Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick is a composer and musicologist, based at the Canterbury Christ Church University (UK), where he is a professor and Head of School of Creative Arts and Industries.


He originally trained as a physicist at Imperial College London, while studying composition privately with John Lambert next door at the Royal College of Music. Music soon became the main focus of his activity, and a PhD in Music (funded by the British Academy) from King’s College London followed.


Apart from a book and various essays on musicological topics, his work included music for soloists, instrumental ensembles, choirs and orchestras, which has been performed across the UK and Continental Europe, Turkey, China, Hong Kong and the USA.


He also likes running cycling and swimming and so is open to projects thats bring music and sport together in new ways, but it hasn’t happened yet! He runs marathons all over the world, most recently the London Marathon in 2019.