Alex joins us at St John’s after a year spent as Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Although much of his year in Windsor was affected by lockdowns, Alex worked regularly with the choir probationers, as well as occasionally accompanying and directing the choir. In January 2021, he was awarded his FRCO (playing) under the tutelage of Ann Elise Smoot.
Alex’s first experiences of choral music were as a chorister at King's College, Cambridge. He started playing the organ at the age of 14, at St Lawrence Church, Seal Chart, where he remained Organist for four years. During this time he gained the highest marks in the country for his playing in the ARCO examination, while studying with Robin Walker. When he was 16 years old, he founded The Tudeley Singers, and has since conducted them in services at several different cathedrals (including Westminster Abbey, where he was the youngest person ever to conduct a service). He has also organised and directed a number of concerts with the choir, which have included works by Fauré, Duruflé and Britten.
Heavily involved with local music, Alex was associated with over a dozen amateur ensembles during his time in Kent, including as Manager of The Lydian Orchestra. A firm believer in the positive impact music can have on society, Alex has raised over £7,000 for various charities through his music making, and has worked with several local primary schools to inspire musicians of the future.