Alison recently received a Prince of Wales Advanced Study in Music Award, and awards from the Elizabeth Evans Trust and the Richard Carne Trust, enabling her to take up her place studying for a Masters in Music Performance on the saxophone at the Royal College of Music.
Alison completed her undergraduate degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she studied the classical saxophone with Lara James, Gerard McChrystal and Sarah Markham. During this time, she took 4 months away from Cardiff to study at the Athens Conservatory under Theodore Kerkezos where she gave many recitals, both as a soloist, in a quartet, and as part of the Piraeus Saxophone Ensemble. She has benefited from master classes with many great musicians, including Dr. Paul Cohen, Fred Hemke, Lynn Klock, and Joe Murphy.
She was rewarded a Denne Gilkes Award earlier this year, allowing her to attend and participate at Canford Summer School of Music. In March 2010 she was honoured to be given an opportunity to perform Ingolf Dahl’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone” after a successful performance in the RWCMD Concerto Trials. In 2007 she became a recipient of the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation Grant, enabling her to purchase her P. Mauriat soprano saxophone, and was also named a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist.
Teaching has always been a passion of Alison's. She completed her dissertation on different teaching methods, and has enjoyed successfully teaching saxophone, piano and music theory to pupils of all ages and abilities since she gained her first beginner piano pupil at the young age of 16.