Alan has been a versatile professional musician and musical director since his late teens. As a bassoonist, pianist, singer and composer/arranger he has worked professionally for 30 years alongside his other career as a teacher and headteacher. After studying at the Royal College of Music he played in and conducted professional, youth and amateur orchestras, musically directed choirs and musical theatre, and acted in many plays and shows. In the last 12 years Alan has returned to full time musical direction, composing, conducting and performance. In that time he has musically directed many productions in Devon including BBC Radio Devon’s first radio musical ‘The Day WIll Come’ written by Nick Stimson, many shows with the Plough Youth Theare in Torrington, big community shows with Anthony Richards (Common Players), and more recently has MD’d and produced youth productions with the new ACTiv8 Theatre.
With his creative partner Chris Speyer he has written and directed large scale musical shows for children, and about 30 songs for adults and children. Chris and Alan won a BBC Devon songwriting competition and created a piece for the Exeter Diocesan 1100th Year Celebration. Alan currently directs a wide range of vocal groups, a chamber orchestra and musical theatre shows. He also runs drama and singing workshops and lessons for adults, children and teens and continues to compose songs wtih Chris Speyer, and produce performance events in the local area through his organisation Kenarts, showcasing classical, jazz and pop musical talent from across the South West.