Alison Ponsford-Hill (soprano) is much in demand as a soloist, ensemble singer and teacher throughout the UK and abroad. She sings with several world class ensembles including the Monteverdi Choir, I Fagiolini, The Tallis Scholars and Polyphony, and has performed in many of world’s top concert halls, frequently appearing as a soloist with these groups. Such step out roles have included singing solos in Handel’s Israel in Egypt on a tour with the Monteverdi Choir, appearing as a soloist at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in a programme of JC Bach cantatas and again singing solos in the Queen Elisabeth Hall with The Sixteen. Alison also regularly performs as a soloist across the UK, with notable performances including Monteverdi’s Vespers in Winchester Cathedral, Bach’s Johannes-Passion in Salisbury Cathedral and being nominated for a Gramophone Award for a recording of Howells’s Sine Nomine with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Following time as one of the first girl-choristers at Salisbury Cathedral, Alison went on to Trinity College, Cambridge, where she sang under the direction of Richard Marlow whilst completing a Geography degree. She continued her studies at King’s College, London, where she undertook a Masters degree on climate change whilst continuing to build her musical career.
Alison is a well-respected teacher, particularly of young voices, having taught at Westminster Under School and Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School for a number of years and now at Eton College and University College, Oxford. She has also enjoyed working with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir, and spends much of her time working for the charity Songbound, which she has helped to set up, running choirs for disadvantaged children in India.
A keen exponent of chamber music, Alison has formed two exciting new ensembles with whom she frequently performs: A Musical Dreame, a lute a voice duo exploring early English songs and Galan, a group specialising in Italian Renaissance music for three sopranos and continuo.