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Alison Crum

Professorial Staff - Viols


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444

Email: a.crum@trinitylaban.ac.uk

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Alison Crum is one of the best known British exponents of the viol. As a 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 the University of Reading, and went on to study it in Brussels with Wieland Kuijken and, later, with Jordi Savall in Basel.

She directs many courses for viol players, including the International Viol Summer School, which attracts players from all over the world, and has published a series of graded music books centered around her highly acclaimed textbook Play the Viol – which has been reprinted several times.

She is President of the Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain.

Creative Outputs

She has made around 80 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.