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A harpist with a passion for the history and lore of the instrument, Alex Rider is much in demand for a wealth of projects both at home and abroad. With interests encompassing period performance to the newest music, recent highlights of Alex’s work include: orchestral work with the BBC Concert Orchestra, The London Concert Orchestra, The Ballet Rambert, the Aurora Orchestra, the Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique (at the BBC Proms and at the Berlioz Festival, France), as guest principal of the Opera of Kristiansund (Norway) performances as a member of Multi-Story Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta academy; solo recitals for the Canterbury, Deal and Stogumber Festivals; Solo concerti in Brighton and Norwich; numerous broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, including of Takemitsu’s chamber music (as part of the BBC total immersion series); travelling to the Banff centre, Canada, to play for the Canadian premiere of Britten’s opera Owen Wingrave; the world premieres of solo works by Robert Saxton and Simon Holt (at London’s Milton Court), and two consecutive summers performing with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra (Germany).
Whilst in Germany Alex made several acclaimed chamber appearances playing works by Mendelssohn, Hoffman and Ravel. During regular trips to Norway, he has also appeared playing Debussy’s Danses, chamber works by Ravel and Jolivet and broadcast on Norwegian radio.
Alex studied under the harp Gabriella Dall’Olio and Frances Kelly, and was then a scholarship student of Imogen Barford at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama, where he graduated with distinction, and was subsequently honoured with a Guildhall Artists’ fellowship. Active in the United Kingdom Harp association, Alex currently edits their magazine, HARP.
(photo credited to KATE BENJAMIN)