Alex Wide started playing the horn at the age of 7 in Southampton. He progressed through the local city music services before going onto study at the Junior Royal Academy of Music aged 16. At 18 he won a place Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he received both his undergraduate and masters degrees with First-class Honours.
Alex was appointed Co-Principal horn at Britten Sinfonia in 2017 where he plays a combination of solo, chamber and small orchestral repertoire. Alongside Britten Sinfonia, Alex is regularly invited to play as guest principal horn by orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and RTE Symphony Orchestra.
Chamber music makes up an important part of Alex’s career. Recent engagements include a performance of the Jabberwoki, a trio by Gerald Barry, with Tom Ades and Allan Clayton in Milton Court. He regularly performs with the Haffner Ensemble and with the Emma Thompson and Friends chamber group.
Recent solo engagements include performances of Mozart’s 4th Horn Concerto and Glière’s Horn Concerto, as well as recordings of Schumann’s Konzertstucke and two new pieces by Tim Jackson, with members of the Guild of Hornplayers and the London Chamber Orchestra. On a recent tour of Argentina with The Guild of horn players, Alex performed the Haydn double concerto with the Tucuman Symphony orchestra.