ALEX PAXTON

Composer. Performer.



Music for Concerts
Music for Operas (also music-theatre & vocal)
Music for Jazz
Music for Films
Music for Theatres
Music for Children

TROMBONE & Improvisation
Orchestrations & Arrangements
Music Leader



FOOL in the RAIN (25 mins) - ensemble excerpt
For Ensemble X.Y SONG
6 singers and piano
excerpt BLOW BLOW BLOW.




BEL and the DRAGON

Premiered at the Britten Theatre as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival.

words & music Alex Paxton

BEL and the DRAGON imitates the
form and pacing of the original biblical miniature (composed circa 500BCE). I was immediately attracted to the book by its wonderful eating motive which provides a comic impetuous that goads the reader through the three scenes.

I love food! I set out to tell the story through a comestible exegeses.
I love mealtimes! It is a triumph of the human spirit that despite the fact that eating is merely an ineluctably violent alternative to photosynthesis, almost all human societies and religions, throughout known history, celebrate mealtimes with togetherness.
I love music! Munchy munch chew chew chew gulp spittle teeth graunch grind chop smack smile blood love and laugh; the language of mastication that binds the offal of man-kind into a faggot, regardless of epoch religion and race. Love food, love music, love your neighbour.


Conductor - Lionel Friend
Director - Bill Banks-Jones

DANIEL - Joel Williams
KING - Kieran Rayner
DRAGON PRIESTESS - Cherise Lagasse
ANGEL - Polly Leech
HAGGARD COW - Daniel D'Souza



excerpts from ‘Little Nell’ (15mins)
Monodrama for orchestra and Voice




“One must have a heart of stone to read the death
of little Nell with out bursting into tears…of laughter” – Oscar Wilde



The EQUIVOCAL HARRIET BOWDLER
Premiered at the Cockpit Theatre as part of the Second Movement Rough for opera.

words & music Alex Paxton

The “Family Shakespeare” was a popular collection of expurgated
Shakespeare plays first published in 1807 under the name of Thomas Bowdler. It was infact, the creation of his sister Harriet Bowdler, who could not have published openly because it would have been lurid to imagine that a lady could have computed the innuendo and “immoral” passages of Shakespeare.

Harriet also wrote, 50 editions of “Sermons on
the Doctrines and Duties of Christianity”, anonymously named, for which the bishop of London offered a clergyman’s wage in his diocese.

The text is derived of the fragments from
a bowdlerised Shakespeare play, a bowdlerised Bowdler preface to a bowdlerised Shakespeare play and an original prologue bowdlerising both Shakespeare and Bowdler.

words & music Alex Paxton

Conductor - Marc Hajjar
Director - Laura Bowler

Harriet Bowdler - Louise Wilcox
Thomas Bowdler - Jack lawrence-Jones


Sackbut -Owen Dawson
B. Clarinet Joy Boole
Drum Kit - J J Wheeler
Violin -Sara Cubarsi
Viola – Joe Bronstien
Cello - Tom Issacs





NOGGIN and the WHALE (30mins) children’s opera based on the T.V show and book by Oliver Postgate
Commissioned by Pelican Music Service.
                   400 instrumentalists(ages 4-18), Large children’s chorus, Tenor, Narrator and soloists.


FOR the LOVE of THORNSTEIN SHIVER
opera commisioned and hosted by Helios Opera Collective and ENO

image by Flavio Graff



words & music Alex Paxton
Conductor - Noah Mosley
Director - Jefferson Miranda, Flavio Graff


A prayer FOR the LOVE of THORSTEIN SHIVER:

O music! O great redeemer!
Ineluctable modality of the audible:
At least that if no more, thought through my ears.
Come, thou glorious monarch of sound!

Amidst the clammer of strain and splat on porcelain,
A thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about my ears,
While I,  relishing delightful religious rite and ribaldry,
Limp the gait of the gelded
And skid (still straining) into the streaky basin.
Splosh! Oh dear. Drain. Wipe. Cadenza.
Cadence! Rejoice!
Amen. Joy. Yes.


PUDDING TUMMY - children’s chorus excerpt
for children’s chorus and piano



“This is the tummy where I put my pudding when the main course tummy is full”
excerpt.  copyright©alexpaxton


WOOLF MUSIC
radio opera
Premiered at the Forge Camden.

words & music Alex Paxton

Woolf Music is based on Virginia Woolf’s short story “The String Quartet” (1921). The text is compiled from the writings of Virginia Woolf (1882–1941).

“Do I dare say I listened? If one gets a lot of pleasure, real divine pleasure, knows the tunes, and only occasionally thinks of other things, surely I may say I listened!?”

“Sat here like an improviser with my hands rambling over the piano, the result is perfectly inconclusive and almost alliterate.”

excerpt.  copyright©alexpaxton



Virginia Woolf 1. Soprano - Harriet Burns
Virginia Woolf 2. Mezzo - Jessica Ecclseston
Virginia Woolf 3. Actor - Louise Wilcox
Virginia Woolf 4. Actor - Victoria Gimby

Violin – Sara Cubarsi
Viola - Uilleac Pimenides Whelan
Cello – James Douglas
Double Bass – Adam Wynter

Drums – David Ingamells
Bass – Misha Mullov-Abbado
Piano – Thomas Ang
Guitar – Rob Luft




ANGEL, DANIEL and KING eating grass like an Ox. BEL and the DRAGON

A complete collection of  available recordings can be found in Alex’s sound diary here...


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