Alice Williamson

clarinet tutor and workshop leader


British/Croatian Alice Williamson is a clarinettist, vocalist and composer with a strongly academic background. She gain first class honours in Music at Cambridge University – where she studied composition with Giles Swayne – and then attained a doctoral scholarship to study ancient Chinese music and astronomy. She is an active and popular performer, leader and collaborator in the world, folk and gypsy jazz scenes in London, performing and recording with artists from Congo and Senegal to Turkey and Argentina, at venues including Royal Festival Hall and Kensington Palace as well as working as a session musician for BBC Television. Her commissioned composition work includes: music and sound for Awa’s Journey (Union Dance) in collaboration with kora player Mosi Konde; writing, arranging and performing music for SAGE Dance/BackStory Ensemble; co-writing the score for educational film The Starry Messenger, distributed internationally in 2009. As well as teaching clarinet and musicality to all ages, Alice has run music/arts workshops for disadvantaged city children with Kids Company (covering a range of topics from rap and poetry to story-telling and dance); music-writing workshops for local children at Le Tout Petit Festival Musical in France; and currently works with a Forest School in Camden, providing creative support and encouragement for city children. She has volunteered with A Home For Winter and CalAid in Calais, homeless charity Crisis in London, and provided music for care homes in London/South England.