Alison Green

Sub-Principal Bassoon

Alison Green - Biography 2

Alison Green was born in Edinburgh and studied bassoon with Edgar Williams at the RSAMD, where she won the Governors’ Recital Prize and the Choral Conducting Prize. On completing her studies in Glasgow, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth 11 Silver Jubilee Scholarship for study in Switzerland. She spent a year at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, studying with Roger Birnstingl.

On her return home, she pursued a busy freelance career and for several years was Principal Bassoon of the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Since 1990 Alison has been 2nd bassoon of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, thriving on the variety of work which the orchestra undertakes. She has appeared as Contrabassoon soloist in the Strathclyde Concerto No.9 by sir Peter Maxwell Davies. She was also part of the experimental ensemble, SCO Lab, which culminated in Alison being one of the soloists for the 2009 SCO tour of India with Amjad Ali Khan.

An important part of Alison’s life in the orchestra is her work with SCO Connect, the orchestra’s creative learning team. She is often to be found working creatively with schoolchildren or performing chamber music with her colleagues for the SCO Big Ears Little Ears concerts. Recently, she has been working with other SCO musicians on the ground breaking ReConnect project, which involves interactive music-making for people living with dementia. She has undertaken extra training by taking part in ‘ Train and Sustain’, an initiative of Enterprise Music Scotland.

Alison also enjoys working with students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, teaching bassoon, chamber music and reed making and tutors regularly for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

Backstage with...Peter and Alison