Morris Monday: Alison’s most ambitious work so far – please click here to visit the Morris Monday page and listen to excerpts from a live recording of the premiere performance.
Arena Overture: Although the bulk of this piece was written in 2012 after a summer of Olympic and Paralympic excitement, the main melody started life as a folk tune called ‘The Heron’, written and arranged for violin trio by Alison Rowley at the English Acoustic Collective Summer School in Gloucestershire in July 2011.
Journey’s End: Inspired by John McCrae’s poem In Flander’s Fields, this tribute to the fallen of World War I was premiered at LSO St Luke’s in London after being chosen by Sound and Music (formerly SPNM) as an example of the best in youth music. It has since been performed by the Essex Concert Orchestra, the South Essex Youth Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge University’s Orchestra On The Hill and the Morris Orchestra at Cecil Sharp House.
The Night Before Christmas: An uplifting narrated setting of the popular seasonal poem, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. Written in 2010, this has been performed twice by the South Essex Youth Symphony Orchestra at their annual Christmas concert.
The Heron: A folk tune written by Alison at the 2011 EAC summer school at Ruskin Mill, Gloucestershire. Here is a short arrangement for three fiddles (one melody and two accompanying parts).
Gloucester Processional: In 2014 Alison was commissioned to devise a new work for pipe and tabor, suitable for memorisation and playing by ear. You can watch the first rehearsal here:
24 Ribbons: a 3/2 hornpipe written in 2018 before Alison embarked on a maypole dance teaching tour. Here is a short arrangement for string quartet.
Blueberry Pie: a slow reel, presented here in a short arrangement for violin ensemble.
Carols From The Countryside
In 2013 Alison created orchestral arrangements of traditional carols for the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s annual carol concert, Carols From The Countryside. Several of the songs can be found in the playlist below. All of these arrangements are available to hire. Please contact Alison for more details on difficulty and instrumentation.
Small ensemble pieces
In The Open: A song cycle on the theme of weather and seasons, in the words of Anne Bronte and Robert Louis Stephenson. Written for voice and piano, this collection of three songs was influenced by the English pastoral style of Vaughan Williams and Ravel. The sound file below contains excerpts from a live recording for baritone and piano:
My Kingdom For A Horse: A diversion from Alison’s usual composing style, this brass quartet was inspired by the dramatic finale of Shakespeare’s play Richard III and uses the speech rhythms of key quotations in the play. The line “my horse, my horse, my kingdom for a horse” is particularly prominent.
Current and Future Projects
Alison is now beginning a new narration project for orchestra, this time with the theme of Bedtime Stories.
She is also writing a suite for solo piano inspired by astronomy and scientific exploration of the universe.