Alice Baker soprano
Alice started singing in her church choir at St Matthew’s, Redhill, at the age of nine and hasn’t looked back since. She began lessons when she was 10 and continued with them until leaving school at 18. Through this journey she gained Grade 8 Trinity Guildhall certification at distinction, as well as achieving the Dean’s Bronze Award.
After finishing school, Alice studied Wildlife Conservation at the University of Kent, where she was one of only two Choral Scholars in her year. This gave her the chance to continue her singing lessons under Juliet Schiemann, funded by the university. As a member of the University Chamber Choir Alice had the opportunity to sing in Canterbury Cathedral regularly in both the main nave and the crypt. She was a member of a total of four different choirs during her university career and ended up doing more hours singing than sitting in lectures!
After completing her degree, she came back to Reigate and started looking for a high quality choir to join. After hearing about the English Arts Chorale and successfully auditioning for a place, Alice quickly took up a regular position as a choir soloist at EAC concerts. A year after joining, Alice is very excited to take on this iconic piece, the Fauré ‘Requiem’ as her first major outing as soloist for the EAC, as a part of their 40th Anniversary celebrations.
Christopher Foster bass
Educated at Newcastle University and the Britten-Pears School, Christopher was a winner of the N.F.M.S. Young Concert Artists’ Award and one of the inaugural Samling Scholars.
An experienced performer, concert highlights have included the world premiere of Łukaszewski’s ‘Requiem’ (Presteigne Festival), Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ (Royal Festival Hall) and Handel’s ‘Messiah’ (Concert Hall, Forbidden City, Beijing).
In recital, he has championed English song, appearing at the English Music Festival on three occasions and featuring his programme ‘A Soldier’s Tale’, portraying the imaginery journey of a twenty year old man who is called to war, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI and the 75th anniversary of WWII. Recently Christopher sang in Mandarin at Cadogan Hall ‘in Nicholas Smith’s ‘Love, Friendship and Longing’. Operatic roles have included Mozart’s Sarastro and Leporello, whilst other parts have included Kawabata, Philip Glass ‘Hotel of Dreams’ (UK premiere); ‘Traveller’, Britten ‘Curlew River’; Peter Maxwell Davies ‘The Lighthouse’; ‘Arkel’, Debussy ‘Impressions de Pélleas’ and appearances in two operas by Edward Lambert at the Tête à Tête Festival.
Christopher studies with Gary Coward and Anna Sims but when not singing, he enjoys photography, fine wine, the cinema and cycling at the gym, though not necessarily in that order.
Alexander Binns organ
Alexander Binns 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.