Alex J. Hall is a British-Canadian composer, arranger, singer and musician based in London, UK. Alex recently achieved a distinction for his Masters at the Royal Academy of Music in composition with Gary Carpenter and Edmund Finnis, having previously graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with first-class honours in composition, studying with Paul Whitmarsh, winning both the Edmund Rubbra prize for best composition and the Rose Lawrence award for highest academic achievement.
As a composer, Alex has written many concert works for ensembles including Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Contemporary Orchestra, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, CHROMA ensemble, Tritium Trio, City Chamber Choir (as Composer-in-Association), Barbican Sinfonia, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, and soloists including Huw Watkins, Michael Foyle, Quinta, Jonathan Powell and Aino Konkka. Alex was recently featured on Sound and Music’s “Next Wave 2” scheme, for which his piece “Luminalia” was premiered by Royal Northern Sinfonia & soloist Quinta at Sage Gateshead in January 2018, and was released on NMC Recordings. Alex has a particular interest in writing for theatre, having worked as composer on a number of recent projects including the Frank Wedekind play Lulu (dir. Christian Burgess) in November 2015 in Silk Street Theatre, and “Go, Make You Ready” (dir. Patsy Rotenburg OBE & Sue Lefton) which toured to China and was featured on the BBC iPlayer as part of the Shakespeare 400 event in March 2016. He has also scored a few short films, including Donald (dir. Andrew Montague). Alex is also an experienced arranger and orchestrator, having completed a number of arrangements for London Musical Theatre Orchestrator (LMTO) and the GSMD Pops Orchestra.
As a Tenor, Alex has worked in a variety of genres on many shows. In recent years he has been more involved in Opera, most recently performing in the contemporary chamber opera “Boys Of Paradise” by Vahan Salorian as part of the Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival in EGG London, which was praised for its “Thrilling, sexy singing”. Other Opera roles include Alcindoro (cover) in Puccini’s La Boheme (Frogmore Paper Mill, 2016, cond. Audrey Hyland), Solo Baritone in Maricio Kagel’s Staatstheatre (Milton Court 2015, dir. Loré Lixenberg). Alex has a keen interest in contemporary repertoire, recently premiering Geoffrey King’s “3 Whitman Songs” in 2017, and performing the music of Richard Rodney Bennett in-recital at St-Mary-at-Hill, and was also a choral scholar at St. Luke’s Church, Chelsea in 2017/18. Alex has also worked in Musical Theatre and Jazz, including productions of Songs for A New World (Silk Street Theatre ,2014) and Sweeney Todd (also as assistant MD, Frogmore Paper Mill, 2016), as well as singing for big bands and ensembles including a post as resident singer for the GSMD Pops Orchestra and was also head of the GSMD Musical Theatre Society for 2 years.
Alex also works as a multi-instrumentalist in London for a variety of clients and events. He is currently accompanist and arranger for the London Humanist Choir, which has led to performances with or alongside Stewart Lee, Phillip Pullman & Richard Dawkins, and has accompanied many choirs and vocalists in London Venues including Sheldonian Theatre, Camden Roundhouse, Cadogan Hall & Conway Hall. In December 2015, he was accompanist and arranger for Sara Pascoe’s Christmas Assembly at the Battersea Arts Centre (4*’s The Guardian). Most recently, he played Keys 2 in Vivo D’Arte’s production of West Side Story (Frogmore Paper Mill, 2017) and Bass in Imperial College MTSoc’s production of Merrily We Roll Along. (March 2015).