Director of Music

ALEXANDER KNIGHT MA (CANTAB) ARCO

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Alex was born in Manchester and spent his formative years as a pianist, obtaining his ABRSM Grade 8 at the age of nine. Alex began studying organ at The Manchester Grammar School with Simon Leach and subsequently moved to Cardiff, where he held the post of Director of Music & Organist at St Mary’s, Whitchurch. Alex held the Organ Scholarship and read for a music degree at Queens’ College, Cambridge between 2012 and 2015. With Queens’ College Choir, Alex toured and performed in Hong Kong, Paris, Budapest and Switzerland, and featured on the CD ‘For The Wings of a Dove’. 

Alex is currently Director of Music and Organist at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond, Graduate Music Assistant and Organist at Emanuel School and Accompanist for Canbury Singers. Between 2017 and 2018, Alex was Répétiteur for the Scheggino Opera Summer School and City Lit Opera Course, Musical Director for Maldon Festival’s Gilbert & Sullivan production of ‘Trial by Jury’ and Harpsichordist for the Bach ‘B minor mass’. Alex’s accompanying on organ, piano, and synthesisers has seen him collaborate with a variety of musicians and groups, including Reading Bach Choir, CUMS Chorus with Stephen Cleobury, Reverie Choir, St John’s Beaumont School, Ewell Castle School and the Honourable Artillery Company Band.

Alex has performed regularly as a solo pianist and organist. Recent organ recital venues include Queens’ College Cambridge, Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey. Alex has studied piano with Nigel Pitceathly, organ with David Thomas at Llandaff Cathedral and William Whitehead, conducting with Andrew Arthur and Paul Brough, and singing with Colin Baldy and Paul Plummer. In 2018, Alex was awarded his Associateship diploma of the Royal College of Organists with three prizes. In Alex’s spare time, he performs as a DJ and session musician, writes classical, electronic and alternative music, plays football and is an avid Manchester City fan.

Alex is always willing to meet prospective singers and organists, so do please get in touch if you’re interested. More information on joining can be found via the Join section.