“Another young graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the soprano singer & fiddler is already making her mark around the world and looks to be heading for a big career as another good cultural ambassador.” All Celtic Music, 2009.
Classically trained Scottish Soprano and Fiddler, Alison McNeill, began her musical career as a first study violinist at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Junior Department before making her singing debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall at the age of sixteen. She graduated in 2013 with a Masters in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under a Scholarship from the RCS Trust. In her glittering career she has taken part in many prestigious events including the Opening of the Scottish Parliament, performing at the Finale of the Burns ‘n’ a’ That Festival alongside the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and singing “Flower of Scotland” at Scotland International Rugby Games.
Her technique, musicianship and ability to charm her audiences have taken her all around the UK, Holland, Germany, Austria, Spain, America and Mexico as well as being broadcast on BBC Scotland, BBC Radio 3, Schotten Radio (Germany), Bangladeshi, Spanish and Mexican Television. Alison has a very busy and varied portfolio of performance work as well as being in demand as a violin and voice teacher.
Alison has sung as a soloist with many prestigious orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra and the Cantelina Chamber Ensemble on the beautiful Hebridean Island of Islay. She has a particular passion for the research and performance of Spanish Song and was one of eight singers selected from across the world to study the interpretation of this genre with the renowned mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza. Alison is the winner of the 2012 Andres Segovia Prize for Spanish Song (Spain) and was the first non-native Spanish speaker to win this award. She was selected to perform works by Spain’s leading composer Anton Garcia Abril in the Ateneo (Madrid) and in Madrid’s famous “Clasicos en Verano” Chamber Music Festival which was recorded by Spanish National Radio. Alison has just returned from Mexico where she gave a series of concerts with Mexican musicians La Camaraderia and made a recording which is due to be released later this year.
As one half of an exciting and talented voice and guitar duo with Sasha Savaloni Alison’s prestigious performances include the Big Guitar Weekend Festival gaining a mention in the Classical Guitar Magazine, a recital in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a performance and recording for BBC Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped presented by Jamie McDougall. The Duo also work with a flamenco dancer and cajon player exploring Flamenco repertoire. (www.mcneillsavaloniduo.co.uk)
As a fine interpreter of Traditional music, away from Reely Jiggered, Alison has performed in Charles Rennie Macintosh’s House for an Art Lover, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling 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 which received a 5 star review from All Celtic Music.
For more information please visit www.alisonmcneill.com