MA (Cantab), DPS (Mus Perf) (Birmingham Conservatoire)
Alex Laing is a violinist, conductor, teacher and writer. He is Head of Strings at Uppingham School where he conducts the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Senior String Ensemble. His violin students have enjoyed success as members of the National Children’s Orchestra (NCO) and of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He coaches chamber music to national standard: Uppingham’s chamber groups have regularly been champions in The Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival. Alex also enjoys passing on his love of chamber music to young people who attend the coaching weekend each summer at Uppingham School. Alex is founder and artistic director of the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra (DECO). The orchestra specialises in accessible classical music, drawing large audiences from across all generations. It also puts great store on promoting performers, including students, at the start of their careers. DECO has attracted the attention of the country's finest performers. Its first soloist was Simon Blendis (leader of the Schubert Ensemble) and other notable soloists include Jack Liebeck (Classical Brit Award winning violinist and professor at the Royal Academy of Music). Alex himself has appeared as soloist with DECO in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and in both the Bach double violin concerto and the double violin and oboe concerto (with George Caird). Alex acts as a violin tutor and conductor on National Children’s Orchestra courses. From 2012-2016 he was the artistic director and conductor of the NCO’s Easterlies orchestra. Alex also enjoys writing both about music and about teaching. He has an increasing portfolio of programme notes created for DECO, for recitals and for other performers. His articles on violin teaching and his reviews are regularly published in The Strad Magazine and in ARCO, for the European String Teachers Association (ESTA).
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