Alexander Barnes is a music recording and video 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 been engineering and producing 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 a sound 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’s clients include BBC Radio 3, BBC Singers, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hamish Ogston Foundation, Snape Maltings, Leeds Lieder Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, Opera Holland Park, City of London Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, London Mozart Players, The English Concert, Blue Topaz, Classico Latino, CHROMA, Siglo de Oro, The Symphonic Brass of London, Classical Kicks, The Southwell Music Festival.
His solist and chamber clients include Maxim Vengerov, Nicola Benedetti, Steven Isserlis, Alexandra Dariescu, Jennifer Pike, Anna Patalong, Paul Carey Jones, The Aquinas Piano Trio, The Tippett Quartet, Phacelia Ensemble 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.