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Assistant Director of Music

 

 ALEXANDER

Alexander Binns is the Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, where he accompanies the cathedral choirs for services and concerts, assists in the training of the cathedral choirs, and runs and directs the St Edmundsbury Singers.

Prior to moving to Bury St Edmunds, Alexander was Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral, where he accompanied the cathedral choir for services, concerts, and tours to Iceland and Poland.

At Southwark he 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.

Alexander also previously held the organ scholarships at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and St Marylebone Parish Church, and St George's Chapel Windsor Castle, where he regularly accompanied and conducted the chapel choir and played for many members of the British Royal Family.

Alexander graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied the organ with Susan Landale and David Titterington, and performed in masterclasses under Olivier Latry, Bine Bryndorf, Eric Lebrun, Jon Laukvik, and Lionel Rogg.

Alexander 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 performed in many high profile projects; 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, a premiere 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 Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, St George's Chapel Windsor Castle, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, the cathedrals of Southwark, St Edmundsbury, Wells, Gloucester, Salisbury, Chichester, Coventry, St Albans, and Peterborough, the Ritz Hotel, the Chapel Royal at St James' Palace, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John's Smith Square, Snape Maltings, Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Holland), 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), Nuovo Teatro Communale Bolzano (Italy), Stadtstheatre Darmstadt (Germany), Neresheim Abbey (Germany), Palazzo dei Congressi Stresa (Italy) and Auditorium Salla dei Piazza Rimini (Italy).

Alexander has also performed at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Totally Thames Festival (in which he premiered a work by Lloyd Coleman), Halifax Festival, St Albans International Organ Festival, and has played on RTE Television (Ireland).

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 and the Monteverdi String Band.

As a soloist on the piano he has performed Mozart's Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor with Misbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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.

Alexander is engaged to Greek violinist Dora, with whom he formed the Apollon Duo in 2015.

In his spare time he attempts to learn Modern Greek, and looks after his two baby dwarf rabbits, Spotty and Lotty.