Alexander Crowe

Opera Coach | Accompanist

Alexander Crowe was born and grew up in Edinburgh. In 1966 he went up to Cambridge University as Organ Scholar of Sidney Sussex College, graduating BA in 1970. He remained at Cambridge for a further three years as a research student, spending part of his time attached to the University of Helsinki on a Finnish Ministry of Education Scholarship, undertaking research into the early unpublished works of Sibelius. In 1973 he took up a position as repetiteur at the Lower Saxony State Theatre in Hannover, in what was then West Germany. He was appointed Principal Stage Band Conductor there in 1976 and Head of Music Staff in 1977.

On returning to the UK in 1981, Alexander Crowe was appointed Senior Tutor, Opera Music Staff, at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester. He became Head of Opera Music Staff in April 1992. In addition to this, he was a member of the music staff at the Buxton Festival from 1982 to 1991, from 1987 as Head of Music Staff. Since 1998 he has also been the Director of the Easter Baroque Courses run by the Yorke Trust in North Norfolk.

From 2001 until 2010 Alexander Crowe was Head of the School of Vocal & Opera Studies at the RNCM; he was made an Honorary Fellow of the College in 2001. He remains on the staff there as a visiting repetiteur, a post he also holds at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London. His freelance career continues, as coach, accompanist and organist.