Alison Howell


Alison Howell studied with Dr. Peter Hurford at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated with BMus (London). In 1985 she won the Open Class, the Recital Award and the Michael James Scholarship in the West of England Organ Festival Competition held in Bath Abbey. Following a post-graduate year Alison was awarded scholarships by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Tillett Trust and The Worshipful Company of Musicians to continue her studies with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Sweelinck Conservatoire in Amsterdam and with David Sanger in London. In 1987 Alison gained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists and won the prestigious Coventry Cathedral Recital Award for outstanding performance of the pieces. At this time Alison became a Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on piano, passing with distinction.

Alison is based in Bristol where she works as a freelance musician. She frequently accompanies choral groups and soloists throughout the UK and Europe. Alison is currently the accompanist for Cheltenham Choral Society, the University of the West of England Singers, Bristol Cabot Choir and Redmaids’ High Junior School Choir. She has played for choral days with David Willcocks, John Rutter and Bob Chilcott and has accompanied Dame Felicity Lott in concert.

She is organist of St John the Baptist Church, Keynsham. With the choir there Alison has made numerous recordings and has accompanied many tours and cathedral visits.

As a recitalist Alison has played in numerous cathedrals, concert halls and churches. Recent venues have included Bath Abbey, Truro Cathedral, St Mary Redcliffe Church, Westminster Cathedral, Westbury on Trym Parish Church, Holy Trinity, Frome and the Central Freemason’s Hall.  She is a member of the newly formed Society of Women Organists and stands on the committee as “Ideas Officer”. She was author of the idea behind “Woman Composers Sunday” – an annual event which held its’ successful first day in March 2021.