Read how I’ve developed my portfolio since I started out in 2007.
He is working on a second musical, Omerta, with award-winning writer Nicol Walsh. Songs he wrote were featured in the 2007 national tour of the London Shakespeare Workout’s Black Atlas which was directed by Bruce Wall. The play was described as “gripping”, “moving”, “powerful” and “intense” by the BBC’s Helen Otter and “a joyous and affirming experience” by Artsweb Wales. Black Atlas received its American premier as part of a double bill with Lifting the Mask off-Broadway in 2008.
Music by Xander was written for Bartholomew Road Productions’ Alexander which was premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival at The Studio at St Augustine’s. The verse play about the personal life of Alexander the Great featured actors Constance Dalrymple, Ivan Todorov, Ben Reves, Scott McFarlane and Alek Hayes in the title role and received 4 star reviews.
In April 2007, Xander worked as a copyist for the development of the musical Raindogs written by Andrew McBean which is based on Lanford Wilsoni’s play Balm In Gilead. The show was premiered in London’s West End after being developed at the Actor’s Centre in May 2007. The showcase featured musical theatre performers Julie Atherton and Oliver_Tompsett. The project was musically directed by Tom Deering and Toby Higgins.
Xander has written several short pieces for woodwind instruments, songs and choral works and pieces for solo piano, some of which have won first place in regional competitions. He is currently working on Nexus – a piece for tuned percussion, drum kit and piano as well as a piano concerto, Phoenix. In 2011, he completed his first concerto, Horizon inspired by the works of sculptor, Miles Halpin.
In June 2007, Xander’s string orchestra piece Stop All The Clocks (based on WH Auden’s poem of the same title) was shortlisted in the world-wide Fauxharmonic Orchestra Competition. It was judged as being “an impressive work that deserve to be recognized which stood out in particular for outstanding quality and emotional power” by a panel featuring composer Mason Bates, Laura Frautschi and Steven Scott Smalley. Xander has been mentored by one of the finalist’s of the competition, celebrated composer Andrew Lowe Watson.
Xander Hough assisted with the set up of new independent London publishing company STAUNCH Music Publishing in August 2007. Set up by Joel Garthwaite, STAUNCH specialises in modern music by composers such as Eric Schwartz, Ashley-John Long and Andrew Keeling. Their publications include commissions by the critically acclaimed Lunar Saxophone Quartet. Xander performed copyist and score setting for many of STAUNCH’s debut publications as well as setting the publisher’s house style.
Xander’s flute work, the Vento Flute Sonata was enjoyed by leading flautists Andy Findon, Gareth McLearnon and Gareth Hanson.
He has provided orchestrations and arrangements for a variety of organisations since starting out in 2007 including Oxford Gospel Choir, Pewsey Vale School, the Woodhouse Players, Royal Holloway Music Theatre as well as for all his own work.
In 2010, Xander’s orchestrations for progressive rock band Whimwise were featured at Glastonbury.
Xander is a trained flautist specialising in the more unusual members of the flute family including the piccolo, alto and bass flute, playing in shows and several ensembles.
He has worked on such productions as Jesus Christ Superstar (RHMT), The Witches of Eastwick (OBSU Fortune Players), Annie (Pewsey Vale), Nunsense and Stepping Out (Binfield Bards). He was also first call flautist for Stage Fright Theatre Company performing at their debut cabaret, From West End to Broadway in 2008.
Xander was one of the principle flautists for Beenham Wind Orchestra and has worked with soloists such as Caroline Woodhouse and conductor Robert Roscoe. He also performed with Reading Flutes which is run by flautist Clare Mellor.
He is available for recording sessions, short runs of shows/gigs including one night gigs and has experience playing for theatre, recording sessions, playing in classical ensembles as well as in more unconventional performance set ups such as live jazz and gospel.
Xander works at the Barbican Centre and Guidhall School of Music & Drama as an HR advisor providing support to managers and employees for their HR needs. He is also a qualified workplace mediator.
Prior to this, he worked at the Broadway Theatre in East London as an Administration Manager. Xander worked as an executive producer providing administrative support for all in house productions including co-productions with Wishbone Publishing in December 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Xander was Marketing Officer for Beenham Band and managed campaigns for their 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Xander has a growing profile in the arts management industry and has been interviewed for both the National Campaign for the Arts magazine and Creative Choices.
In 2005, at Royal Holloway, University of London, Xander conducted research into performance anxiety in West End and professional orchestral musicians in London under supervision of top music psychology Liz Valentine. His work involved interviewing and psychometrically testing musicians from a variety of shows and ensembles.
In 2012, Xander completed research at London Southbank University investigating how to manage the customer experience in arts venues through people supervised by leading academic Piers Myers.
In addition to his arts interests, Xander is currently vice chair of the governing body of Cypress Schools in South East London.
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