Alison Kay, viola, grew up in Swansea before graduating in London, and while still studying viola with Jack Glickman at GSMD she was offered a sub-principal position in Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra where she remained for 12 years. During this time, she worked in other orchestras including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, other freelance ensembles and she continues to enjoy a freelance career from her Dorset home.
During the last few years Alison has been in demand as a violin, viola and chamber teacher in Dorset, preparing young musicians towards viola principal positions in orchestras such as the NYO and for music college auditions.
In 2010 she formed Poole Society for Young Musicians in Dorset, a registered charity that presents an annual Broadstone Music Series of professional recitals & a diverse range of music education projects including courses, masterclasses and chamber music coaching throughout each year. She considers it crucial that music input and inspiration at the highest levels should be accessible to all children, and so constantly works on facilitating this from the best educators.
Alison lives in Dorset with husband Edward, who she met as principal oboe of BSO. When not immersed in music, she tries to spend as much spare time as possible with her two daughters, loves cooking, sewing, the outdoors and treasures the company of her friends.
Photo: Nigel Apperley