“It’s not easy to write about music, but you’ve found a way to do it meaningfully and honestly. Your enthusiasm and creativity will take you far.” – Cindy McTee, Composer


Alex Burns MA (Musicology); BMus (hons) founded Classicalexburns in 2015, as a side project to her music study at The University of Sheffield. Alex is now working as a Freelance Music Journalist, Blogger, Trumpeter, and Arts Professional. She currently holds contracts with English Touring Opera, Music in the Roundand Illuminate Women Composers. Other freelance work includes working with NowThen Magazine Sheffield, Classical Sheffield, Sheffield Creative Guild and Music Theory Online.

Classicalexburns has been ranked as the Number. 1 ‘Best Classical Music Blog’ by Scorebig. The goal is to create accessible and engaging blog posts that appeal to beginners and novices of Classical music. From baroque to film music, there’ll be something for you in this blog.

As a trumpet player, Alex currently holds residencies with the Sheffield Philharmonic OrchestraHallam Sinfonia, and South Yorkshire Police Brass Band. Alex has performed with a multitude of different theatre companies, orchestras, big bands, and chamber ensembles thus far, and she is always on the lookout for more playing opportunities. With over twelve years of performance experience, she often uses the music she plays as inspiration for blogs and articles.

Alex’s work covers a broad range of styles, but focuses largely on the Classical genre. Alex is available to write programme notes for ensembles, give pre-concert talks, and do concert reviews. Her areas of specialism include: The life and music of Gustav Mahler, Music and Religion, Music and Gender, and Musicology and Performance.

Alex is available for commission as a freelance writer. She is able to write articles, blogs, programme notes, CD reviews, concert reviews, and interviews.

For commission enquiries please email: classicalexburns@gmail.com