About Alison Ling
Alison is a well-known singing teacher in Berkshire with over 20 years teaching experience. She is an active member of the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) in which she and her pupils have performed; she has also written magazine articles and participated on their Singing Teacher Summer Course. AOTOS has transformed her teaching, enabling her to diagnose a singer’s technical difficulties and thus sort out vocal problems quickly and accurately. At the end of a recent AOTOS teaching course she was proposed as a future mentor teacher.
Alison’s teaching experience covers all age ranges but she has particular interest in the 8 – 20 years age group, including trebles and boys with changing voices. Each pupil is different with different technical issues; thus she believes in the importance of tailoring a lesson to suit the individual’s needs. Her emphasis is on technique, aiding each student to understand their own vocal anatomy and instrument in a detailed way, so allowing each voice to develop its own unique sound. Emphasis is also placed on striving to achieve a high performance standard from her singers, who are expected to perform regularly in concerts, competitions and work towards singing examinations.
She has had several pupils performing at the West End; currently, one is embarking on performing the lead role in “Matilda the Musical” for the next six months. She also encourages teenage students to attend Eton Choral Courses and presently has a pupil in Ralph Alwood’s Rudolphus Choir. She prepares pupils for competitions, Associated Board Examinations (with a high percentage achieving distinctions at Grades 1 – 8), Entrance Auditions for Cathedral Schools, Diplomas for the London College of Music, G.C.S.E. and A Level examinations and has had success with many of them gaining Music Scholarships to various Senior Schools such as Wellington, Bradfield, Downe House, etc. and Choral Scholarships at Oxford; presently she has a pupil studying at the Guildford School of Acting.
Alison was born and educated in Cardiff. Early musical studies included the piano and flute as well as voice. She was a member of the South Glamorgan Training and Youth Orchestras, played a very active role in all her school musical activities, performed regularly in the Cardiff Scout and Guide Gang Shows and appeared several times as soloist at the Reardon Smith Theatre, Cardiff and won many prizes at Eisteddfods and local competitions. From 1982-1987 she studied at the Royal College of Music as a first study singer, second study piano and third study flute. She was a member of the RCM Chamber Choir under Sir David Willcocks and Peter Phillips, appeared as soloist in several RCM productions and concerts and was a recitalist with harpsichordist Gerald Gifford on many occasions. Prizes included Dorothy Silk Prize and the Harry Evans Award for the best Welsh Singer of the Year. Alison has been a soprano soloist for many Choral Societies in the South East, was a regular member of the BBC Service Choir at All Souls, Langham Place, before its move to Manchester in 1992 and sang with Timothy Salter’s Ionian Singers for a number of years. She has been a part of the St. Endellion Music Festival in Cornwall for many years, singing in the Choir and taking small solo roles.
Alison’s interest in teaching began at the Royal College of Music where she had a number of private pupils. She also taught class singing at the Hampshire School during her Post Graduate Year. She has a natural affinity with youngsters and especially enjoys the challenges they pose during the more turbulent, teenage years. She is an active member of her local Church and enjoys hosting and leading the Home group for 11 – 14 year olds at her home each week. She has many interests which include walking, cycling, badminton, netball, swimming and body boarding. She reads avidly and is a member of a local reading group. She enjoys many craft activities such as embroidery, knitting, sewing and crochet and loves baking and jam/chutney making. Alison is married to Bass Baritone Matthew Brook and they have three lovely, grown up girls, and a grandson.