Meyrick Alexander

Meyrick Alexander

Between 2010 and 2017 Meyrick Alexander served as Head of Woodwind at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama before which he had held the position of Principal Bassoon in the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1980. He began his career as a member of several leading orchestras including the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia.

Meyrick is Principal Bassoon of the London Chamber Orchestra and has played period instruments with John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. He is a regular guest principal with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has performed extensively as a chamber musician and as a guest with nearly every British symphony and chamber orchestra, and has also played as a soloist at the annual International Double Reed Conference in the USA, Australia and the UK. He has also been the soloist in concertos with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Christopher Warren Green, Kenneth Montgomery and Pawel Kotla with orchestras including the Philharmonia, Ulster, and London Chamber Orchestras. Recently he has performed as soloist in Panufnik’s Concerto in Rzseszow to mark the composer’s centenary and gave the first Polish performance of Jacob’s Concerto in Radom. Solo recordings include Vivaldi and Mozart on Collins Classics and Mozart for DG and a recital recording “The Wandering Bassoon” with pianist Catherine Milledge.

In contemporary music, he is the dedicatee of a number of solo works and has performed with the London Sinfonietta and the Nash Ensemble. He has been a member of the teaching staff at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Royal Northern College of Music and he regularly gives masterclasses and recitals at all the leading conservatoires in Britain and several in Europe, Australia, USA and the Middle and Far East. He has also served on the jury on three major international competitions.

Meyrick was involved in the creation of the !-Culture Orchestra featuring young musicians from seven eastern European countries and in 2016 was the bassoon tutor for Ventus Optimus in Lodz, as well as coaching the bassoons in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the woodwind section of the Ulster Youth Orchestra.

Meyrick is a keen chamber musician and is a member of Cardiff Winds with whom he has recorded a disc entitled “Morning Music”. He is a regular guest with London Winds and has also played with the Gould Trio, the Galliard, the Nash and the New London Chamber Ensemble.