Composer Profile

Willis

Award winning composer with a passion for all things medieval, forgotten texts particularly by women and English folk music.

Alison Willis

Composer Profile

Alison

Willis

Award winning composer with a passion for all things medieval, forgotten texts particularly by women and English folk music.

Alison Willis

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About 

Alison

Alison (b. 1971) is an award winning composer whose works have been performed and broadcast internationally. She studied composition with Alan Bullard (Colchester) and George Benjamin (RCM) and has recently completed a PhD in Composition with Paul Mealor and Phillip Cooke at The University of Aberdeen. ​Her works are made available by Composers Edition, OUP,
Stainer and Bell, Multitude of Voyces, Poppy Harp, Selah and Encore Publications.

Her music has been described as, 'Stunning!', 'Intensely moving', 'Beautiful yet pragmatic' and 'Saying what you have to say and then stopping'.

She finds particular inspiration in historical sources and events, forgotten women, social issues, English Folk music and enjoys working collaboratively with both young people and adults. Alison is also an experienced educator, pianist, organist, folk musician and Musical Director,  enjoys composing music for theatre and is a Trustee of the Martin Read Foundation, ​supporting young composers. She is a qualified teacher having taught GCSE, A Level and BTEC Music and Performing Arts as well as giving private composition, piano, music theory and folk music lessons.


Recent works include the Derby Service written for Derby Cathedral, Salve Deus, Rex Judaeorum for Luminosa, Gold and Spices recorded as part of ORA Singers Christmas Gift Project, The Wind's Warning, premiered by the Gesualdo Six, Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, released on Blossom Street's album This Day (January 2019), The Ballad of the Harp Weaver, released on Juice Vocal Ensemble's Snow Queens CD (December 2018) and Non Omnis Moriar premiered by the BBC Singers (September 2018). Her work for Hampshire County Youth Choir, Pax Vobis was performed as part of the Remembrance service at Winchester Cathedral (June 2018) and A Light Not Yet Ready To Go Out for the London Concert Choir, raising awareness of and money for Breast Cancer Now, premiered to a sold out audience at Holy Trinity Sloane Square in March 2018. She is currently working on a collection of medieval carols and a set of twenty-four Preludes and Fugues for organ. 

When not composing or educating Alison can be found walking her dogs on the beach, feeding the chickens or making soup for her family from the vegetables in the garden.