Originally from Northamptonshire, Alex started his musical education on drum kit, but eventually moved on to playing percussion in county orchestras and ensembles. At the age of 17 he began playing the vibraphone in his local county big band, which first sprouted his interest in Jazz. Alex is now in his fourth and final year at the Royal College of Music, where he studies a mixed percussion course with Alex Neal, Ralph Salmins, Anthony Kerr and ex NYJO percussionist Hugh Wilkinson.
Being a percussion student at RCM has given him the opportunity to play more orchestral music in the RCM Symphony and Philharmonic orchestras, alongside the Big Band and jazz projects. He has also found himself playing much more contemporary music which, as a percussionist, can sometimes involve some very adventurous demands. The RCM has also given Alex many opportunities to work in education and workshop environments which he really enjoys. Outside of the RCM he is a keen performer of small band jazz music on both drums and vibes, as well as performing with and arranging for the Imperial College Big Band.
When Alex completes his studies at the RCM he hopes to play professionally exploring contemporary music and mixed ensemble repertoire, alongside modern jazz music. One of Alex’s greatest hobbies is making his own percussion instruments and collecting a variety of instruments from different world music and cultures, exploring unusual sounds and textures. He wants to someday travel the world to experience ethnic music first hand
The Vibes and Percussion Chair is supported by John East, who is a member of the Chairman’s Circle.