Alan studied music and gained a degree from Birmingham University. He is also a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music. A busy career led him into many aspects of the profession: teaching, examining and performing as conductor, soloist and accompanist.
He studied singing in Oxford and has performed principal roles in many productions. He has directed many youth and adult music theatre productions, including 'Oliver!', 'Little Shop of Horrors', British amateur premieres of 'Grease', 'Bugsy Malone' and Tim Rice’s 'Blondel', revivals of Gershwin musicals 'Girl Crazy', 'Lady, Be Good!' and 'Oh, Kay!', as well as operas by Mozart and Menotti. Alan has also written three successful musicals of his own, and has led concert tours abroad to Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and Austria.
Alan has a special interest in the music of George Gershwin, and, after research in London, Paris, Vienna, New York and Washington DC, has written a book, ‘George Gershwin: An American in London’, about his visits to London and Europe in the 1920s. He has also released two world premiere recordings of piano selections from Gershwin musicals.