Alison Eales won an Exhibition to the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music and went on to study the piano and clarinet full time, the latter instrument with David Campbell, Colin Bradbury and Sidney Fell. While studying for her degree, Alison formed a piano duo with a fellow student and they continued to give numerous recitals and concerto performances in the United Kingdom and in Europe. They have recorded for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, VPRO (Netherlands) and BBC and Superchannel cable television, specialising in contemporary music and giving premières of a number of works by English and South African composers.
Alison is a member of several chamber ensembles, including Equinox (a string and wind ensemble based in Oxford), Riverside Reeds (a clarinet and saxophone quartet), and the Gregynog Ensemble, which has recently given in Oxford the first English performance of Bernard Herrmann’s Clarinet Quintet. As a member of the British Clarinet Ensemble, Alison has toured in Europe, in the United States of America and in Japan as well as taking part in the Ensemble’s second CD recording, “Looping the Loop”. This is due for release late in 2006. As a soloist, Alison recently performed Gerald Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto in Thame with the Crendon Chamber Orchestra.
Alison is based in Hertfordshire, where she is Director of Music at Kingshott School. She is also the conductor of Hitchin Concert Band, a position for which she earned recognition at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party. Alison is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.