Alexander Corlett is a London-based composer and guitarist. He plays with Domenico Johnson in the Corlett & Johnson Guitar Duo, leads the Alex Corlett Quintet and between 2015-2017 was Musical Director for The Big Swing Band. He plays regularly at The Junction, a live music bar near Brixton. As a composer he has completed various commissions for Sinfonia Newydd, and written works for classical guitarist Jonathan Parkin and the Morley Big Band amongst others. His compositions have been performed at various venues including the National Museum of Wales, the Dora Stoutzter Hall, St. Teilo’s Church, Caerphilly Castle and the Crypt at St Martin in the Fields. His wind quintet received an excellent performance by the Danish group Ensemble MidtVest during their 2012 visit to the UK.
Before spending four years in Wales, Alex studied jazz guitar for several years with Charles Alexander, and attended master-classes with Mike Outram and Corey Christiansen. In addition to benefitting from private lessons in arranging from the late Eddie Harvey, Alex played in a big band led by veteran arranger Tony Douglas, and in various small groups around London. He has also received tuition from Paul Patterson and Robert Sholl.
In 2015 Alex received a degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he studied with Robert Spearing. Whilst in Wales the Alex Corlett Sextet performed at leading Cardiff venues including Dempsey’s and Cafe Jazz, and his popular blues and soul band The Hi-Tones played regularly at a variety of events including headlining at the RWCMD Summer Ball two years running. Alex gives guitar lessons in Richmond, Kingston, Petersham and Teddington.