Meet the composer: Jake Alexander
Since the launched our digital music store in 2017, we’ve been approached by many composers and arrangers about featuring their music on the site. As you can imagine, we spend a lot of time considering whether a particular composer’s work will appeal to our audience of choir leaders, and whether they will think it will make great repertoire for their choirs.
We didn’t have to think very hard about Jake’s arrangements before we said a emphatic YES! He has such a beguiling way of interweaving melodies and harmonies that we were instantly won over. Perhaps one of the reasons he writes so well for choirs is that he leads one himself.
The three songs we’re featuring in this post work brilliantly together to create a suite that evokes the beauty of the British countryside and tells timeless tales of love and longing.
A multi-talented musician and community choir leader
Jake is a composer, arranger, cellist, singer and choir director. Originally from St Ives, Cornwall, he moved to London in 2002 to study composition at Trinity Laban with Andrew Poppy and Deirdre Gribbin. Jake has written and recorded music for a number of diverse projects, including Ghost Lines, a play based on poems by Julia Copus, A Moment to Leave, a collaboration with choreographer Helen Kindred and In Search of Lost Time, an adaptation of Proust’s novel for BBC Radio 4.
He is musical director of Quaggy Community Choir, based in Lewisham, and Dancing Strong, a contemporary dance company that specialises in creating work for young audiences.
Jake is a licensed London Underground busker, and can often be heard playing his electric cello at Waterloo, Marble Arch and various other stations on the Tube. He also forms one half of indie folk duo, The Sea Kings, with whom he writes, sings and plays percussion. Their self-titled debut album is available on their website (theseakings.co.uk). Meanwhile, a collection of Jake’s solo material can be found on his personal site.
We’re delighted to have Jake on board as one of our composers and we hope you and your choirs love his work as much as we do.
For mixed voices
For women's voices