Alison Francis Black
I gained a first class honours degree in Human Sciences at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. Whilst there I won a music scholarship and music prizes and spent most of my undergraduate and postgraduate life immersed in musical activities. As a post graduate, I qualified as a teacher and gained a PhD in educational research. I love working with students of all ages and I particularly enjoy our educational projects in local schools. I also have a teaching practice in the South West. As well as teaching I play for the London Gala Orchestra and the Lorien Ensemble.
I also enjoy recording – some of my favourites have included ITV’s The Bill, Scoop and BBC’s Songs of Praise – and I love World Music and have worked on albums with artists from the UK, Cuba, Columbia and the Lebanon. I love folk music and performed with the band The Treefolkers at Priddy Folk Festival in 2012. I am also a founder member of the Celtic Folk Band Vervain, and run the Lochrian Ceilidh Band which provides music for dancing, and plays acoustic music with a Celtic Twist for Weddings, Dinners and other events.
In 2005 I co-founded Top of the Tots – music and signing classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and children with additional needs. My colleague and I share a passion to promote the musical development of young children and to aid communication between parents and their children. We have a wonderfully rewarding time with the children we work with. We run classes in my home town of Yatton.
I love spending time with my husband and son. I also enjoy walking with my Border Collie, Rufus, yoga and reading.