Alexis studied music and literature at the University of Edinburgh before postgraduate training at the Royal College of Music, Guildhall School, and Goldsmiths, University of London.
He has composed music for over forty short films and five feature films, in addition to commercials, idents, and games.
Alexis has worked at the most prestigious film and recording studios in the world, including Shepperton, Pinewood, Abbey Road, Air Lyndhurst, Angel, RAK, and Maida Vale. His compositions have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Channel 4, TCM and at major film festivals throughout the world, including Cannes, London and Edinburgh.
His collaboration with the Northumbria-based poet Katrina Porteous debuted at Dartington International Summer School & Festival in 2018, and he also works regularly with the London-based poets Mick Delap and Gloria Sanders. In 2021, his collaboration with Gloria Sanders, Epistles from Gaia, was longlisted for the Pallette Poetry prize.
His opera, The Electrictionary, written in collaboration with the widely-published author Timothy Knapman, premiered at the Tête-à-Tête festival, King’s Place, 2015.
Alexis has composed scores for productions of Metamorphosis by Steven Berkoff and The Drowned and the Saved by Peter Billingham.
Alexis studied viola and medieval fiddle (vielle) at the Guildhall School with Jane Rogers, and has performed widely with ensembles including the Dufay Collective, Florilegium, Fellowshippe of Musickers, Istante Baroque, Pumpkinseeds, Oxford Baroque, and London Early Opera, and has appeared at Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall.
Alexis is an active folk musician with many years of experience as a ceilidh caller and fiddler. He appeared at Celtic Connections in 2018 with Lomond Campbell and Modern Studies and has toured with the Twisted Twenty.
He has coached folk music performance alongside Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy, Emily Portman, the Askew Sisters, and Harbottle & Jonas at Dartington International Summer School, where he previously held study bursaries. He is a member of the London-based old-time band The Croshaw Family.
Alexis has performed live on In Tune and The Early Music Show (BBC Radio 3), Front Row (BBC Radio 4), The Quay Sessions at Celtic Connections (BBC Radio Scotland), and Classic FM.
Performance in Film and Theatre
He has also worked as a musician and performance coach in major feature films and TV series, including The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018), Mary Queen of Scots (Josie Rourke, 2018), Emma (Autumn de Wilde, 2020) Mrs Wilson (BBC, 2018), and Great British Railway Journeys (BBC, 2020). He performed in the live and filmed versions of A Christmas Carol, commissioned by the Dickens Musem, adapted by Dominic Gerrard, and directed by RSC/Globe director Tim Carroll.