Alison Crum is one of the best known British exponents of the viol. As teacher, performer, and moving-spirit behind several well-known groups, she travels all over the world giving recitals and lectures, and teaching on summer schools and workshops.
She got her first viol while reading music at Reading University, and went on to study it with Wieland Kuijken in Brussels, and later, with Jordi Savall in Basle. She has made over ninety recordings - mostly with the Consort of Musicke, the Dowland Consort, Musica Antiqua of London, and the Rose Consort of Viols - but also featuring as a soloist on two discs of Marais, a recording of the three Bach Gamba sonatas with Laurence Cummings, and playing Italian Virtuoso divisions on renaissance viols with Musica Antiqua on their 'Word Play' CD.
She is President of the Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain, and is Professor of Viol at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. She directs many courses for viol players, including the International Viol Summer School, attracting players from all over the world, and has had published a series of graded music books centred around her highly acclaimed textbook 'Play the Viol' - now in its fifth reprint. Her second book, 'The Viol Rules' was published in November 2009. For more details about this book see the Viol Rules page on this site.