Alison Eales won an Exhibition to the Royal College of Music Junior Department and went on to study there full time as a pianist and clarinettist, the latter with David Campbell, Colin Bradbury and Sidney Fell. Whilst 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 U.K. and Europe. They have recorded for BBC Radios 3 and 4, VPRO (Netherlands) and BBC television, specialising in contemporary music and giving premières of a number of works by English and South African composers.
Alison is currently a member of several chamber ensembles, including Equinox (a string and wind ensemble based in Oxford), the Boxbury Piano Trio, the Sancerre Trio (clarinet, piano and cello), Riverside Reeds (clarinet and saxophone quartet) and the Gregynog Ensemble, a clarinet quintet which has performed many works, both well known and less familiar. The Gregynog Ensemble’s recent projects have included giving the first English performance of the Bernard Herrmann Clarinet Quintet in Oxford, as well as exploring contemporary works for the medium.
As a member of the British Clarinet Ensemble, Alison has toured abroad in Europe, the U.S.A. and Japan as well as taking part in the Ensemble’s second and third CD recordings.
Recent concerto performances include Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto with the Crendon Chamber Orchestra in Thame. Alison performed Malcolm Arnold’s 2nd Concerto with Hitchin Symphony Orchestra in 2006 and again with the University of Leicester Sinfonia in 2009. She also appeared with colleague, Heather Birt, in a performance of Max Bruch’s Double Concerto with HSO in 2009.
Alison is based in Hertfordshire, where she is Director of Music at Kingshott School as well as being 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.