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Alexander Eadon

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About Alexander

Versatile and experienced organist, conductor and singer.
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Eastbourne
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Although a born and bred Londoner, Alexander Eadon BA LRAM ARCO began his musical life as a chorister in the world-renowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. After five years as a Music Scholar at Harrow School and a gap year as Organ Scholar at St. Martin-in-the-Fields he trained at the Royal Academy of Music with David Titterington and Nicolas Kynaston for organ performance, Nigel Allcoat and Lionel Rogg for improvisation and Patrick Russill for Choral Direction. He furthered his studies at Middlesex University. Alongside this, he was Director of Music at Christ Church, Southgate in North London and Conductor of the Southgate Symphony Orchestra. He then spent two years simultaneously as Organist at Tewkesbury Abbey and School Organist of Dean Close School, Cheltenham (where the Abbey Choristers are educated), assisting with coaching the choristers and teaching within both the preparatory and senior schools. Between 2009 and 2015 he was the Choirmaster at Oundle School, directing the Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum on several broadcasts and on tour in Rome as well as in their weekly services, amongst many other musical activities throughout his tenure. He also enjoyed rugby coaching, being a deputy housemaster and a head of year. In September 2015 he moved to Eastbourne College to take on the newly-created role of Assistant Director of Music. Alexander is also Assistant Organist at Arundel Cathedral. He is able to pursue a freelance career alongside his school duties and is regularly found on concert hall platforms and in ecclesiastical buildings the world over – performances have included venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall as well as many UK Cathedrals in addition to trips to France and the USA. As a singer he is a regular deputy of several Cathedral choirs and other ensembles and was one of the founder-members of the internationally award-winning vocal ensemble The Songmen. He is also a regular staff member on the Eton Choral Courses and can undertake Sibelius typesetting projects.

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Traditional church music, Christmas, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Renaissance, Fanfare
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Church service, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session
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Other skills:
Arranger, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Singing teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Composer, Repetiteur, Transcription
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Song list

There is very little standard organ repertoire I do not play.
I am also happy to learn new things at short notice.
Please find below a list of recently performed music.
J S Bach - Fantasie and Fugue in g minor
J S Bach - Prelude and Fugue in a minor
J S Bach - Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor
J S Bach - Prelude and Fugue in G major
J S Bach - Toccata and Fugue in d minor
J S Bach - Toccata and Fugue in F major
Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
Dubois - Toccata
Fletcher - Festival Toccata
Guilmant - Sonata in d
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Howells - Psalm-Preludes
Lefebure-Wely - Sortie in E flat
Mendelssohn - Organ Sonatas I-VI
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Purcell - Trumpet Tune in D
Vierne - Final (Symphonie 1)
Vierne - 24 piece en style libre
Wagner - Bridal March
Walford Davies - Elegy
Widor - Toccata (Symphonie 5)
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I am always happy to be as flexible as possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

Practice time on an unfamiliar organ is always crucial to ensure a really polished performance. However the nature of where organs are means that rehearsal time can be at a premium.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Of course - but I am also very happy to help advise on what works well based on years of experience. Every organ (and indeed building in which it resides) is different and this may well be a factor in helping you make your choices.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Except an organ - but I am happy to advise on organ hire for a venue if appropriate.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely - I really enjoy learning new music.

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£180
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£300

Reviews

From customers:

Organists' R, 2 years ago

I enjoyed the repertoire on this CD, especially the lighter pieces, and it most definitely made for a pleasurable listening experience. Eadon’s registrations excellently capture the spirit of each work especially in the delightful quieter compositions where there are some lovely stop combinations. It is the first of a projected series of ‘Experience’ releases showcasing organs in the seaside town of Eastbourne. Eadon begins his journey at St Saviour’s Church, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of its consecration. It is apt to play Healey Willan’s Six Chorale Preludes as he was associated with St Saviour’s before he moved to Toronto. Nixon’s Pasticcio is a delight, as is Robert Jones’ take on the tune Happy Birthday; both will make you smile as Eadon uses the organ to great effect. Willowhayne has recorded the organ well and to conclude Paul Collins joins in the fun for the Sousa which brings a wonderful CD to a close. ​

MusicWeb I, 2 years ago

Alexander Eadon is no stranger to the CD catalogues having produced, among others, recordings on the Priory label at Oundle School where he was previously Choirmaster, and an earlier Willowhayne “Experience” disc from Arundel Cathedral. He is certainly a fine player who has chosen a suitably varied programme to show off both his own skills as an organist and the thoroughly English qualities of the 1926 Walker organ. As for the programme, two mainstays of the repertory – Franck’s A minor Chorale and Mendelssohn’s Sonata No.2 – sound just right, are given lively and solid performances, and show off the true nature of this instrument most effectively. Perhaps the most successful performances here are of Goss-Custard’s delightfully insouciant Chelsea Fayre and William Harris’s Preludes. Significantly both these works belong very much to the era of this instrument, and so we should not be surprised that they come off so well, but full praise to Eadon who plays them with pleasing sensitivity and an astute feel for the style.

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