Alex Hiam trained at the Universities of Bristol and New College, Oxford and has a particular interest in early music, both as a performer and in an academic capacity. Because of this passion, at university he took the full two year course in transcription and editing, passing with the highest mark ever awarded in the subject; and for his final project, submitted a fully transcribed and formatted edition of Pecalli’s ‘Tavola delli concerti’.
Alex has directed many ensembles and choirs and works both locally as an organist, and in London as a a répétiteur and harpsichordist. As Music Director for Worth Parish, he is responsible for developing the individuals whose contributions make up the musical offerings in church, particularly Worth Choir, who sing at St Nicholas’ Worth, and also a festival choir who perform biannually.
Under his direction, performers are inspired and their energy is shaped into something worthwhile, yet he is always conscious of balancing the need for the highest musical standard against the fact that everyone has volunteered their time and effort. In other words, he is a hopeless optimist equipped with a never ending supply of patience!
Alex says “An inclusive and well-bonded choir will produce a better choral sound, so I try to nurture the growth of choir members, not only through targeted and challenging rehearsals, but also with social activities and by finding out what motivates individuals. For example, I have supported members who have wanted to try accompanying or conducting, I have provided audio files for those whose sight-reading is still developing and I have taught music theory to the younger members.”
Should you wish to try singing with Worth Choir, you can contact Alex on firstname.lastname@example.org