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St Mary Redcliffe: ALISON HOWELL

St Mary Redcliffe: ALISON HOWELL


Thu 2 Nov 2023    
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm


St Mary Redcliffe
Redcliffe Way, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6RA
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St John the Baptist, Keynsham

  • Sonata no 3 (Preludio, Adagio Molto, Fuga) – Alexandre Guilmant
  • O Rex Gentium & O Clavis David – Cecilia MacDowall
  • Tiger – Errollyn Wallen
  • In Paradisum – Ghislaine Reece-Trapp
  • Etoile du Soir & Carillon de Westminster – Louis Vierne

Alison Howell studied with Dr. Peter Hurford at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated with BMus (London). In 1985 she won the Open Class, the Recital Award and the Michael James Scholarship in the West of England Organ Festival Competition held in Bath Abbey. Following a post-graduate year Alison was awarded scholarships by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Tillett Trust and The Worshipful Company of Musicians to continue her studies with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Sweelinck Conservatoire in Amsterdam and with David Sanger in London. In 1987 Alison gained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists and won the prestigious Coventry Cathedral Recital Award for outstanding performance of the pieces. At this time Alison became a Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on piano, passing with distinction.

Alison is based in Bristol where she works as a freelance musician. She is currently the accompanist for Cheltenham Choral Society, the University of the West of England Singers and Bristol Cabot Choir, and is organist of St John the Baptist Church, Keynsham.

She is a member of the Society of Women Organists for whom she coordinates “Woman Composer Sunday”, an annual event, held on the nearest Sunday to International Women’s Day, to promote organ and liturgical music by women composers. Look out for WCS 2024 which will be on Sunday 10th March.

Admission free – optional retiring collection.