Alice Allen

Alice at work

Alice Allen grew up in Banchory, Aberdeenshire and is now based in rural Stirlingshire. She was formerly young artist in residence with the Scottish Ensemble and has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland. Alice has recorded with many leading folk artists including Concerto Caledonia (Baroque Cello) and former BBC young traditional musician of the year Robyn Stapleton and MG ALBA Scots Singer of the year Iona Fyfe. Her playing has taken her to the BBC Proms, the Wigmore Hall, Europe and India and she has worked with many of the country’s leading performing groups including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Concerto Calendonia, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Concertante and the Brodick Quartet. Alice performs regularly with fiddler Alastair Savage and is Chamber Music Scotland’s Ensemble in Residence 2019-21 as one half of the duo GAIA, with violinist Katrina Lee. Sally Beamish, Kim Moore, and Duncan Strachan are some of the composers who have been commissioned to write for GAIA 2020-21. Alice’s playing style is deeply rooted in both the Scottish music tradition and the classical music tradition and she is tutor of Scottish traditional cello at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This year she released the album ‘The Curlew’, with Nyckelharpa player Gabi Maas.