Audition Videos

We are often asked to make videos for auditions, which have very strict requirements: Videos have to be one continuous take, with no changes of angle or edits made to the audio.

Here’s a recent example, featuring Katerina Nazarova performing Bach

Louise Kemény

Louise Kemény – soprano

Peter Foggitt – piano

Alexander Barnes – Producer


Here is a short promotional video made by Alexander Barnes, featuring his arrangement of Pharrell Williams’ song Happy, for our friends at Blue Topaz

Blue Topaz

I was asked to make a promotional video for Blue Topaz, the Elegant Female String Trio/Quintet founded by my fiancee Anna. Here is the finished video.

Tom Maine – Camera

Alexander Barnes – Director, Editor, Producer

Barber: Adagio

Here is a film I shot on the evening of 8 January 2015. More than 150 string players gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square last night to give a performance of Barber’s Adagio for Strings in tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. The performance was led by violinist Thomas Gould and organised by Vanessa Lucas-Smith, cellist of the Allegri String Quartet.


The film has been widely distributed, and has featured on the websites of The Strad, Classic FM,  and Norman Lebrecht’s Slipped Disc.

France Musique | Classical Music Magazine | Sinfini Music | | |

It was also broadcast in the US on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC on 9 January 2015


A Bridge Over The Pyrenees

“The ensemble dispatches these piece with aplomb, engaging the listener with carefully crafted interplay and beautifully translucent textures, yet able to engage the full magnificence of their instruments at a moment’s notice!”

“It showcases both the ensemble’s virtuosity and lyrical playing in equal measure, proving a fitting conclusion to this exceptional release. Thoroughly recommended!”

Read full review (pdf)

Huw Morgan, Brass Herald


“Superb playing from living legends of the London orchestral brass scene. In these fantastic arrangements it’s sometimes hard to believe these pieces weren’t originally scored for brass. The musicianship throughout is second to none & the sound is an absolute treat.”


Joby Talbot

Composer (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale, Theatre of Blood)