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 studying music at Reading University, and went on to study it in Brussels with Wieland Kuijken and, later, with Jordi Savall in Basle.
She directs many courses for viol players, including the International Viol Summer School, which attracts 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 fourth reprint.
She has made around eighty 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, and most recently with Laurence Cummings, on a recording of the three Bach gamba sonatas, and playing Italian Virtuoso divisions on renaissance viols with Musica Antiqua on their latest release 'Word Play'.
She is President of the Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain.