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Rochester Cathedral from the castle                                                           The organ at Rochester Cathedral from the nave

Alun Grafton was born in 1961 and began his musical career as a choral scholar at Rochester Cathedral under Dr Robert Ashfield while attending the King’s School. While studying for a degree in Latin and Archaeology at Nottingham University, he continued his musical studies privately.

              After graduating, Alun worked for two and half years at the Tate Gallery in London and continued to excavate on archaeological sites at the weekends and holidays. It was during his time at the Tate Gallery that Alun undertook the mammoth task of recording and indexing all the photographic negatives of John Piper. This contributed to the exhibition “John Piper. A Painter’s Camera” held at the Tate in 1987 and to the book of photographs of the same name.

              In 1985 Alun returned to Nottingham University to undertake teacher training in Classics and Music, and upon completion of the course, took up his present post at Eagle House School, Berkshire. At the moment he teaches Classics, but was for six years Director of Music at the school.

              During his time, Alun has sung in many different choral groups ranging from large choruses to small chamber choirs. From 2001 to 2006 he conducted “Cantores Chamber Choir”, based in Berkshire, and presently sings with The Round Table Singers, Thames Voyces and with the church choir of St Michael’s, Sandhurst. 

              Alun began composing at the age of 14 and his output covers orchestral, chamber, vocal, choral and instrumental work. This includes some 30 works for schools covering carols, songs, orchestral works, a sequence of graded works for a string group as well as aleatoric works for the class room ensemble.  He is a member of both the Society for the Promotion of New Music and the Portsmouth District Composers’ Alliance. 2003 saw the publication of “Spring of Bandusia” op 71 by Phylloscopus Publications.

              In 2006 “Now Welcome” a CD with eight pieces was produced. It is the first in a planned series of recording dedicated to the composer’s music.

Competitions.

  • “Praeludium in tempore belli” op 76 was commended in the Oare International Composers’ Competition in 2003.

  • “Praeludium 2” op 64 was performed in the finalists’ concert for the London Chamber group’s Piece of the year competition in 2004

  • “Now Welcome Summer” op 23a was highly commended in the Vaughan Williams Memorial competition in 2008.