Alison Willis

Alison Willis

Alison is an award winning composer with a particular interest in re-imagining historical sources, issues based work and collaborative working, whose works have been performed, recorded and broadcast across the UK and beyond. Her music has been described as “intensely moving”, “beautiful yet pragmatic” and "saying what you have to say and then stopping".

Recent works include "Magnificat", premiered by The Cantus Ensemble (July 17), “Dawn. Brussels. October 12th 1915” for double choir, alto solo, organ and trumpet premiered at the Brandenburg Festival (JAM) March 2017, "JOURNEYS", a piece reflecting the ongoing Refugee Crisis written in collaboration with Chiltern Youth Chamber Orchestra commissioned by Making Music's "Adopt a Composer" scheme 2015/16 (in association with PRS, SAM, BBC Radio 3), broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in January 2017. "Come Away Death", premiered by Dulciana Vocal Ensemble in Dublin in October 2016 and "Thou Hast Made Me Endless", a choral setting of Rabindranath Tagore's poem premiered by The London Concord Singers in December 2016 as part of their 50th anniversary concert. Her organ piece “Paschalia” was featured in the New Music series of Choir & Organ magazine March/April edition and “When Home Won’t Let You Stay” for left hand piano was premiered by Nicholas McCarthy at The Royal Albert Hall in March 2017 as part of the Love Classical series.

Other works include “War Songs" in collaboration with poet Chloe Stopa-Hunt, premiered at the Brandenburg Choral Festival (JAM), London 2015 and "Rookwood Canticle" with poet Matt Haw broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (Britten in Oxford 2013, JAM "Writing for Voices project).

Her new choral work "Gustate et Videte", part of a larger choral commission for Vespers (premiered at Bristol Cathedral in May 2017), has recently been recorded by Bristol Cathedral Choir as part of the Old Hispanic Office Project (Bristol University).

Future projects include a large scale choral work for the London Concert Choir, raising awareness of and money for Breast Cancer Now, a commission for  "Women and Words" at Kings Place in October 2017 and a Cantata for choir and orchestra to honour those who fought in World War I.

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