Alexander Binns

Alexander is Director of Music at Derby Cathedral - the youngest cathedral director in England. He is responsible for the operation of the Music Department and directing the cathedral choir for services, concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours. Prior to this he was Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral for three years.
Alexander graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied the organ with Susan Landale and David Titterington. He held the organ scholarships at Southwark Cathedral, Royal Hospital Chelsea and St Marylebone Parish Church, accompanying and directing some of London’s finest choirs. During his gap year, he held the organ scholarship at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, where he accompanied and conducted the world famous Chapel Choir and played for many members of the British Royal Family.
Described by the Organ Magazine as ‘one of our finest young players’, Alexander has performed at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings and in several European countries. Orchestral work includes performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, touring Europe with the European Union Youth Orchestra, and working under the batons of Marin Alsop, Gianandrea Noseda and Trevor Pinnock. He has premiered works by composers Diana Burrell, Simon Lindley, David Fawcett and Lloyd Coleman. Alexander is married to Dora, a professional violinist, with whom he co-founded the Apollon Duo. They have a one year old son, Peter.

 

Alexander is the organ soloist in Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, in St Mary's Church Reigate on November 30th 2019.