Alexander Barnes is a music producer and professional musician. He trained as a cellist at the Royal Academy of Music, at Chetham’s School of Music, and performs with many of the UK’s finest symphony and chamber orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Alexander has also performed as Principal Cellist of the Trafalgar Sinfonia and Lancashire Sinfonietta . He has performed all of the major cello concertos with orchestras, and in chamber ensembles across Europe and North America.
Alexander has been engineering his own recording sessions and live performances since the age of 16, working with many of the finest young musicians in the world at Chetham’s and the Royal Academy. His experience as an Engineer gives him the tools to understand how to create a musically engaging recording, full of beauty and colour. As a professional musician he works with the performers to ensure that their exact musical intentions are captured, and every shape and nuance is faithfully recreated. His highly disciplined and critical ears ensure that every single note of even the most complex score is accounted for.
Alexander founded Apple and Biscuit Recordings in 2006, and has Engineered and Produced commercial sessions for Universal, Warner Classics, Signum, Toccata, Union Square, and privately for individuals and ensembles. In 2013 Apple and Biscuit Recordings began specialising in creating films of music, both live and in sessions. Alexander personally Produces and Directs all of these films.
Alexander’s clients include Blue Topaz, Classico Latino, CHROMA, Siglo de Oro, The Symphonic Brass of London, Classical Kicks, The Southwell Music Festival, Aldeburgh Music, the City of London Sinfonia and many more.
Alexander works as a freelance Music Specialist and Producer, including for the BBC2/Tiger Aspect series Howard Goodall’s Story of Music. For this series his roles included advising Production on musical matters, performing to camera, orchestrating and arranging, time-coding archive, assistant sound engineer, and orchestral librarian.