Alex is active as a recitalist in the UK and abroad, having recently played at venues in Oxford, St Albans, Würzburg, Marburg, Tübingen and Heidelberg. He enjoys the challenge of tailoring programmes to fit different instruments, and then creating a unique colouring for the music with each individual organ's palette of sounds.
Week by week, Alex plays for the services of Choral Mattins and Evensong at St Peter's Church, St Albans, where he was heavily involved with the design and installation of the 3-manual Mander organ. This fine and very flexible instrument offers the opportunity to explore the whole gamut of the organ repertoire, from the very earliest keyboard music (dating to the fourteenth century) to the present day. Alex has a particularly strong affinity with the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and strives towards discovering exciting, coherent and historically-informed interpretations of music from throughout Europe. He is also at home in the core nineteenth- and twentieth-century repertoire, with particularly favourite composers being Rheinberger, Reger, Karg-Elert, Tournemire, and Messiaen. Alex has also added to the rich heritage of music originally written for other instruments being arranged to be played as organ solos. Most notably, he has made a complete arrangement of Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations as well as Purcell's Viol Fantazias.
Alex is uncompromisingly devoted to allowing music to communicate through appropriate rhetoric and phrasing, which he finds in an analytical approach and a composer's sympathy for the processes at work in others' compositions. Yet to bring this alive in performance is less a matter of the intellect, but the most important aspect of an organist's craft: a feel for the delicacy of touch required to make each organ sing to the best of its ability.
Listen to recordings of Alex's playing here.
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