Alexander studies music composition at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where his is a Sunday for Sammy Trust and The Leverhulme Trust Fund scholar. He has been working as composer and orchestrator on several major projects, including the BBC THREE television and BBC Radio 3.He also was awarded honourable praise from the Los Angeles based orchestra KALEIDOSCOPE ORCHESTRA for his entry of Leda and Her Children, which had it’s UK premier in January 2015 at the Royal Northern College of Music.
LISTEN: Jack in the Box for solo clarinet
Fung YatShan, clarinet
Friday 27th November 2015, Carole Nash Recital Room, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK.
The piece explores ways of transition between a six note harmonic row and has a character of the children’s toy that consists of a box with a crank. When the crank is turned it plays a melody and at the end of the tune there is a ‘surprise’, the lid pops open to reveal a clown or jester figure. The Jack in the box toy originates back to the 14th Century, and was originally intended to be a fun, innocent toy to have. This piece dovetails that idea, and symbolises a horrific creature which is trying to escape the box. Key click sound represents the clown knocking inside the box at the start and end of the piece with the middle sections of the work portraying the character and joke of the ‘Jack in the box’.