Alex Patterson is a Northern Irish-born composer and conductor based in Nottingham. He is Director of Music at Nottingham Cathedral, Musical Director for the Radcliffe Ladies’ Choir and conducts Nottingham Youth Voices and the Nottingham Lunchtime Choir based in the Nottingham Royal Centre.
Entr’acte is an immersive opera designed to take place in a public meeting space, such as a café or pub. In its current form it lasts approximately 45 minutes and is scored for piano, clarinet and trombone quartet in addition to 12 main characters and a chorus. It will be premiered at Lakeside Art Centre on 26 November 2011. Although in many ways tailor-made to this specific performance, it has been crafted in such a way so that it can be re-written to suit the needs of other performance spaces and occasions. The libretto is comic and concerns a love triangle, social injustice, sexuality and betrayal.