Alex Hocknull

RPS Instrument Purchase Grant 2020 | £1,100 towards a French Horn

Alex began playing the tenor horn aged 8 and moved on to the French horn aged 10. with dreams of one day playing professionally, illness forced him to stop playing at the age of 12. 10 years later, Alex decided to take up the horn again and joined a local orchestra - it was this that drove him to pursue playing as a career.

After studying A level music, during which time making a fortnightly 6-hour round trip for lessons with Simon de Souza, Alex started at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he continues to study with Simon de Souza.

Alex’s performance highlights so far include performing Messiaen’s Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum at Symphony Hall in Birmingham with the RBC Symphony Orchestra and playing first horn in professional productions of Oliver! and Guys and Dolls. Alex was due to give his first public recital in Lincoln before the Covid restrictions. He looks forward to being able to perform again and hopes to be able to play at his sister’s wedding in September.

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