Alastair Stout was born in 1975. He Studied Composition and Organ at the Royal College of Music (1993 - 1997) with Joseph Horovitz, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1997 - 1998) with Dr. Rober Saxton and is currently working for a PhD in Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London with Simon Holt (due for completion in 2001).
His portfolio comprises a range of works from solo to multi-media dramatic pieces including ensemble,vocal and orchestral music. He has collaborated with choreographers at the London Contemporary Dance School, writing for the Internet (www.longtales.com) and for the theatre (GSMD production of The Cherry Orchard).
His works have been performed by ensembles including the Brunel Ensemble, Composer's Ensemble, Ixion, Chroma, St. Paul's Cathedral and Waltham Abbey Choirs, and solo artists such as Rolf Hind, Sarah Walker and Melinda Maxwell. The music has been played in in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Sir Henry Wood Hall, Reid Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and festivals such as the Spitalfields Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Gregynog Festival and the Hoxton New Music Days. His music has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Shetland.
Alastair is also an organist specialising in 20th century repertoire. He has played in St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Ely Cathedral and in churches throughout Britain. Organ works have been written for him by Arthur Wills, Stephen Wilcocks and Gordon Lawson. He was assistant organist at Wesley's Chapel, London from 1993 - 2001.