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Composer of contemporary music


Alun Grafton was born in 1961 and began his musical career as a chorister at Rochester Cathedral under Dr Robert Ashfield while attending the King’s School. While studying for a degree in Latin and Archaeology at Nottingham University, he continued his musical studies privately.

After graduating, Alun worked for two and half years at the Tate Gallery in London and continued to excavate on archaeological sites at the weekends and holidays. It was during his time at the Tate Gallery that Alun undertook the mammoth task of recording and indexing all the photographic negatives of John Piper. This contributed to the exhibition “John Piper. A Painter’s Camera” held at the Tate in 1987 and to the book of photographs of the same name.

In 1985 Alun returned to Nottingham University to undertake teacher training in Classics and Music, and upon completion of the course, taught at Eagle House School, Berkshire. He t  Classics, Music and ran the Philosophy programme but was for six years Director of Music, during the 30 years at Eagle House School. He has now left teaching to concentrate full time on his composing and music.  

During his time, Alun has sung in many different choral groups ranging from large choruses to small chamber choirs. From 2001 to 2006 he conducted “Cantores Chamber Choir”, based in Berkshire, and presently sings with The Round Table Singers, Thames Voyces and with the church choir of St Michael’s, Sandhurst.

Alun began composing at the age of 14 and his output covers orchestral, chamber, vocal, choral and instrumental work. This includes some 30 works for schools covering carols, songs, orchestral works, a sequence of graded works for a string group as well as aleatoric works for the class room ensemble. He is a member of both Sound and Music and of the Portsmouth District Composers’ Alliance. 2003 saw the publication of “Spring of Bandusia” op 40 by Phylloscopus Publications.



“Praeludium in tempore belli” op 65 was commended in the Oare International Composers’ Competition in 2003.

“Praeludium 2” op 53 was performed in the finalists’ concert for the London Chamber group’s Piece of the year competition in 2004

“Now Welcome Summer” op 19a was highly commended in the Vaughan Williams Memorial competition in 2008.