Recent Projects

Project Leader for Call Me Ceilidh – Cambridgeshire Music’s two-year Ultimate Ceilidh Band project for young people in Cambridgeshire, supported by Youth Music. (2013-2015)

The Dancing Bear & Jenny Nettles, in rehearsal by Call Me Ceilidh – with tutors Alison Rowley and Pete Ord

Lead tutor for the Tri Folk Project – working with student ensembles in West London in partnership with the Tri Borough Music Hub and English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). (2014)

Nonesuch, performed by the Junior Orchestra – with tutors Alison Rowley and Dave Delarre

Upton-upon-Severn Stick Dance, performed by the Senior Orchestra – with tutors Alison Rowley and Dave Delarre

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Lead tutor for the Morris Monday Project – with EFDSS and the Camden Music Hub, introducing folk music to Camden Training Orchestra by playing a simplified movement of Alison’s Morris Monday fantasia and two related morris dance tunes. (2013-2014)

Highland Mary, performed by Camden Training Orchestra – with tutors Alison Rowley and Deb Chalmers

Cuckoo’s Nest, performed by Camden Training Orchestra – with tutors Alison Rowley and Deb Chalmers

Ran the Rainbow Music Folk Band and Ukulele Band, giving (mostly) adult learners in South Essex the opportunity to learn a new instrument or genre and rehearse, arrange and perform music in a large ensemble. (2012-14). These bands are still going strong under new leadership – please visit the Rainbow Music website for the latest news and any enquiries.

With A Little Help From My Friends, performed by Rainbow Music Ukulele Band

The ukulele band in concert. Photograph by Les Ganudler
The ukulele band in concert, April 2013. Photograph by Les Ganudler.

Tutor for youth folk organisation Shooting Roots, providing music workshops for young people at folk festivals:

First rehearsal of ‘Rolling Down To Old Maui’ by Shooting Roots at Broadstairs Folk Week 2015

Conducted, arranged and directed the orchestra and choir for the 2013 Christmas Carol concert at Cecil Sharp House, London:

Conducted the Morris Orchestra at the world premiere performance of Alison’s orchestral fantasia Morris Monday in 2013.

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Assisted with rehearsals for Riverside Primary School choir, including a concert at the O2 for Young Voices 2014.

Taught whole classes of Year Five students to play the ukulele over seven sessions, working towards a short concert for their families:

Excerpts from Swing Low, Singing In The Rain, Banana Boat Song, Stay With Me, Proud Mary, In The Jungle

Ran a singing workshop for Bowes Park Folk Club, focussing on performance skills and improvising harmonies:

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