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Alison studied flute and piano at Trinity College of Music on a junior scholarship and later gained a degree in Music at Lancaster University. As well as teaching a variety of instruments for Calderdale Music Trust, Alison is a musician teacher for Artforms in Leeds, specialising in whole class ensemble and small group woodwind. She also works at Rothwell Music Centre and for schools in Halifax and Leeds. She was previously a freelance musician, writer and manager, and a musician teacher for Nottingham Music Hub.
Having started playing tenor saxophone by accident at a relatively late stage, saxophone is now her main instrument as a performer. She plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, and is currently a member of Yorkshire Saxophone Choir, SaxShades saxophone quartet and HD8 saxophone octet. Alison was co-founder of Quadrangle saxophone quartet, a founder member of SaxMob, and a former member of the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain. She performed in the last three World Saxophone Congresses; Bangkok in 2009, St Andrew’s in 2012 and Strasbourg in 2015.
Alison has been a CD reviewer for Clarinet and Saxophone magazine, a sheet music reviewer for Winds, and has also reviewed CDs on her own blog. She was a member of Huddersfield Choral Society for many years, giving regular performances in the UK and internationally, and taking part in many CD recordings and radio and television broadcasts. She was formerly Administrative Director of Yorkshire Dance and Head of External Relations at Leeds College of Music, both for over 10 years, and Head of Planning at the College for a year.