Alison is a freelance musician, writer and manager based in Yorkshire. She studied flute and piano at Trinity College of Music on a junior scholarship and later gained a degree in Music at Lancaster University. Having started playing tenor saxophone by accident at a relatively late stage, saxophone is now her main instrument and she plays all four of the main saxophones as well as her original instrument, the flute.
She currently plays baritone in Yorkshire Saxophone Choir, baritone and tenor in HD8 octet and tenor in SaxShades saxophone quartet. She was co-founder of Quadrangle saxophone quartet, a founder member of SaxMob and HD8 octets, and a former member of the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain, with which she performed in the Netherlands and at the 2009 World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok. She was a flute and clarinet teacher with Nottingham Music Services and is currently a woodwind teacher with Artforms in Leeds, as well as teaching flute and ukulele at Rothwell Music Centre, also for Artforms, and flute, clarinet and saxophone at Roundhay School.
She was also a CD and concert reviewer for Clarinet and Saxophone magazine, a sheet music reviewer for Winds, and reviews CDs for various record companies on her own blog studioflamingo. She was a member of Huddersfield Choral Society for 17 years, giving regular performances in the UK and internationally and taking part in many CD recordings and radio and television broadcasts.
Alison 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 LCM for a year. She is a Council member of Making Music, and was previously on the boards of SAA-uk (South Asian Arts UK), Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) and Yorkshire Young Musicians, and a staff governor of Leeds College of Music.