British countertenor Alexander Simpson is a versatile young singer and actor who enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire and styles.
He has a particularly keen interest in the works of JS Bach and was a Runner-up in the London Bach Society’s Bach Singers Prize 2017. He is a scholar of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach series and has worked with some of the country’s leading baroque musicians. He appears regularly as a soloist for JS Bach’s St. John Passion (BWV 245), St Matthew Passion (BWV 244), Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), Easter Oratorio (BWV 249), Ascension Oratorio (BWV 11) and many cantatas, including BWV 170, 82, 54, 53 and 169.
Recent operatic roles include Arsace Partenope (Iford Arts Festival), Arcane Teseo (London Handel Festival), Refugee Flight (Royal Academy Opera), Lilas Pastia Carmen (Royal Academy Opera) and Juno Semele (Cambridge University Opera Society).
In addition, Alexander is a budding recitalist, winning the Rosenblatt Recitals Singing Prize in 2016. He has performed at various venues including Kings Place, Cadogan Hall and St George’s Hanover Square and is currently collaborating with ArtHouse Jersey.
Alexander read Music at St John’s College, Cambridge where he was a choral scholar under Andrew Nethsingha. He went on to the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded a full scholarship and graduated with a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital. He is now a member of Royal Academy Opera and studies with Michael Chance, Caitlin Hulcup and Ian Partridge.
Alexander is a grateful recipient of the ABRSM Scholarship Award, the Violin Irene Strutton Award, the Philip Hattey Scholarship, the Leverhulme Trust Postgraduate Scholarship, the Steel Trust Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.