Alexis Bennett completed his doctoral research at Goldsmiths after studying at the University of Edinburgh, Royal College of Music, and Guildhall School. He was 2016-17 Edison Fellow at the British Library Sound Archive.
As a composer he works primarily with poets, filmmakers, and animators, and his music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Channel 4, TCM and at major film festivals throughout the world, including Cannes, London, and Edinburgh. His opera The Electrictionary premiered at Kings Place in August 2015 as part of the Tête à Tête festival.
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 poet Mick Delap. Alexis composed music and songs for Peter Billingham’s play The Drowned and the Saved in 2018.
He has performed widely as a viola player with early music ensembles, is active on the folk scene as a ceilidh caller and fiddler, and is a member of the London-based old-time band The Croshaw Family. He has coached folk music performance alongside Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy, the Askew Sisters, and Harbottle & Jonas at Dartington International Summer School, where he previously held study bursaries.
Alexis has performed live on In Tune and The Early Music Show (BBC Radio 3), Front Row (BBC Radio 4), and Classic FM.
He can been seen and heard in major feature films and TV series, including The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018) and Mrs Wilson (BBC1, 2018), and has coached actors in their on-screen musical performance roles for titles including Mary Queen of Scots (Josie Rourke, 2018).
He is reviews editor of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, published by Liverpool University Press, and he is on the editorial board of Facta Universitatis: Visual Arts and Music. Alexis has published in Popular Music (Cambridge University Press), Music, Sound, and the Moving Image (Liverpool University Press) and Journal of Film Music (Equinox).
Alexis Bennett teaches on Music in Film, Creative Research Project, Composition, Western Art Music, and Media Composition (all undergraduate), and also Composition for Moving Image Media (Masters).