Young Scottish Soprano Alison McNeill (23) graduated with Honours from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2008 where she was awarded, amongst others, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music scholarships.
Alison began her musical studies as a violinist and received scholarships to attend the RSAMD Junior Academy where she led the Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. During this time she also as a regular soloist and member of the RSNO Junior Chorus and the National Youth Choir of Scotland taking part in many prestigious events including The Opening of the Scottish Parliament, BBC Proms in the Park, Opening of the Edinburgh International Festival, singing the solo “We’re Walking in the Air” (The Snowman) by Howard Blake with the RSNO Orchestra in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and various CD recordings.
As a regular recitalist and concert singer Alison’s UK engagements include Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, Haydn’s Scots Songs with the Cantelina Chamber Music Festival on the Island of Islay and recitals for Voices in Paisley and the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Oratorio experience includes Handel’s Messiah, Charpentier’s Te Deum in Glasgow Cathedral, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Zelenka’s Magnificat in D, Rutter's Feel the Spirit, Saint Saens' Christmas Oratorio, the Mozart Requiem, the Kodaly Missa Brevis at the International Kodaly Conference and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the BBC SSO broadcast for Radio 3 and BBC Scotland. In opera Alison has performed the role of Susana (Marriage of Figaro) in scenes and understudied the lead role in Jonathan Dove’s Flight in the RSAMD.
As a fine interpreter of Scots Song Alison has sung in Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Kelvingrove Museum and Fernie Castle and her recital of Celtic Music with harp in Hafton Castle led to the recording of “Celtic Magic”, a collection of songs from around Celtic Britain accompanied by harpist Eleanor Holley. Alison also performed at the Festival Finale of the Burns ‘n’ a’ That Festival alongside the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and in Glasgow City Chambers on the night Glasgow was announced host city of the Commonwealth Games.
Alison has a particular flair and passion for the research and performance of Spanish Song and has had the great honour of studying the interpretation of this genre with Teresa Berganza in Spain. Alison has given Spanish song recitals in Madrid, Granada and Mexico and also had the honour of singing in the house of the composer Joaquin Rodrigo. As part of a successful series of concerts in Mexico the newspaper “El Sol de Toluca” described Alison’s voice as “extraordinary”. Alison has appeared on Spanish and Mexican Television and is passionate about bringing this little known repertoire to a wider audience.
Future engagements include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Mass in c Minor, Hadyn’s Scots Songs and recitals in Granada (Spain), The Hague (Holland) and the UK. Alison will perform with guitarist Javier Hernandez Tagle in a series of concerts in Mexico in 2010.
Alison was invited to join Scottish Voices in February 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed her first series of concerts with the group on their American Tour.
For more information please visit www.alisonmcneill.com