Alex Mills

Award: Fusion Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: London


Alex Mills is a Welsh composer based in London. 
His work has been performed at the Barbican, LSO St Luke’s, Cheltenham Music Festival, Café OTO, The National Gallery, The V&A, Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Wellcome Collection, Sónar music festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, and featured in The Economist, BBC World, The Independent, Evening Standard, Opera Magazine, and on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
He has written for Liam Byrne, Hermes Experiment, Ligeti Quartet, Juice Vocal Ensemble, EXAUDI, Grammy award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
His first opera, ‘Dear Marie Stopes’, about birth control and women’s bodily freedom, premiered at Wellcome Collection in August 2018 and was revived in September 2019 at King's Place. The Stage called it “a first-rate addition to the catalogue of one-act operas”. His second opera, ‘Leonardo’, explored the queer identity of Leonardo da Vinci and premiered at the V&A in 2019, the 500th anniversary year of Leonardo's death.
The Guardian have described his work as "Music of supernatural poignancy, melodic but otherworldly, narratively urgent but poetically impressionistic.”
Help Musicians' Fusion Fund will support the research and development of a new opera exploring the full spectrum of gender identity, inspired by the memoirs of Herculine Barbin.