Alison West
is a part-time ensemble and choral singer, choral director and composer based in the north of England. She has performed regularly for many years, both with the Hepton Singers, a chamber choir based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, and until 2008 with the vocal ensemble Cantorelli, of which she was a founder member. Since 2002 she has co-directed the Hepton Singers, who have a reputation for imaginative and unusual repertoire, often by living composers. Her a cappella works include two collaborations with Donald Atkinson, winner of the Peterloo Poets Prize and the TLS Cheltenham Festival Prize, both premiered at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival: Rehearsing the languages of birds (2007) and Afresh (2010). For women’s voices, Alison's Enchanted (poem by Angela Cairns, describing a boat trip to remote Scottish islands) and Sea Songs (an atmospheric setting of three Emily Dickinson poems) were both premiered in October 2010 by the vocal ensemble Alyssium. She has recently completed a setting of poems about the Brontë sisters by Amanda Dalton. You can contact Alison by this e-mail link.
Price Band
A completely new and serene setting of this famous song. Flowing lines and a lilting 6/8 meter create something delicate and wistful, yet heartfelt. 2m 15s see it • hear a synthesized rendering
Music: Alison West. Words: Arthur Somervell.
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