Allison has had much experience with all aspects of music-making and her support for festival work has resulted in a great many festivals overseas. She was a prime mover in ensuring the start of the new festival in Raleigh, USA and has held fundraisers which have supported festivals in the Far East. Allison taught at Greshams in Norfolk, where she specialised in Music Theatre.. Her workshops include French for Singers, Musical Theatre performances and workshops for students with special needs. She is now based in Gloucestershire.
Allison gained an honours degree in French at the University College of Swansea. Later she studied music and obtained a Licentiate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall College of Music and Trinity College of Music. She holds also a Fellowship of the London College of Music and a Fellowship from Sri Lanka.
Allison was awarded several contracts for BBC radio for schools. The programme was Music Club, produced by Albert Chatterley for teenage students. It was presented by Gary Taylor, a member of a pop band called The Herd. A weekly programme, it had a good following across the UK.
Allison adjudicates most music classes, but specialises in piano and voice. Her work as an examiner and adjudicator takes her to most parts of England and Wales and to Scotland, Northern Ireland, Eire, Hong Kong (6 visits) and Sri Lanka (7 visits). She was also invited to the USA where she adjudicated at the Sir Walter Raleigh Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her examining has taken her to Greece, Singapore, Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
She is a huge supporter of the Federation and always attends the Federation Conference, 2016 Brighton and 2017 Solihull.
As a proficient and experienced public speaker, Allison’s work includes public speaking, both teaching and performing, with a special interest in poetry readings and performances. She also lectures and performs, has talked to WI’s in Norfolk and reads the lesson in St. Patrick’s church in Brockworth, Gloucestershire.
She is a mezzo-soprano, singing solo and ensemble and has performed with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra.
She was awarded the Bronze medal for her Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
She has attended several royal receptions and has had the pleasure of meeting Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at St James’s Palace and The Count and Countess of Wessex amongst many others.
Allison has a great many interests, her latest venture is writing a novel based in Camden and concerns saint Pancras. She also speaks fluent French and German, with some Spanish and Italian.
She reached the final of The Weakest Link and also took part in Pointless with her grandson, Ben and reached the head-to-head. Much laughter when she named a winter Olympic competitor as Burt Kwok.
Allison has a great many hobbies including music (of course!), Radio 6, all technical and digital gadgets, including her wonderful iWatch, reading and she also has two secret loves in Alan Bennett and Pavarotti.
She has an amazing family of children and grandchildren. Her husband, Anthony died in August 2016 and is greatly missed by them all.
Allison Walker-Morecroft was an outstanding ambassador for the Federation... Her verbal remarks are engaging and informative – the audience were hanging on her every word!
A beautiful personality and wise from her experiences, she made the festival special by her presence. Her address to the students and public before the awards presentations was brilliant. I have rarely witnessed such eloquence in a speaker.
Allison is constructive and encouraging in all her comments, and extremely easy to work with – which is absolutely vital over a nine-day festival like ours