About Serena Alexander
Here you can find out more about Serena Alexander's background and some of the influences which give her a unique approach to music and teaching the piano
A classically trained musician, Serena started writing songs at an early age and passed her grade 8 piano with distinction in her late teens. During this time she both fronted and worked with a number of bands supporting major artists such as Micro Disney and World Party and worked with the producer of the Average White Band.
Serena holds a degree and a Masters in Music, Technology and Innovation from De Montfort University in Leicester and whilst studying there she continued to collaborate and perform with various groups and artists including ‘The Voice’ finalist Sally Barker, artist-led music production company Bathysphere, and Riverdance singer Patrick Devine-Wright.
She has also worked with the Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST) as an electroacoustic composer studying under Jonty Harrison, and having her works performed as far afield as Montreal, Canada.
More on Serena's Background
Using the production skills she learned from her music studies Serena recorded and co-produced her debut EP ‘Numb’, released in 2010. She performed at a number of venues in Leicester where she used to live, including the Musician, The Y Theatre, The Shed, The Donkey and the Guildhall and she played the Glastonbudget Festival in 2010 with her band. Serena was also a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest in 2009.
Her versatile and mellifluous piano-based songwriting touches on a number of genres including pop, rock, folk and blues. Her voice has been compared to Norah Jones, and some of her songs to Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac.
Serena has sung jazz with the Rutland Big Band, fronting weddings, charity fundraiser events and Christmas celebrations.
Also a BBC trained journalist, she also spent a number of years as a radio and TV news presenter/reporter. Whilst working at Yorkshire TV, Serena anchored the evening news programme presenting alongside the late Richard Whiteley. She also co-hosted a TV game show with Carol Vorderman.
Serena has recently moved to Cumbria with her husband, son and three dogs where, inspired by the natural beauty of the Lake District and nearby coast, she is now establishing herself as an artist, musician and teacher in the South Lakes area.