ALISON MANTON, Accompanist and Assistant Musical Director
Alison has been Accompanist to the Angmering Chorale since 2005, and more recently also its Assistant Conductor.
Alison studied music at Bretton Hall, Leeds University. She studied piano with the much acclaimed accompanist and harpsichordist, Christopher Wood, and later with Jessie Jamieson. She studied composition with Patrick Standford, and is a past winner of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Composer’s Award.
She has accompanied the Chorale’s concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, London. She has also accompanied Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man at the Cathedrale de St Pierre, Beauvais, and La Cathedrale de Notre-Dame, Amiens. In 2009 she travelled to New York to accompany the rehearsals leading up to the American Premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater, conducted by Jonathan Griffith at the Lincoln Centre, Avery Fisher Hall.
In September 2010, Alison was selected to play the piano in David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, as part of the African Sanctus 2010 project, at Canterbury Cathedral. She transcribed and played the last improvisations of Fanshawe’s last performance of the piano solo. This performance was dedicated to the Fanshawe family, as a celebration of Fanshawe’s life.
In April 2011 , Alison accompanied the Angmering Chorale in two concerts in Breda, Netherlands. She has also accompanied our concerts in the Brandenburg Festival series in London, hosted in St Paul's Church, Covent Garden in 2017, in addition to accompanying for the Angmering Chorale home concerts series.
Recent engagements include accompanying Billingshurst Choral Society in Vienna, 2015 and Angmering Chorale in Paris, 2016.