Profile of Musical Director

Our Music Director is the accomplished soprano Alison Phillips.

Alison studied singing at the Northern School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, from where she graduated in 1973. She then became a member of the BBC Northern Singers and spent many years involved in live radio and television broadcasts, recordings, and appearances at all the major British music festivals. She also became a much-in-demand oratorio singer and concert soloist appearing with many Choral Societies throughout the North West of England.

Whilst developing her career in solo and choral singing Alison also qualified as a teacher. Her career in education led to Primary School Headship where she derived great pleasure in supporting and developing singing and instrumental music alongside her teaching and administrative duties.

Alison joined the Nantwich Singers as a soprano in the 1990 and, following the retirement of previous Music Director Tony Metcalfe, moved to take on the role of Music Director in 2015. Alison is delighted to have found this new vocation. She is passionate about all aspects of choral singing and feels privileged to have the opportunity to conduct and develop this choir. Since taking over the baton of Nantwich Singers she has also become Director of Music at St Mary’s Church in Nantwich where she directs the church choir and has founded the junior singing group SING!@ St Mary’s.

“Having spent many years singing with Stephen Wilkinson as a member of both the BBC Northern Singers and the William Byrd Singers, furthering my singing studies under Caroline Crawshaw, and developing my conducting with Keith Orrell and Sue Hollingworth I am now relishing the opportunity to share this wealth of knowledge and bring an exciting and dynamic choral sound to our audience”

Alison Phillips

Alison Phillips