Alexander Binns

Director of Music

Alexander joined Derby Cathedral as Director of Music in April 2019, where he is responsible for the operation of the Cathedral’s Music Department and directing the Cathedral Choir. Before moving to Derby Alexander spent three years as Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk.

Alexander is a prize winning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied the organ with David Titterington and Susan Landale and conducting with Patrick Russill and Paul Brough. Alongside his studies at the Academy Alexander held the organ scholarships at Southwark Cathedral, the Royal Hospital Chelsea and St Marylebone Parish Church. Prior to studies in London Alexander held the organ scholarship at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. As an organist Alexander has performed at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Festival Hall, Snape Maltings and abroad in France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands. He has played with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Monteverdi String Band and performed under the batons of Marin Alsop, Gianandrea Noseda and Trevor Pinnock.

Alexander is married to Dora, a professional violinist, and they have a one year old son, Peter. Dora and Alexander co-founded the Apollon Duo, a violin and organ duo which explores the repertoire for this seldom heard combination of instruments.

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