderson, Leroy (1908 - 1975)
Sleigh Ride (arr. Thomas Trotter)
Beata Viscera
Voluntary in A minor
Archer, Malcolm (b. 1952)
Prelude on 'Cranham'
Prelude on 'Dix'
Prelude on 'Stuttgart'
Prelude on 'Winchester New'
Armstrong Gibbs, Cecil (1889 - 1960)
Six Sketches
Arne, Thomas (1710 - 1778)
Introduction and Fugue in C
Attwood, Thomas (1765 - 1838)
Dirge for the Funeral of Lord Nelson
Bach, Carl Phillip Emmanuel (1714 - 1788)
Sonata in F (H84)
Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685 - 1750)
Trio Sonatas
Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat (BWV 525)
Trio Sonata No. 2 in C minor (BWV 526)
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D minor (BWV 527)
Adagio e dolce
Trio Sonata No. 4 in E minor (BWV 528)
Adagio, Vivace
Poco allegro
Trio Sonata No. 6 in G (BWV 530)
Preludes, Toccatas and Fugues
Prelude and Fugue in D (BWV 532)
Prelude and Fugue in E minor (BWV 533)
Prelude and Fugue in F minor (BWV 534)
Prelude in A (BWV 536)
'Dorian' Toccata in D minor (BWV 538)
Prelude in D minor (BWV 539)
Toccata and Fugue in F (BWV 540)
Prelude and Fugue in G (BWV 541)
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor (BWV 542)
Prelude and Fugue in B minor (BWV 544)
Prelude and Fugue in C (BWV 545)
Prelude and Fugue in C minor (BWV 546)
Prelude and Fugue in C (BWV 547)
Prelude and Fugue in E minor (BWV 548)
Prelude and Fugue in C minor (BWV 549)
Prelude and Fugue in E flat (BWV 552)
Eight Short Preludes and Fugues (BWV 553 -560)
Adagio in C (BWV 564)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565)
Piece d'orgue (BWV 572)
'Gigue' Fugue in G (BWV 577)
Passacaglia in C minor (BWV 582)
Pastorella in F (BWV 590)
Fugetta in G (BWV 902)
Fuga in G (BWV 957)
Concerto in A minor (BWV 593)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 599)
Gottes Sohn ist kommen (BWV 600)
Herr Christ, der einge Gottes-Sohn (BWV 601)
Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott (BWV 602)
Puer natus in Bethlehem (BWV 603)
Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her (BWV 606)
Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich(BWV 609)
Helft mir, Gottes Güte preisen (BWV 613)
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist (BWV 614)
In dir ist freude (BWV 615)
Mit Fried' und Freud' ich fahr' dahin (BWV 616)
Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf (BWV 617)
Christe, du Lamm Gottes (BWV 619)
Christus, der uns selig macht (BWV 620)
Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund (BWV 621)
O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß (BWV 622)
Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ (BWV 623)
Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 625)
Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag (BWV 629)
Heut' triumphieret Gottes Sohn (BWV 630)
Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist (BWV 631)
Schübler Chorales
Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme (BWV 645)
Eighteen Leipzig Chorale Preludes
Fantasia super Komm, Heiliger Geist (BWV 651)
An Wasserflüssen Babylon (BWV 653)
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (BWV 654)
Trio super Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend (BWV 655)
Nun danket alle Gott (BWV 657)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 659)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 660)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 661)
Clavierübung III
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit (BWV 672)
Christe, aller Welt Trost (BWV 673)
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist (BWV 674)
Dies sind die heiligen zehen gebot (BWV 678)
Dies sind die heiligen zehen gebot (BWV 679)
Wir glauben all' an einen Gott (BWV 680)
Vater unser im Himmelreich (BWV 683)
Miscellaneous Chorale Preludes
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (BWV 715)
Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott (BWV 721)
Herzlich tut mit verlangen (BWV 727)
In dulci jubilo (BWV 729)
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (BWV 731)
Meine Seele erhebt den Herren (BWV 733)
Valet will ich dir geben (BWV 735)
O Lamm Gottes unschuldig (BWV 1095)
Wir glauben all' an einen Gott (BWV 1098)
Bairstow, Edward (1874 - 1964)
Sonata in E flat
Evening Song
Baker, George (b. 1951)
Toccata-Gigue on the Sussex Carol
Balbastre, Claude-Bénigne (1724 - 1799)
Bennett, John (c.1735 - 1784)
Diapason Movement
Best, William Thomas (1826 - 1897)
Alla Breve
Prelude on 'Halifax'
Blake, Howard (b. 1938)
Walking in the air - The Snowman (arr. Robert Gower)
Blatchly, Mark (b. 1960)
Three Versets on 'Away in a manger'
Blitheman, John (c.1525 - 1591)
Christe qui lux (Mulliner Book)
Boëllmann, Léon (1862 - 1897)
Petite Suite
Suite Gothique, Op. 25
Menuet Gothique
Prière à Notre Dame
Böely, Alexandre Pierre François (1785 - 1858)
Douze Pieces, Op. 18
Andante con moto
Böhm, Georg (1661 - 1733)
Praeludium in A minor
Praeludium in C
Ach, wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir
Christ lag in Todesbanden
Vater unser im Himmelreich
Bolcom, William (b. 1938)
Free Fantasia on 'O Zion, haste' and 'How firm a foundation'
Bonnet, Joseph (1884 - 1944)
Douze Pièces, Op. 7
Étude de Concert
In Memoriam - Titanic
Boyce, William (1711 - 1799)
Voluntary No. 1 in D
Brahms, Johannes (1833 - 1897)
Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122
Herzliebster Jesu
O Welt, ich muss dich lassen
Schmücke dich, O Liebe Seele
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
Herzlich tut mit verlangen (I)
Brewer, Alfred Herbert (1866 - 1928)
Marche Héroïque
Meditation on BACH
Bridge, Frank (1879 - 1941)
Adagio in E
Britten, Benjamin (1913 - 1976)
Prelude and Fugue on a theme by Vittoria
Prelude 'They walk alone'
Voluntary on Tallis' Lamentation
Bruckner, Anton (1824 - 1896)
Praeludium C dur
Fuga D moll
Bruhns, Nicolaus (1667 - 1697)
Little Praeludium in E minor
Praeludium in E minor
Praeludium in G minor
Bull, John (c.1562 - 1628)
A Gigge- Doctor Bull's my Selfe
Burney, Charles (1726 - 1814)
Fughetta in A
Buxtehude, Dietrich (c.1637 - 1707)
Mit Fried' und Freud' ich fahr' dahin (BuxWV 76)
Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C (BuxWV 137)
Praeludium in D (BuxWV 139)
Praeludium in E (BuxWV 141)
Praeludium in F (BuxWV 145)
Praeludium in G minor (BuxWV 149)
Toccata in D minor (BuxWV 155)
Passacaglia (BuxWV 161)
Canzonetta in C (BuxWV 167)
Fuga in C (BuxWV 174)
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt (BuxWV 183)
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (BuxWV 184)
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (BuxWV 189)
In dulci jubilo (BuxWV 197)
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland (BuxWV 198)
Komm, heiliger Geist, Herr Gott (BuxWV 199)
Komm, heiliger Geist, Herr Gott (BuxWV 200)
Magnificat primi toni (BuxWV 203)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BuxWV 211)
Puer natus in Bethlehem (BuxWV 217)
Vater unser im Himmelreich (BuxWV 219)
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (BuxWV 223)
Byrd, William (c.1540 - 1623)
Fantasia in D minor
Miserere (I)
Miserere (II)
Salvator Mundi II
Cabezón, Antonio de (1510 - 1566)
Diferencias 'La Pavana Italiana'
Himno Pange Lingua
Tiento del quinto tono
Tiento de séptimo tono sobre Cum Sancto Spiritu
Cabanilles, Juan (1644 - 1712)
Tiento de falsas de 4 tono
Campling, Andrew
Voluntary on 'Ein feste Burg'
Carter, Andrew (b. 1939)
Toccata on 'Veni Emmanuel'
Choveaux, Nicholas
Three Pieces for Organ
Introduction and Toccata
Clarke, Jeremiah (1674 - 1707)
Trumpet Voluntary
Clérambault, Louis-Nicolas (1676 - 1749)
Suite du Premier Ton
Grand Plein Jeu
Basse et Dessus de Trompette
Récits de Cromorne et de Cornet séparé, en Dialogue
Dialogue sur les Grands Jeux
Suite du Deuxième Ton
Plein Jeu
Basse de Cromorne
Récit de Nazard
Caprice sur les Grands Jeux
Coehlo, Manuel Rodrigues (c.1555 - c.1635)
Coleman, Lloyd (b. 1992)
Dawn Scene on the Thames
Cosyn, Benjamin (c.1570 - 1652)
Couperin, François (1668 - 1733)
Messe pour les Paroisses
Messe pour les Couvents
Croft, William (1678 - 1727)
Voluntary No. 3 in D
Voluntary No. 4 in G minor
Voluntary No. 5 in C
Voluntary No. 6 in G
Voluntary No. 8 in C
Demessieux, Jeanne (1921 - 1968)
Te Deum
Dubois, Théodore (1837 - 1924)
Douze Piéces
Fiat Lux
du Mage, Pierre (1674 - 1751)
Premier Livre d'Orgue
Dupré, Marcel (1886 - 1971)
Eight Short Gregorian Preludes, Op. 45
Ave verum corpus
Le Tombeau de Titelouze, Op. 38
Placare Christe servulis
Prelude and Fugue in B
Prelude and Fugue in G minor
Duruflé, Maurice (1902 - 1986)
Suite, Op. 5
Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons
Prélude sur l'Introit de l'Epiphanie
Prélude er Fugue sur le nom d'Alain
Dvořák, Antonín (1841 - 1904)
Serenade for Strings in E
Larghetto (arr. Alexander Binns)
Dyson, George (1883 - 1964)
Postlude in D
Eben, Petr (1929 - 2007)
Lento, Allegro solenne
Musica Dominicalis
Moto ostinato
Edwards, Richard
When griping griefs (Mulliner Book)
Elgar, Edward (1857 - 1934)
Interlude from Falstaff (arr. Harrison Oxley)
Nimrod (arr. William Harris)
Nimrod (arr. Alan Ridout)
Organ Sonata No. 1 in G
Allegro maestoso
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5 in C (arr. Iain Farrington)
Solemn Prelude - For the Fallen (arr. Harvey Grace)
Vesper Voluntaries, Op. 14
Finzi, Gerald (1901 - 1956)
Carol (arr. Robert Gower)
Prelude (arr. Alan Ridout)
Fischer, Johann Caspar Ferdinand (c.1656 - 1746)
Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E
Franck, César (1822 - 1890)
Choral No. 2 in B minor
Choral No. 3 in A minor
Pièce Héroïque
Fresobaldi, Girolamo Alessandro (1583 - 1643)
Fiori Musicali
Toccata Cromaticha per l'Elevatione (Messa della Domenica)
Bergamasca (Messa della Madonna)
Canzon dopo l'Epistola (Messa della Madonna)
Toccata per l'Elevatione (Messa della Madonna)
Il secondo libro de toccate
Toccata Secunda
Froberger, Johann Jakob (1616 - 1667)
Fantasia V
Fantasia VI
Gibbons, Orlando (1583 - 1625)
Fantasia of Four Parts
Gigout, Eugène (1844 - 1925)
Short Piece in E flat
Goode, David (b. 1971)
Concert Fantasy on Gershwin Themes
Goss-Custard, Reginald (1877 - 1956)
Chelsea Fayre
Greene, Maurice (1696 - 1755)
Diapason Movement
Voluntary No. 1 in A
Voluntary No. 3 in A minor
Voluntary No. 6 in B flat
Voluntary for Full Organ
Grieg, Edvard (1843 - 1907)
At Rondane (arr. Christopher Eva)
Gjendine's Lullaby (arr. Christopher Eva)
Last Spring (arr. Christopher Eva)
Peer Gynt Suite (arr. Christopher Eva)
Morning Mood
Death of Aase
In the Hall of the Mountain King
Grigny, Nicolas de (1672 - 1703)
Récit de Tierce en taille
Ave Maris Stella
Pange Lingua
Guilmant, Alexandre (1837 - 1911)
Sonata No. 2 in D, Op. 50
Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 56
Adagio molto
Grand Choeur, Op. 18
L'Organiste Pratique
Scherzo Symphonique in C
Handel, George Frederick (1685 - 1759)
Messiah (HWV 56)
Overture (arr. Alexander Binns)
Pastoral Symphony (arr. Alexander Binns)
Occasional Oratorio (HWV 63)
March (arr. Noel Rawsthorne)
Scipio (HWV 20)
March (arr. Noel Rawsthorne)
Solomon (HWV 67)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (arr. Noel Rawsthorne)
Xerses (HWV 40)
Largo (arr. Noel Rawsthorne)
The Royal Fireworks Suite (HWV 351)
Final (arr. Noel Rawsthorne)
Water Music (HWV 348)
Air, Bourée and Coro (arr. Noel Rawsthorne)
Suite in G (arr. Alexander Binns)
Harris, William (1883 - 1973)
Epilogue on 'Dix'
Flourish for an Occasion
Prelude in E flat
Harwood, Basil (1859 - 1949)
A Quiet Voluntary for Evensong, Op. 70
Sonata No. 1 in C sharp minor, Op. 5
Hawes, Jack (1916 - 2010)
Haydn, Joseph (1732 - 1809)
Eight Pieces for Musical Clocks
Heron, Henry (1730 - 1795)
Voluntary No. 9
Herschell, William (1738 - 1822)
Prelude No. 23 in D
Hindemith, Paul (1895 - 1963)
Sonata No. 2
Ruhig bewegt
Hollins, Alfred (1865 - 1942)
Concert Overture in C minor
Pastorale in F
Holst, Gustav (1874 - 1934)
The Planets
Venus (arr. Arthur Wills)
Howells, Herbert (1892 - 1983)
Psalm Preludes Set 1
Psalm 34, Verse 6
Psalm 37, Verse 11
Psalm 23, Verse 4
Psalm Preludes Set 2
Psalm 139, Verse 11
Rhapsody No. 3 in C sharp minor
Six Pieces
Preludio 'Sine Nomine'
Master Tallis' Testament
Six Short Pieces
Tranquillo, ma con moto
Ireland, John (1879 - 1962)
Miniature Suite for Organ
Alla Marcia
Sursum Corda
The Holy Boy
Jackson, Francis (b. 1917)
The Archbishop's Fanfare
Georgian Suite
Toccata, Chorale and Fugue
Toccata-Prelude on 'Wachet auf'
James, John (d. 1745)
Voluntary No. 1 in E minor
Voluntary No. 2 in A
Voluntary No. 3 in G
Voluntary No. 4 in A minor
Voluntary No. 5 in B minor
Johnson, Robert (1583 - 1633)
Defiled is my name (Mulliner Book)
Jongen, Joseph (1873 - 1953)
Petit Pièce
Petit Prélude
Karg-Elert, Sigfrid (1877 - 1933)
Chorale Improvisations, Op. 65
Freu dich sehr, O meine seele
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort
Nun danket alle Gott
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
Symphonic Chorale No. 3 'Nun ruhen alle Wälder', Op. 87
Kodály, Zoltán (1882 - 1967)
Missa Brevis
Ite missa est
Krebs, Johann Ludwig (1713 - 1780)
Prelude in C
Trio in F
Lang, Craig Sellar (1891 - 1971)
Tuba Tune in D
Langlais, Jean (1907 - 1991)
Dominica in Palmis
La Nativité
Trois paraphrases grégoriannes, Op. 5
Hymne d'action de grâce 'Te Deum'
Three Characteristic Pieces
Suite Brève
Dialogue sur les mixtures
Latry, Olivier (b. 1962)
Salve Regina
Lebègue, Nicholas (1631 - 1702)
Noël 'Puer nobis nascitur'
Noël 'Une Vierge pucelle'
Lefébure-Wély, Louis James Alfred (1817 - 1870)
Sortie in E flat
Leighton, Kenneth (1929 - 1988)
Chorale Prelude on 'Rockingham'
Hymn Fantasia on 'Aus der Tiefe'
Lemmens, Jacques Nicholas (1823 - 1881)
Liszt, Franz (1811 - 1886)
Consolation in D flat (arr. Franz Liszt)
Ave Maria von Arcadelt
Prelude and Fugue on BACH
Litaize, Gaston (1909 - 1991)
Lloyd Webber, William (1914 - 1982)
Interlude on 'Coventry Carol'
Locke, Matthew (c.1621 - 1677)
Voluntary (Melothesia)
Lohet, Simon (c.1550 - 1611)
Nun welche hie ihr Hoffnung gar
MacDowell, Edward (1860 - 1908)
To a Wild Rose (arr. Anthea Smith)
MacMillan, James (b. 1959)
White Note Paraphrase
Gaudeamus in loce pace
Mahler, Gustav (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No. 4 in G major (arr. Alexander Binns)
Bedächtig, nicht eilen
Martin, Easthope (1882 - 1925)
Mathias, William (1934 - 1992)
Toccata Giocosa
Maxwell Davies, Peter (1934 - 2016)
Reliqui Domum Meum
Veni Creator Spiritus
Mendelssohn, Felix (1809 - 1847)
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op. 37
Prelude and Fugue in G, Op. 37
Sonata No. 2 in C minor, Op. 65
Allegro maestoso e vivace
Fuga - Allegro moderato
Sonata No. 3 in A, Op. 65
Con moto maestoso
Andante tranquillo
Sonata No. 4 in B flat, Op. 65
Allegro con brio
Andante religioso
Allegro maestoso
Sonata No. 6 in D minor, Op. 65
Wedding March (arr. Noel Rawsthorne)
Messiaen, Olivier (1908 - 1992)
Livre du Saint Sacrement
Le Dieu caché
La Résurrection du Christ
Le Banquet Céleste
Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Pere
Transports de joie
Prière du Christ montant vers son Père
Les Corps Glorieux
Les eaux de la grâce
Combat de Mort et de la Vie
Joie et clarté des Corps Glorieux
Le Mystère de la Sainte-Trinité
La Nativité de Seigneur
Dessein eternels
Jésus accepte la souffrance
Les Mages
Dieu parmi nous
Moore, Philip (b. 1943)
Prelude on 'Rocking'
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756 - 1791)
Adagio in C
Andante in F (K616)
Fantasia in F minor (K594)
Muffat, Georg (1690 - 1770)
Toccata Prima
Toccata Tertia
Toccata Decima
Toccata Undecima
Mulet, Henri (1878 - 1967)
Esquisses Byzantines
In Paradisum
Tu es Petra et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus te
Nares, James (1715 - 1783)
Fuga IV
Fugue per Arsin et Thesin
A pavan (Mulliner Book)
Ogden, Nigel (b. 1954)
Penguin's Playtime
Oxley, Harrison (1933 - 2009)
A Clarinet Tune
Prelude on 'Whence is that goodly fragrance?'
Caprice on 'God rest ye merry gentleman'
Pachelbel, Johann (1653 - 1706)
Alle menschen müssen sterben
Komm, heiliger geist, Herr Gott
Canon in D
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her
Parry, Charles Hastings Hubert (1848 - 1918)
Chorale Prelude on 'Melcombe'
Chorale Prelude on 'St Cross'
Tranquilly (A Little Organ Book in Memory of Hubert Parry)
Elegy in A flat
Peeters, Flor (1903 - 1986)
Phillips, Gordon (1908 - 1991)
Six Carol Preludes
O Little Town of Bethlehem
The Angel Gabriel
Praetorius, Michael (1571 - 1621)
Ballet des Matelotz (arr. Noel Rawsthorne)
Chorale Fantasia on 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott'
Prelleur, Peter (c.1705 - 1741)
Voluntary No. 1 in A minor
Voluntary No. 2 in D minor
Voluntary No. 3 in A minor
Voluntary No. 4 in D minor
Voluntary No. 5 in D minor
Preston, Simon (b. 1938)
Purcell, Daniel (c.1664 - 1717)
Purcell, Henry (1659 - 1695)
Double Organ Voluntary in D minor
Verse in C
Verse in F
Voluntary in G
Rawsthorne, Noel (b. 1929)
Celtic Lullaby
Prelude on 'Londonderry Air'
Dance Suite
March 'On Ilkley Moor'
Dancing Feet
Line Dance
Redford, John (1491 - 1547)
Christe redemptor omnium
Reger, Max (1873 - 1916)
12 Stücke für die Orgel, Op. 80
Ave Maria
Variationen und Fuge über Heil unserm, König, Heil
Rheinberger, Josef (1839 - 1901)
Sonata No. 8 in E minor, Op. 132
Sonata No. 11 in D minor, Op. 148
Sonata No. 16 in G sharp minor, Op. 175
Rodio, Rocco (c.1535 - c.1615)
Ave Maris Stella
Roseingrave, Thomas (1690/1 - 1766)
Double Fugue IV
Scheidemann, Heinrich (1596 - 1663)
Verbum caro factum est (after Hassler)
Scheidt, Samuel (1587 - 1654)
Da Jesus an dem Kreuze Stund
Schumann, Robert (1810 - 1856)
Vier Skizzen, Op. 58
Nicht schnell und sehr markiert in C minor
Nicht schnell und sehr markiert in C
Lebhaft in F minor
Allegretto in D flat
Shepherd, Richard (b.1949)
Sinclair, George Robertson (1863 - 1917)
Festival March
Smart, Henry (1813 - 1879)
March in G
Postlude in D
Spedding, Alan (d. 2014)
Deo Gratias
Stanford, Charles Villiers (1852 - 1924)
Fantasia and Toccata in D minor
Six Preludes and Postludes Set 1, Op. 101
No. 1 in F
No. 2 in G minor
No. 3 in E flat
No. 5 in G
No. 6 in E flat
Six Preludes and Postludes Set 2, Op. 105
No. 1 in F
No. 2 in G
No. 3 in G
No. 6 in D minor
Stanley, John (1712 - 1786)
Voluntary No. 1 in C
Diapason Movement
Storace, Bernardo (fl. 1660s)
Ballo del Battaglia
Sumsion, Herbert Whitton(1899 - 1995)
Prelude for manuals
Prelude on 'The Coventry Carol'
Prelude on 'The Holly and the Ivy'
Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon (1562 - 1621)
Ballo del Granduca
Mein junges Leben hat ein Endt
Puer nobis nascitur
Tag, Christian Gotthilf (1735 - 1811)
Vivace e maestoso
Tallis, Thomas (1505 - 1585)
Ex more docti mistico
O ye tender babes (Mulliner Book)
Telemann, Georg Philipp (1681 - 1767)
Christ lag in Todesbanden
Thalben-Ball, George (1896 - 1987)
Elegy in B flat
Tune in E
Tomkins, Thomas (1572 - 1656)
Tordoff, Philip (b. 1937)
Trumpet Tune
Tournemire, Charles (1870 - 1939)
Choral-Improvisation sur le 'Victimae Paschali'
Vaughan Williams, Ralph (1872 - 1958)
Hymn Prelude 'Rhosymedre'
Phantasy Quintet
Alla Sarabanda (arr. Henry Ley)
Verdi, Giuseppe (1813 - 1901)
Grand March from Aida
Vierne, Louis (1870 - 1937)
Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 14
Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 20
Allegro risoluto
Symphony No. 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 28
Symphony No. 6 in B
24 Pièces en style libre, Op. 31
24 Pièces de Fantaisie
Clair de lune
Toccata in B flat minor
Sur le Rhin
Carillon de Westminster
Vierne, Réné (1878 - 1918)
Messe Basse (Entrée)
Wagner, Richard (1813 - 1883)
Bridal March (arr. Noel Rawsthorne)
Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (arr. Edwin Lemare)
Walford Davies, Henry (1869 - 1941)
RAF March Past (arr. Alexander Binns)
Solemn Melody (arr. Noel Rawsthorne)
Walmisley, Thomas Attwood (1814 - 1856)
Prelude and Fugue in E minor
Walond, William (1725 - 1770)
Voluntary No. 5 in G
Diapason Movement
Walther, Johann Gottfried (1684 - 1748)
Erschienen ist der Herrliche Tag
Erstanden ist der Heilig Christ
Mache dich, mein geist, bereit
Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner güt
Meine Seele erhebt den Herren
Three Preludes on 'Fröhlich soll mein Herze springen'
Walton, William (1902 - 1983)
Coronation March 'Orb and Sceptre' (arr. Robert Gower)
Crown Imperial (arr. Herbert Murrill)
March from Prelude from Richard III (arr. Robert Gower)
Prelude 'The Spitfire' (arr. Robert Gower)
Suite from Henry V (arr. Robert Gower and Henry G. Ley)
Passacaglia 'Death of Falstaff'
Touch her soft lips and part
Three Pieces from Richard III (arr. Robert Gower)
Romanza from 'Christopher Columbus' (arr. Robert Gower)
Warlock, Peter (1894 - 1930)
Pieds en l'air from 'Capriol Suite' (arr. Noel Rawsthorne)
Warren, Norman (b. 1934)
Silent Night
Wesley, Samuel Sebastian (1810 - 1876)
Larghetto in F sharp minor
White, Robert (c.1538 - 1574)
Fantasia No. 4
In Nomine
Whitlock, Percy (1903 - 1946)
Four Extemporisations
Five Short Pieces
Folk Tune
Andante Tranquillo
Plymouth Suite
Symphony in G minor
Elegy (arr. Riley)
Three Quiet Reflections
After an Old French Air
Widor, Charles Marie (1844 - 1937)
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 13 No. 1
Marche Pontificale
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 13 No. 4
Symphony No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42 No. 1
Allegro vivace
Allegro cantabile
Andantino quasi allegretto
Willan, Healey (1880 - 1968)
Prelude on 'This endris nyght'
Wood, Charles (1866 - 1926)
Andante (A Litte Organ Book in Memory of Hubert Parry)
Prelude on 'Martyrs'
Wood, Henry (1869 - 1944)
Fantasia on British Sea Songs (arr. Harold Jackson)
Worgan, John (1724 - 1790)
Short Voluntary
Yon, Pietro (1886 - 1943)
Pastorale 'Gesù Bambino'
Young, Gordon (1919 - 1998)
Prelude in Classic Style
Ricercare on 'St Anne'
Zachau, Friedrich Wilhelm (1663 - 1712)
Christ lag in Todesbanden
Three Preludes on 'Vom Himmel hoch'
Zipoli, Domenico (1688 - 1726)
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4 years ago, for a Church service in Angel Hill
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I asked Alex Binns to play for my husband’s funeral. I wanted a respectful but upbeat celebration of his life. Alex played everything I wanted and in just the way I had imagined it would be. He is a very talented young man who accommodates all your wishes without fuss but very professionally.

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Alex Binns - exceptionally talented and gifted all-round musician and a real asset to our organisation the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). Good administrator and personable, friendly and outgoing chap with time for everyone. No hesitation in recommending Alex.