Lunchtime Music: Saint-Saëns, Kirchner, Strauss
Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
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Alexander Hocknull French horn
Joanne Sealey piano
Saint-Saëns Romance in F, Op.36
Franz Strauss Theme and Variations, Op.13
Mario Bobotov piano
Beethoven Sonate op.13 No.8, Grande Sonate Pathetique - Grave, Allegro di molto e con brio; Adagio Cantabile; Rondo
Scriabin Sonata No.4
Alex Hocknull began playing the French horn aged nine, however, by the age of 12 illness had forced him to stop playing completely. It was not until 2017, after returning from studying politics at Lancaster University, that a chance encounter with an inspiring piano teacher encouraged Alex to pick up the horn once again. This led to decide to pursue a career in music and now he is in the final year of his undergraduate degree at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Alex’s recent highlights include performing at the Three Choirs Festival, playing with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and a residency with the Chipping Campden Festival Orchestra. Next year, Alex is making his concerto debut performing Richard Strauss’s 2nd Horn Concerto.
Alex is also an award-winning chamber musician, performing regularly with his brass ensemble Second City Brass.