Our Accompanist is Alison Blundell who started with us in 2013. She was awarded a keyboard scholarship at Oxford University, gained an MA in music and was a frequent accompanist for concerts and undergraduate auditions, and performed solos at various venues in Oxford. She performed various piano concerti, including Grieg’s piano concerto aboard the QEII on two cruises to New York accompanied by the Oxford Chamber Orchestra plus at conservatories in New York and Philadelphia.
Alison led the Oxford University Orchestra, played in the Oxford Chamber Orchestra, sang soprano in Schola Centorum and performed as a soprano soloist across Oxford and elsewhere; she also formed and conducted a university choir. In recognition of her music making, she was awarded the Rachel Maclean prize for improving College life and raising the profile of the College within the University.
Alison gained her PGSE from Cambridge University and has taught since at a number of schools including Framlingham College (she taught the young Ed Sheeran) and Bishop’s Stortford College. Currently, she teaches music up to A Level at Badminton School and violin, piano, singing, theory and composition privately. She still plays with the Oxford Chamber Orchestra and conducts or provides accompaniment for ensembles, choirs, theatre productions, ballet exams, music festivals, auditions, exams and school productions on a regular basis.
Alison was our Guest Conductor at our performance of Elijah in St Mary’s Church, Wedmore in December 2017 and stood in as our Musical Director, Concert Organiser and Conductor for our Carols by Candlelight Concert in All Saints Church, Wrington in November 2019.