Alison Eales was a junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music before going on to study full time there as a pianist and clarinettist. Whilst studying for her degree, Alison formed a piano duo with fellow student Sally Rose which thrived for thirty years thereafter. Together they gave numerous duo recitals and concerto performances in the U.K. and Europe, including double concertos by Mozart, Poulenc and Saint-Saëns at the Fairfield Halls. They recorded for BBC Radios 3 and 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 currently a member of several chamber ensembles playing piano or clarinet, including Equinox (a string and wind ensemble based in Oxford), the Boxbury Piano Trio, the Ashridge Players and the Gregynog Ensemble, a clarinet quintet which has performed many works, both well known and less familiar. 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. As a soloist, Alison has recently performed the Finzi Clarinet Concerto with the Crendon Chamber Orchestra in Thame and Bruch’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola. She performed Malcolm Arnold’s 2nd Clarinet Concerto with the Hitchin Symphony Orchestra (2006), Leicester Sinfonia (2009) and Letchworth Sinfonia (2013) as well as appearing in several performances as soloist in the orchestrated version of Finzi’s Bagatelles, which she will perform again this July in Tring with the Chiltern Players. Alison is making her debut as a saxophonist with Hitchin Symphony Orchestra and is delighted to be giving the first performance of Paul Adrian Rooke’s Saxophone Concerto.
Alison is Director of Music at Kingshott School as well as being the conductor of Hitchin Concert Band. She is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.