Alexander studied flute, saxophone, composition and singing throughout his childhood before taking up the harp at 19 during his undergraduate degree in music at the University of York. He gained a Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of Sussex with Martin Butler and studied harp for many years with Gabriella dall’Olio and Helen Sharp, and latterly Isabelle Perrin. He also has had the pleasure of guidance from Claire Iselin, Sylvain Blassel, Rachel Masters and Bryn Lewis.
In 2011 Alexander composed the music for a new show - Berlinernacht - staged as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.
Alexander received a scholarship in 2013 to study composition at the St Magnus Festival with Sally Beamish and Alasdair Nicholson.
He worked with Morphic Graffiti on their critically acclaimed production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Arcola Theatre in London in 2015.
In 2018 Alexander collaborated with comedian and broadcaster Jack Rooke on his comedy-storytelling piece Love Letters, in a special commission by Latitude Festival and The Roundhouse, Camden. In 2019, Love Letters was performed in residency at the Piccolo in the Assembly George Square Gardens for the duration of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, produced by Berk’s Nest in association with Daisy Dockrill and Curtis Brown Talent.
In 2019 Alexander composed and performed the score for the film short Dawn of a New Gay, commissioned by Channel 4’s Random Acts. The short was selected for and screened as part of the 2019 British Film Institute London Film Festival and the 2019 Shout Festival of Queer Arts and Culture.
Alexander has toured the UK with the Unthanks and Rick Wakeman and performed live several times on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.
Alexander has provided entertainment for premiership footballers, celebrities, Snapchat, Liberty of London, and in many of the major London hotels - the Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square, the Sanderson, the Renaissance St Pancras, the Waldorf Hilton and the Marriott Park Lane. He has performed on Tuscan hillsides, in Manchester pubs, in several department stores, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Notting Hill Arts Club, The Ivy, on the streets of Brighton.. the list is varied and endless!
Alexander has been principal harpist of the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and resident at Sherborne (formerly Canford) Summer School of Music with it’s Symphony Orchestra for many years. He freelances across London and the UK as an orchestral harpist and soloist.
Alexander is a member of staff at Grange Park Prep School, North London, ranked in the top 60 independent Preparatory schools in the country. He teaches flute, saxophone, harp and piano.
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Booking Alexander could not be easier! Prices start from £320 and will vary according to location, event logistics and length of performance time. A deposit of £100 is taken to secure the booking, the remaining balance of the fee being due the week of the performance date. Get in touch and we can get started!
Live music is an integral part of any great wedding day, and a harp adds the perfect kind of unforgettable magic. Whether you are looking for music as part of the ceremony itself, a drinks reception or wedding breakfast, get in touch and Alexander will help you put a plan together with minimal fuss!
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