Harmonia Choir's Musical Director is local singer and teacher Alison Davis.
She founded Harmonia Choir in 2008 in response to the TV programme, 'Last Choir Standing', Malton already had a successful and long standing male voice choir in Malton District Male Voice Choir, but there was nothing similar for women. An appeal for members soon generated huge interest and Harmonia Choir was born.
Alison started singing at a very young age, training with Jenny Henry at the Kirkham-Henry Performing Arts Centre, Malton. She performed in numerous concerts, musicals and pantomimes, predominantly with Pickering Musical Society and the associated Youth Section.
Alison gained a BA(Hons) in music at Middlesex University where she developed her unique style of singing,
In 2000, Alison took part in the BBC show, 'Star for a Night', performing in front of a TV audience and panel of celebrities. Between 2000-2, she continued performing, working as lead vocalist with a touring company around the UK.
She began teaching young people in 2002 as a vocal teacher with North Yorkshire County Music Service, working with secondary aged children both individually and in small groups. She continues to work with a number of local schools on a freelance basis, covering a number of different genres and preparing pupils for examinations up to ABRSM Grade 8.
In 2003, Alison became a singing coach with Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Scarborough, giving musical theatre workshops to children aged 6-16. She then spent 4 years as the Musical Director of the Scarborough Music Centre Choir. This gave her a taste of working with larger groups, and under her tutelage the choir competed at the National Festival and performed numerous times in the local area.
During this time, Alison continued performing as lead vocalist with the George Bradley Big Band, entertaining large audiences throughout the UK.
She went on to become co-facilitator for Vocal Force, a national programme aimed at developing singing in Primary schools, encorporating the National Curriculum. Alison delivered training to teaching staff, enabling them to include more singing and music in the classroom.
Alison was animateur for the Ampleforth College Outreach Project between 2007-10, working with Key Stage 1 & 2 children on songs to be performed at Ampleforth Abbey alongside the choristers. Subsequent work included sessions with Reception children and supporting teachers with Christmas productions and performances.
She has designed and delivered a number of vocal workshops for local groups, working with their members on new and innovative musical styles and facilitating their development.
Alison lives in Rillington with her husband and two daughters.
Director - Alison Davis
Alison welcomes enquiries from schools, music groups and individuals.
To discuss your requirements, email email@example.com
"Alison is an inspirational leader who challenges us to be the best we can be."