Alison Crum
Alison Crum

I try to teach everyone on their own level, so although usually teaching a group of 5 or 6 people together I have something to recommend to each individual as well to help them improve their own technique as well as a better understanding of the music.

What will students gain if they come on one of your courses?

A greater understanding of structure of the music we are studying, and technical advice on how to achieve the musical effect we are looking for.

Are there any particular techniques/processes you use in your teaching?

I relate the musical questions to the technical ones, so technique is taught as the need arises in any piece of music that is being played.

What inspires your own work?

My enthusiasm for music of the 16th to 18th centuries, and for the viol as an instrument, combined with a wish to show others how to enjoy the same things.

Where can students see examples of your work?

They can hear me on more than 85 recordings, but to see me they will need to come to one of my concerts or courses.

Where did you gain your training/experience?

Reading University (BA Hons) London University (PGCE).
Further study abroad with Wieland Kuijken in Brussels and Jordi Savall in Basle.
Also hold qualifications on Recorder (LTCL) and French Horn (LRAM)

What teaching experience have you had?

30 years of teaching both individuals (mainly adults) and courses worldwide, Professor at Trinity College of Music, visiting teacher at many universities in Britain and in the USA.

Have you written any books/had articles published?

Play the viol published by OUP in 1989 (5 reprints).
Several graded books of music published for viola players.
Several articles and reviews in various professional magazines.

Do you belong to any professional groups/societies?

President of the Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain.
Member of the Musicians Union and ISM.