alun thomas uk
workshop: tue 11 aug | details
Currently Alexander Technique Coordinator at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music in Greenwich, Alun has much experience working with musicians in the profession and students intending to enter it. He has also taught instrumentalists and singers at the Guildhall School of Music and given workshops for several professional orchestras, including the orchestra of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. He has also worked with actors such as Richard Wilson and other performers including the RSC.
As a violinist he has had a high level career, playing frequently with many of the well know orchestras in the UK, in concerts, tours and recordings starting out with 4 years as Co-principal 2nd and later Sub-principal 1st violin with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta in the 1990s. Since then he has played in principal positions with various orchestras, including Guest Principal 2nd with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as leader of the orchestra of London City Ballet and as a regular extra with other well known orchestras including Northern Sinfonia, RPO and BBC Philharmonic.
Most of his current and more recent work has been as a recitalist and chamber musician with his own groups, Chamber Spectrum. He has given recitals widely, both as a chamber musician with groups such as Triptych piano trio and with various duo partners. These have included a recital for the 'Young Music Makers' series on BBC Radio 3, in works by Bloch and Kreisler. He also has a love of the solo sonatas by Bach and has given performances of the complete cycle.
His passion for the violin coupled with his other main obsession - the working out for himself,
and teaching others about the principles of the Alexander Technique has provided much continued inspiration
for him to continue to develop his own playing. This quest has been to rediscover the art of violin playing,
harking back to an age when patience really was a virtue... He now helps others who also share this desire:
to discover a way of playing based on more natural principles -
embodied as they are in the understandings that inform the Alexander work.
Other interests that accompany him on this journey include keeping up with some recent discoveries in neuroscience. Such knowledge seems, in many ways, to connect with the experience of growth and 'self' learning that is central to the conscious control of our 'use'. He continues to be interested in the science and growing understanding of brain plasticity. More recently, zen sitting and other disciplines have continued to help him along the way...
He lives in Windsor with his partner and young daughter.