Whilst studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Alison was appointed Co Principal Oboe with the Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestra. In 2003 she moved to Cardiff to become the Principal Cor Anglais player for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Winning the Isle of Wight International Oboe competition in 2001 led to her Purcell Room debut and numerous concertos for BBC radio 3 broadcasts, notably Quiet City with Alison Balsom and Spaghetti Western with BBC NOW.
In addition to her career with the BBC Symphony orchestra Alison has been an oboe professor at the Guildhall School of Music and drama since 2009. To build on her knowledge of good teaching practise Alison completed a higher education teaching diploma with the Institute of Education in London in 2011 and is a Fellow with the Higher Education Academy.
Alison enjoys teaching all age groups and abilities on oboe and cor anglais. She freelances with both British and International orchestras on oboe and cor anglais, performs solo and chamber recitals and is regularly asked to give masterclasses throughout the UK and Europe. Her solo cd 'COR!' received excellent reviews both in the UK press and overseas and a performance on Woman's Hour on BBC radio 4.
Listen to Alison's newest recording here