An intimate production which explores the strange life of the composer, in his own words. The ensemble features instrumentalists, including an accordionist, and a solo singer playing the role of Satie himself.
Explore the mind of one of the 20th century's most extraordinary composers.
"Erik Satieâs Memoirs of an Amnesiac' is a set of surreal, humorous vignettes based on Satieâs writings. Drawing heavily on his own music, the show looks to transport the audience to the eccentric, ritualistic and uncanny world of Erik Satie."
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I was delighted to make my debut with St Paul's Opera, Clapham this July, performing the titular role in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring.
All Images credits: Jo Brent Photography
I am delighted to re-join Hampshire-based choral group Esprimo for their concert, Songs of a Wanderer, in Winchester on Friday 22 April.
Join Esprimo for an evening recital of choral meditations for the Easter season, featuring sacred works from the Renaissance through to contemporary arrangements of classic folksongs.
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) with refreshments available after the recital, which will run for approximately one hour.
Live @ St Mark's is committed to supporting and promoting the up-and-coming stars of the classical music world. The soloists in this performance, and most of the orchestra, are young professional musicians.
Evangelist - William Searle
Pilate - Ben Poore
Soprano - Sophia Yan Jin
Alto - Lauren Macleod
Tenor - Alexander Akhurst
Bass - Robert Medina
Leader - Theresa Caudle
Conductor - Daniel Collins
I am delighted to announce that I will perform the role of Acis in G.F. Handel's Acis and Galatea.
The production, directed by David Foster, is alongside the New Sussex Opera Chorus and New Sussex Opera Baroque Ensemble.
Acis – Alex Akhurst
Galatea – Kathryn MacRae
Polyphemus – Andrew Robinson
Damon – Olivia Hemmings
Conductor – Nicholas Houghton
Director – David Foster
Presenting An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan with the Twyford Singers.
Join me at these upcoming performances in March 2022, featuring favourite arias and ensembles from the G&S Savoy operas, and a full concert performance of Trial By Jury.
The evening performances take place at 7.30pm in Twyford Parish Hall, and tickets are £15 (£8 under 16s).
Find out more and purchase tickets here.
Following my completion of studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, I have spent the summer combining ongoing singing work with a role in events and marketing, and like many others, also took some much-needed time to enjoy the great weather.
Hammersmith BID Summer Festival 2021
In my new role in Hammersmith, I have experienced working in a busy events role, collaborating with organisations to organise public events while still dealing with many ongoing challenges presented by the Coronavirus Pandemic.
With more artistic events and projects coming up, I am excited for the next few months in this role, and for the flexibility to continue gaining experience as a performer in London alongside it.
Live @St Marks
August 2021 performance at St Paul's Hammersmith (excerpt):
We'll be based in the middle of the Netley, Hamble and Bursledon area, with easy transport links into Southampton and Portsmouth. We're looking forward to welcoming audiences and musicians both locally and from further afield.
Take a look at our launch video below to hear about what we'll be up to over the coming months!
It doesn't fix anything to be frustrated and sad about our situation, but it's also very important to allow ourselves to feel what we need to feel about the situation we're in today. A third national lockdown is not how we wanted to start 2021, and for many of us who are struggling to feel secure, it's a struggle to stay motivated - I'm very happy for the opportunities which have been offered to me over the past two months.
In advent, I was fortunate to have quite a few ongoing projects. I was pleased to be involved in Random Opera Company's #OperaInLockdown project, and their team made such a success of three digital performances under difficult circumstances: I was very glad to be involved in all three:
- Messiah (Handel)
- Il Nozze di Figaro (W.A. Mozart)
- A gala concert featuring professional and student singers from around the world
Although many of us miss performing on stage, it was great to be given a sense of purpose and an end goal to aim towards - the creation of some brilliant performances. Take a look at Random Opera's Youtube Channel and support them if you can!
Even More Messiah
High-quality recordings were made of this performance, and I will share them on my website when they have been made available!
Puzzle Piece Opera
It was a pleasure to help organise and promote, as well as to sing in, the very successful Puzzle Piece Opera Gala concert last term. I'm looking forward to being involved in more more projects this term, including coordinating New Works Project and also performing in the spring production of The Marriage of Figaro (W.A. Mozart) In English.
We have once again been hit with a set of difficult restrictions on our lives and livelihoods as we try to deal with this pandemic as a community. Those of us in education are very fortunate that at least this part of our lives can carry on in some way, with our ability to use the college buildings and have in-person teaching unaffected where necessary.
Because we don't know what may happen at the end of this period of lockdown, public performances can can only really be provisionally planned, but there are some things to look forward to if you, like me, can't wait for a return to live music and theatre, and the sense of community and empowerment that they bring.
Here's a selection of some of the things I've been up to over the past month, and also a quick look at some things that are 'in the pipeline':
It was brilliant to once again work with the direction of Jennifer Hamilton to produce a staged recording of an excerpt from G.F. Handel's Jeptha. I played the title role, and learned a lot about playing the role of someone who is in torment and emotional breakdown, while not compromising the quality and connectedness of my singing.
I also played the role of Caramello in Eine Nacht in Venedig by J. Strauss II. This set of scenes has been sound recorded, but we are continuing to work on producing something special to accompany this audio, so look out for that too!
Recording of these will be available once production is complete - most likely at the start of 2021.
In the period immediately after the lockdown is projected to end, there are some exciting performances, including:
...Alongside these, I plan to keep producing recorded content and taking part in online projects, while preparing for a few exciting live performances in the new year (more information to follow).
New works projects
Since performing in the premiere of Georgia Barnes' composition A Time of Empty Tales in September, I have continued to work with Trinity Laban composers.
In December, I am performing part of a quartet piece, also by Georgia Barnes, which will be premiered at the Puzzle Piece Opera gala concert on Monday 7th December.
This term I have also featured in Theo Karpinski's composition, Broken, which was premiered for Trinity Laban's Rude Health festival last week. You can see the first instalment below:
Alex is a classical singer and theatre performer based in London. He also works in Marketing & PR, and offers consultancy services across the UK.