Alison has always enjoyed and been committed to teaching alongside her performing commitments. She began teaching in Cambridge in 1981 and has built up a private studio of students singing in opera, recital, oratorio and ensembles such as the BBC Singers, Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen, I Fagiolini and Tenebrae.
Alison joined the vocal studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2001 and is a popular teacher there with a large list of students.
She joins the vocal studies department at the Royal College of Music in September 2016.
Alison’s graduates have gone on to further studies at other British Conservatoires as well as the Dutch National Opera Academy, Flanders Opera Studio, Boston Conservatory, Welsh International Academy of Voice, and into Glyndebourne Chorus.
Recent student successes:
Kathleen Ferrier Competition 2016: James Newby (baritone) joint winner
Longborough Festival 2016: Erika Mädi Jones debut as Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) to great critical acclaim
Maureen Lehane Awards 2015 : James Newby 3rd prize and audience prize
Wigmore Hall International Song Competition 2015 : James Newby 3rd prize and Schubert prize
Wagner Competition 2015 : Erika Mädi Jones finalist
Alison’s teaching is based on a firm but flexible support system from the breath and support muscles of the core and back allied to a healthy vocalisation without strain in the larynx. She is endlessly fascinated by the power and resonance of the human voice, and how our relationship to, and understanding of text and character can bring out colours and dynamics that enhance our performance of the music.