Biography

Alison is an award winning flexible and creative composer who likes to use traditional elements in new ways. She is particularly interested in collaborative projects and issues based work.  Alison studied composition with Alan Bullard (Colchester), Tony Gilbert (RNCM) and George Benjamin (RCM). Whilst at college she had SPNM supported performances by the London Sinfonietta (Purcell Rooms) and Gemini (Swinburne Hall). ​She is currently studying for a PhD in Composition with Paul Mealor.

Alison's music has been described as "Intensely moving" and "Beautiful yet pragmatic". Her works have been performed across the UK and internationally.
Her works are made available through Composers Edition; http://composersedition.com/
composers/alisonwillis
 

Recent works include “Magnificat” premiered by The Cantus Ensemble in July 2017, “Vespers inspired by the Old Hispanic Office” premiered by Bristol Cathedral Choir in May 2017, “Dawn. Brussels. October 12th 1915” for double choir, alto solo, organ and trumpet premiered at the Brandenburg Festival March 2017, and "JOURNEYS", a piece reflecting the ongoing Refugee Crisis written in collaboration with Chiltern Youth Chamber Orchestra commissioned by Making Music's "Adopt a Composer" scheme 2015/16 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in January 2017. Her organ piece “Paschalia” was featured in the New Music series of Choir & Organ magazine March/April 2017 and “When Home Won’t Let You Stay” for left hand piano was premiered by Nicholas McCarthy at The Royal Albert Hall in March 2017. "Heard Differently", working with schools to create multi-media pieces re-imagining Dickens characters, in partnership Hampshire Music Hub and Professor Holly Furneaux (advisor on BBC's "Dickensian") was performed at Milestones Museum in Basingstoke in March 2017.

Other works include"Come Away Death", premiered by Dulciana Vocal Ensemble in Dublin in October 2016 and "Thou Hast Made Me Endless", a choral setting of Rabindranath Tagore's poem of the same name, premiered by The London Concord Singers in December 2016 as part of their 50th anniversary concert. "Pied Piper", a commission for the award winning Ferio Saxophone Quartet toured in performance and workshop in The Channel Islands in November 2015, "The Ballad of The Harp Weaver" was premiered by Juice Vocal Ensemble (December 2015), a new Christmas Carol, "Those Things Three" was awarded the Ray Bardsley prize by Judith Weir and Stephen Jackson (December 2015) and “War Songs" in collaboration with poet Chloe Stopa-Hunt  was premiered at the Brandenburg Choral Festival, London 2015, (cond. Nicholas Cleobury). 

Future projects include a piece for solo harp as part of The Future Blend Project, a large scale choral work for the London Concert Choir, raising awareness of and money for Breast Cancer Now, two songs for mezzo and piano to be premiered at Kings Place as part of the Women of the World Equator Festival and a "Cantata for Peace" for massed choir to honour those who fought in World War I.

If you would like to discuss commissioning a new work please contact Alison at ali@alisonwillis.com.


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