Alison Kinder

Alison Kinder read music at Oxford University and was then given a scholarship by Trinity College of Music where she studied viol with Alison Crum, being awarded the college’s Silver Medal for Early Music Studies. She is a founder member of the UK viol consort Chelys, with whom she enjoys researching and performing programmes covering all aspects of consort music. The music magazine Gramophone said of their recent recording of Dowland, ‘if you’re looking for the most beautiful recording of the Lachrimae, this is unquestionably it’. Their recent projects have included a Dowland collaboration with soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, and a recording of the 5-part fantasias and vocal works of English composer Michael East with Fieri Consort.
Alison also has a particular interest in Renaissance viols (early viols made with no soundpost) with The Linarol Consort, who play on copies of the earliest surviving viol made by Franceso Linarolo. She has a great love of working with singers, and the affinity between the sound of the viol and the voice. She is viol player for the all-female Musica Secreta, revelling in the glorious sound of the earliest published music from the convents of renaissance Italy. She is particularly excited to be part of the project to record the newly discovered Lamentations of Antoine Brumel.
Venturing into the 18th Century with a beautiful 7-string viol named Flo, Alison plays with trio sonata group Saltarello, and a new group Apollo’s Revels with lutenist Lynda Sayce, exploring the relationship and theatrical dynamic of dance and music. Occasionally Alison holds her bow the wrong way up, abandons the frets, and plays baroque violin with baroque ensemble Dei Gratia.
A keen teacher of both children and adults, Alison is a tutor on Early Music courses across the UK, and is delighted to be visiting Mechelen this year.