Alex joined Spitalfields Music in October 2021, initially as a freelance Project Manager before becoming Programme Manager in June 2022. Most recently, Alex worked in the Music Department of a secondary school and also in a primary school. Before that she worked in the Learning & Management Departments at Wigmore Hall before becoming the first-ever Project Manager at Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service.
As well as her Spitalfields work, Alex also teaches piano in a primary school. She has two children and spends most of any spare time ferrying them around the South-East London area.
More about Alex…
I studied German and Italian at university, and was lucky enough to spend a year teaching English in a secondary school in Austria when I was in my early twenties. Since then, Austria has become a second home to me and I try to get back there as often as I can.
Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, I haven’t been able to get there since January 2020. Coincidentally, when I got home from that trip I started using the Duolingo app to keep up my languages, and am currently on a 878-day streak. This is serving as a kind of reverse countdown to my next trip, and gives me a pang of sadness every time I see it and realise how long it is since I last managed to travel anywhere abroad!
When I lived in Austria, I played saxophone in the local marching band. When I signed up, little did I know I would have to wear full Austrian national dress, including lederhosen and a feathered hat.
No.1 book/song/theatre recommendation
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson is one of my favourites, as is The Goldfinch.
Furthest you’ve been away from home?
Vancouver and Mexico – but I would love to travel to Australia, New Zealand and Japan.