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Alison Stephens
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Image: Alison StephensAbout Alison Stephens

Alison Stephens was arguably the leading exponent of the classical mandolin in the UK. She was the first graduate of mandolin from Trinity College of Music, London, and was appointed as a teacher upon graduation. Alison also played across the UK and toured extensively across the Far and Middle East; Australia, South Africa, across Europe and in USA.

She frequently broadcast and recorded live for radio including BBC Radios 3 and 4, Classic FM, ABC (Australia), SABC (South Africa) and BBC Radio Scotland. She also presented her own BBC Radio 4 feature which was subsequently nominated for a Sony Award.

Highlights include recitals at Kent, York, Warwick, Reading, Hull, Brunel, Bradford and Durham Universities and Dartington International Summer School; Concerto performances with the Southern Orchestral Society, the Bratislava Chamber the Johannesburg Philharmonic and the KZN Durban Philharmonic Orchestras; solo recitals at the Warwick, Edinburgh and Bury St Edmunds Festivals and at Newbury Corn Exchange, Binham Priory, Lincoln Drill Hall and various Duo recitals for Avon Valley Concerts, Summer Music Society of Dorset, Ackworth Concert Club, Adur Arts Forum, Saddleworth Festival, Finchcocks and Suffolk Vilagges Festivals and Boston Concert Club.

In addition to concerto performances, Alison regularly give recitals both solo and as a duo with Craig Ogden (guitar) or with Lauren Scott (harp) as Duo Mandala and also with Steven Devine (fortepiano/piano).

Alison's recordings include: Music from the Novels of Louis de Bernières (CHAN9780) with Craig Ogden (it was pick of the week in The Daily Telegraph and Chandos’ fastest ever selling classical CD), Mandolin Concerto in G by Hummel (CHAN9925) with the London Mozart Players (Howard Shelley), also on the Chandos label; Tapestry (BBM1088), a CD of evocative British contemporary music for mandolin and harp (nominated for Editor’s choice in the Gramophone), on the Black Box label and Con Espressione (AS05), a solo CD dedicated to the Italian Romantic era. A CD dedicated to the works of Raffaele Calace (1863-1934) for mandolin and piano (Steven Devine) incl. the two virtuosic concertos for the combination is due for release on the Naxos label (8.570434) on 28th Aug 2007.

As well as the Louis de Bernières CD, Alison worked on several other projects in connection with Captain Corelli’s Mandolin including a sell-out stage show which notched up well over 500 performances in several different countries and over 100 different venues. Alison also played on the soundtrack for the Hollywood film starring Nicholas Cage.

Alison Stephens was a wonderful artist unfortunately Alison lost her fight against cancer on Sunday 10th October 2010

An exceptional musician sadly missed.

Website: http://www.alisonstephens.com

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