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Alison has had an interest in singing from an early age gaining an A in her music higher from Alford Academy before moving to Aberdeen College where she gained two musical teaching diplomas and a recital diploma alongside her grade 8 music theory. Moving to "God's own county" in 2003 Alison continued her musical training at Leeds College of Music studying with the renowned Mary Plazas and Lynne Dawson, with whom she still studies. Whilst there she gained a BA (hons) in Music Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in the same subject specialising in opera.
Alison's singing engagements have been many and varied ranging from the Countess in Marriage of Figaro to Zerlina in Don Giovanni to Mozart's Vespers. Recent solo engagements have included a last night of the proms-style concert with West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra and Rossini's Messe Solennelle with Morley Music Society - after which they booked her to appear in their Haydn's Creation concert. Alison previously sang with St Peter's Singers under the baton of Dr Simon Lindley and also helps out with the music at St Aidan's Church, Roundhay.Alison's teaching experience covers many genres and styles. She has trained in Estill voice training with the highly acclaimed international tenor Paul Farrington, knows how to use the belting technique widely used in musical theatre, is attending a week at the Nell Bank Musical Theatre School with the noted actor Andy Reiss this summer and has even studied music and the deaf with the Christopher Rowbotham Trust. Equally she is very at home with her first love, Opera, still studying with the internationally renowned Lynne Dawson in York and having participated in various masterclasses run by the National Opera Studio, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Opera North. She teaches pupils and small groups of all abilities and ages - indeed having pupils at the moment ranging from a 24 year old beginner to a grade 6 standard 15 year old to a mischevious 8 year old - and is adept at most styles having pupils learning folk, pop, opera, sacred and musical theatre at the moment. She enters pupils into ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and Rockschool exams as well as teaching pupils singing for fun or working towards a particular role.