Biography

Alison is an award winning composer who 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.

Recent works include "Dawn. Brussels. October 12th 1915", due to be premiered in London March 2017, "I Sing of a Maiden", awarded the Nick Edwards prize by Gabriel Jackson and Patrick Russill in December 2016, "Paschalia" due to be published as part of a feature on Alison's music in Choir and Organ Magazine spring 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 (in association with PRS, SAM, BBC Radio 3). "JOURNEYS" is due for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in February 2017. "Come Away Death" was 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 was 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). 

Other performances include "Rookwood Canticle" with poet Matt Haw broadcast on BBC Radio 3  (Britten in Oxford 2013, JAM "Writing for Voices project), "Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Garglyjock and Bulkybones" (Weston Jennings - Festival Hall Organ Scholar  Colchester 2015), "Antiphon for St. Michael” (Bournemouth Symphony Chorus 2013), “In Commendation of Music” (Chantry Quire Chichester 2011) and “The Flame Still Burns” , Olympic Anthem for massed secondary school choirs and wind orchestra, (The Anvil, Basingstoke July 2012).

Her new choral work "Gustate et Videte", part of a larger choral commission for Vespers (due for performance May 2017), has recently been recorded by Bristol Cathedral Choir as part of the Old Hispanic Office Project (Bristol University). 

Future projects include a "Heard Differently", working with schools to create pieces re-imagining Dickens characters, in partnership Hampshire Music Hub and Professor Holly Furneaux (advisor on BBC's "Dickensian") and a major new piece for the London Concert Choir due for performance spring 2018.  Alison is also working on "Cantata for Peace" for choir and orchestra to honour those who fought in World War I.

If you would like to discuss commissioning a new work please contact Alison through the Contact page.


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