Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton


Assistant Director of Music

Alexander Hamilton is Assistant Director of Music at Wells Cathedral, a position he has held since September 2020. In this role, he plays the organ for the majority of services in the cathedral, assists in the training of the choristers and the running of the music department, and teaches the organ at Wells Cathedral School.

 

Prior to taking up his appointment in Wells, Alexander held organ scholarships at three of the country’s most prestigious institutions, Westminster Abbey, Trinity College, Cambridge and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. At both Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Alexander played the organ for both the daily services and a number of state occasions, and assisted James O’Donnell and James Vivian in the training of the choristers. He read Music as Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he accompanied the choir in its busy schedule of services, concerts and tours, as well as on a number of critically-acclaimed recordings for Hyperion, including discs of music by Stanford, Owain Park, Finzi, Vaughan Williams and Cecilia McDowall. He has studied the organ with Ann Elise Smoot, Colin Walsh and Stephen Farr, and has since 2018 studied with Henry Fairs at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Alexander won First Prize in the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition 2015. Recent engagements have included a Bach concert at the St Albans International Organ Festival, and recitals at the London Organ Day, King’s College, Cambridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, St John’s Smith Square and Westminster Abbey. During 2016-2017, he was Artistic Director of Bach at Trinity, a year-long recital series surveying the complete organ works of Bach. As a conductor, recent and forthcoming performances include performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio with his own ensemble, The Kilgour Consort.

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