ALEX PAXTON

Composer. Improvising-trombonist.



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

EVERY DAY
Vocal Ensemble and Rhythm-section version.
FOOL in the RAIN (25 mins)
Song cycle. For Ensemble X.Y SONG
excerpts

VII. RAINY RAIN RAIN - Vocal ensemble and Piano


um...well...so what happened was…I left her and let the silhouette of coldkettle and cigarette regret the bowl of alphabetti spaghetti (microwaved merely for mother and formality) HESITATE before collecting my clear set plastic-bag-pound-shop-polythingime-jacket, kept for the inevitable onset of precipitation, and ran with it! racing towards my expecting-spectating lover excitedly excreting perspiration. O HOW EXHILARATING not to fret or forget but CELEBRATE the sensual secreting of sweet freshly flesh sweating redolence, that at first lay low kept abated by slow biology yet only delayed by later bacterial changes when you bet once warm inside without warning it leapt and let out a mighty cry of “RAINY RAIN SMELLS!”

III. BLOW BLOW BLOW - SATB




PURLPLE TREE TAPESTRY (12 mins)
for 11 players and Counter-tenor



FOR the LOVE of THORSTEIN SHIVER (25 mins) opera


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.

For the love of love, music, vikings or those who love to look forward to a bit of mid- morning “me” time on the john.

But please do wash your hands afterwards.

Premiered in conjunction with English National Opera and Helios Opera Collective.

Alex Paxton Composer and librettist

Flavio Graff Co-Director
Jefferson Miranda Co-Director
Zara Fyfe Assistant Director
Irune Arbiol Design Assistant
Zoe Hammond Design Assistant
Noah Mosley Conductor
Tamara Lorenzo Gabeiras Répétiteur
Barbara Cole Walton
Fae Evelyn
Flora Macdonald
Tom Asher
Tom Morss



PUDDING TUMMY
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

RAVEN’s CHILD (15mins)
monodrama for orchestra and  male singer.
juicy bits excerpts

BEL and the DRAGON opera (20mins)

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, eat your neighbour!


words & music Alex Paxton
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
.

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

NOGGIN and the WHALE.
Community Opera 
(45mins)
500 instrumentalists (ages 4-18),Children’s orchestra, Large children’s chorus, Tenor, Narrator, Improvisers and soloists.

Noggin and the Whale.




http://www.chiswickbuzz.net/new-noggin-children-s-opera-premieres-in-chiswick

SONG selection from Noggin and the Whale This is the Story... Tutti

Gimme Good Presents. Band, Tutti Orchestra, Youth orhcestra, Children’s Chorus

Trumpet Crumpet. Band, Tutti Orchestra, Youth orhcestra, Children’s Chorus

You Are So Old!
Band, Children’s Orchestra, Youth orhcestra, Children’s Chorus



Harbour Master’s Rap! Band, youth orhcestra rappers, tutti improvisers

Much Too Clever for Me. Band, youth orhcestra, Children’s Chorus, tutti improvisers

Goodbye Whale. Band, Youth orhcestra, Tenor, Children’s Chorus

“Cling” sings the Barrel on his Massive Nose.
Band, youth orhcestra, Children’s Chorus
Myles Eastwood Producer and Engineer
Eastwood Records Limited

WOOLF MUSIC
Radio Opera with improvisation
Premiered at the Forge Camden.

words & music Alex Paxton



SHOUT INTO the SILENCERound for Jubilate Children's Worship 750 voice Chorus,
Bow Bones Sackbut Unit, Organ.

Pray. So we will pray. So we will pray. So we will pray.
We will play as well. We will play as well. We will play as well. We will play as well. And then we're gunna sing. And then we're gunna sing. And then we're gunna sing. And then we're gunna sing.Shout into the Silence! Shout into the Silence! Shout into the Silence! Shout into the Silence!
Sing I am. I am. I am. I pray.


The EQUIVOCAL HARRIET BOWDLER
Opera with improvisation first premiered at the Cockpit Theatre as part of the Second Movement Rough for opera.
Studio recording:

words & music Alex Paxton
 

Composer / librettist - Alex Paxton
Director - Laura Bowler
Harriet Bowdler - Louise Wilcox
Thomas Bowdler - Jack lawrence-Jones
Conductor - Marc Hajjar
Sackbut -Owen Dawson
B. Clarinet Joy Boole
Drum Kit - J J Wheeler
Violin -Sara Cubarsi
Viola – Joe Bronstien
Cello - Tom Issacs



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 in order to erase them.Harriet also wrote, 50 editions of “Sermons on the Doctrines and Duties of Christianity”, anonymously name 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 neither Shakespeare nor Bowdler.


WINDMILL WOMAN
words & music Alex Paxton

premier Jack Lion's Theatre. London.

THE POMEGRANATE SONG (7mins)Mezzo-soprano, alto saxophone, trombone, violin.
text and music Alex Paxton. Based on a lyric by Thomas Handley.
Sinead O Kelly - Dramatic soprano
Sara Cubarsi - Violin
Ronnan Perrat -Alto saxophone
Owen Dawson - trombone




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