Alex Paxton (b.1990) is a prolific composer of chamber, orchestral, theatre, vocal music and music for children, based in London. His works have been performed at numerous concert venues and theatres across the UK and on the continent. Performances of Operas include “FOR the LOVE of THORSTEIN SHIVER” hosted by Helios Opera Collective and English National Opera,“BEL and the DRAGON” at the Britten Theatre as part of the Tête à Tête opera festival, “the EQUIVOCAL HARRIET BOWDLER” at Cockpit theatre Marylebone by Second Movement Opera and “WOOLF MUSIC” at the Forge in Camden. As a jazz composer his work has been played by the latest generation of innovative jazz musicians including; twice grammy-nominated singer Jacob Collier , singer and radio 3 presenter Emma Smith, BBC New Generation Artist Laura Jurd’s Chaos Collective Big Band and National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
As Leverhulme Arts Scholar, Alex was commisioned to write a piece NOW WE ARE DUH-DUR for the London Philharmonic Orchestra as a Young Composer 2016-17, conducted by Magnus Lindberg with funding provided by the The Leverhulme Trust.
His orchestral piece SPAKE was premiered by Ben Palmer, subsequently played by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and has been shortlisted for the British Section of 2017's World Music Days Festival in Vancouver by International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM). In 2018 Alex was awarded the Harriet Cohen Memorial Music Award for his compositions.
He studied jazz trombone and composition with Phillip Cashian, Christopher Austin, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Gary Carpenter and Pete Churchill at the Royal Academy of Music, where he graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music. Whilst being a student at RAM he was awarded the Ludlow English Song Prize, Evan Senior Scholarship and the J E West Prize.
Alex commenced his postgraduate studies on a full scholarship at the Royal College of Music as the Ian Evans Lombe Scholar under the supervision of Mark Anthony-Turnage and Jonathan Cole. Further funding was also provided from the Henry Wood Trust & Music Students’ Hostel Trust. Whilst being a student at RCM Alex won the prestigious Composers Concerto Competition, and was awarded a prize in the Theodore Holland Intercollegiate Composition Competition . He Graduated with Masters of Composition Distinction.
Alongside his work as a composer, Alex works professionally as an orchestrator & arranger and is credited on a number of leading musicals and recordings. He has also written original educational music and Schemes of Learning for schools and music services.
His writing has a wide range of influences including prose, visual arts, jazz and rhythmic music. Much of his work is interested in exploring the inherent musicality of written language in order to winnow away its semantic meaning and feast upon the fertile musical grist beneath.
pleasure in a fallen world...