Our Musical Director, Alexander Binns
Alexander Binns is the Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, where
he is the principal organist for Cathedral services, and accompanist to the cathedral
choirs for services, concerts, recordings and tours. He also assists in the training
of the cathedral choirs, runs and directs the St Edmundsbury Singers, runs the Friday
Lunchtime Recital series, and is responsible for the Visiting Choirs.
Prior to moving to Bury St Edmunds Alexander held the position of Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral, where he accompanied the cathedral choir in daily services, concerts, and regularly directed them for services. At Southwark Alexander played for many high profile events including the London Service of Celebration for the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare, the Celebratory Evensong for the 60th Anniversary of the Friends of Cathedral Music, the Game of Thrones Opening Gala as part of Advertising Week UK, and toured with the cathedral choir to Iceland and Poland.
Alexander also held the positions of Accompanist of East London Chorus and Barnet Choral Society and Piano Tutor at St Marylebone School. Alexander also previously held the organ scholarships at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and St Marylebone Parish Church, where he accompanied and conducted two of London’s finest professional choirs. During his gap year, he held the organ scholarship at St George's Chapel Windsor Castle, where he regularly accompanied and conducted the world famous chapel choir and played for many members of the British Royal Family.
In July 2015 Alexander graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music,
where he studied the organ with Susan Landale and David Titterington, improvisation
with Gerard Brooks, conducting with Paul Brough, choral conducting with Patrick Russill,
harmonium with Anne Page, and continuo with Terence Charlston.
Whilst studying at the Academy he performed in masterclasses under Olivier Latry, Bine Bryndorf, Eric Lebrun, Jon Laukvik, Loïc Mallié, Lionel Rogg and Naomi Matsui, and attended study trips to Paris, Hamburg and Bordeaux.
Alexander has received numerous prizes at the Academy including the Eric Thiman Prize, the Gwen and Eric Windo Organ Award, the Stephen Bicknell Award and the Paton Award, and has performed in many high profile projects including; a performance of Britten's War Requiem with the Academy Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain under the direction of Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall on Remembrance Sunday 2014, two commercial recordings on the harmonium with the Academy Soloists Ensemble under the direction of Trevor Pinnock, the first performance of 'Compline' from 'The Hours' by Diana Burrell, a solo performance in the Academy's celebrated Bach Cantata Series, and a performance in the inaugural recital of the Academy’s new Kuhn organ in the Duke's Hall.