In addition to her teaching, Alice is an experienced choral conductor and works as MD for the University of Plymouth Choral Society (retiring May 2020).
She was formerly Musical Director of Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society, the Haddo Combined Treble Voice Choir and the Haddo Voices in one form or another from 1990 – 2017.
Alice has always worked with non-auditioned singers, but nevertheless, her youth choirs achieved great success at local and national level.
The Children’s Choir gained a first place in Scotland in Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year 2002, and the Youth Choir the same in 2004 (now called BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year).
In 2006 she formed a choir made up of 80 non auditioned treble voices aged 11 – 82, taken from the 3 Haddo choirs (known as the HCTVC) into Choir of the Year 2006. They not only won the Scottish heat, but qualified for the two finals down in Cardiff. They eventually walked away as overall runners up, having appeared on local and national TV and radio.
The choir again achieved an Open Choir of the Day certificate (Edinburgh heat) in the 2010 competition, making them top in Scotland again.
With HHCOS, she trained them for many concerts and operas conducted by renowned guest conductors to professional and critical acclaim.
She also trained and conducted them herself in major sell out concerts: such as Soiree Française, the Mozart Requiem, a French Concert, Haydn’s Nelson’s Mass and a concert performance of Dido and Aeneas, all with professional soloists and orchestra. She also conducted sell out performances of The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance and Iolanthe with casts of all ages, most of the principals being her singing pupils.
Until may 2020, she trained and conducted UPCS. Recent performances include the Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, the Faure Requiem, the Vivaldi Gloria,the Bach Magnificat and the Mozart Requiem alongside carols at Christmas, all in the the Minster of St Andrew’s in Plymouth. Corona virus restrictions meant she missed her final two concerts with the choir.
As a chorus director, Alice strives to keep rehearsals with choirs fast and fun and to achieve the highest standard of performance possible with particular focus on vocal technique and performance detail.
Alice is always happy to take choral workshops, deputise for other chorus masters within the area, adjudicate vocal and piano competitions and go into schools to do free singing workshops with young people. Contact her for more information.