Young and dynamic freelance organist, conductor and accompanist based in London and prizewinning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Alexander Binns is the Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral where he accompanies the cathedral choir in daily services, concerts and recently toured with them to Iceland. Alexander is also Accompanist of East London Chorus and Barnet Choral Society and Piano Tutor at St Marylebone School. Alexander has previously 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. In July 2015 Alexander graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied the organ with Susan Landale and David Titterington, improvisation with Gerard Brooks, conducting with Paul Brough, choral conducting with Patrick Russill, 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 and Naomi Matsui. Alexander has received numerous prizes at the Academy including the Eric Thiman Prize, the Gwen and Eric Windo Organ Award, the Stephen Bicknell Award and the Paton Award, and has 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 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, Wells, Gloucester, Salisbury, Chichester, Coventry, Peterborough and Rochester, Westminster Central Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John's Smith Square, Pembroke College Cambridge, St Catharine's College Cambridge, Queen's College Cambridge, Reading Town Hall, Rochdale Town Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Hallgrímskirkja (Iceland), Skalholt Cathedral (Iceland), 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 and St Albans International Organ Festival. As an orchestral player Alexander has performed in outreach projects with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, has toured Europe with the European Union Youth Orchestra under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda, and has played continuo with the Wren Players, Monteverdi String Band, Chameleon Arts Orchestra and Musica Donum Dei. In 2015 Alexander co-founded the Apollon Duo with violinist Dora Chatzigeorgiou. He is also in regular demand as a conductor, having previously held the position of Principal Conductor of the Halifax Chamber Choir, and Acting Musical Director of East London Chorus for half a term. In 2014 Alexander won a grant from the Eric Thompson Trust to study the works of Messiaen, Alain and Duruflé with Susan Landale in Paris, which concluded with a recital at St Lawrence Jewry in October 2015. Alexander’s upcoming engagements and projects include recitals at Southwark, Blackburn, Chester and Bradford Cathedrals, tours to France, Greece and Poland, an appearance at the Halifax Minster Festival with the Apollon Duo, the world premiere of the Hampstead Suite for organ and violin by David Loxley-Blount as part of the Proms at St Judes, and a concerto with the Misbourne Symphony Orchestra.
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