The King's School in Macclesfield


    Musical Maestro Retires After 24 Years

    Musical Maestro Retires After 24 Years

    Musical maestro Alison Lea’s 'greatest hits' were played back to her in a compilation video as part of a final day assembly to mark her retirement as Director of Music of The King’s School’s Infant & Junior Division.


    For 24 years, the teacher, director and composer has inspired King’s youngest pupils to love music, including staging an exciting mix of colourful, comic and dramatic productions.

    The school has won a whole host of prizes in local music festivals while her own work has been widely published for other schools to produce and enjoy.


    Alison recalled her highlights: “I loved seeing the children's musical progress each year and was thrilled to work with all our different choirs and ensembles. Our success in both the Choral and Large Ensemble classes at the Alderley Edge Music Festival this year was the culmination of a year of outstanding music making from the children. Highlights from my teaching career have been the Macclesfield and Bollington Music Festival, which enabled schools from around the area to perform together as a massed choir, and also recording a charity Christmas Single with King's pupils, which forged a link between King's and Destiny Garden School in Kenya. This was something truly special and rewarding. I am obviously delighted that so many former pupils, some of whom have returned today, have gone on to have rewarding careers in music.”

    She added that the secret to getting children excited about the dramatic arts was: “To involve every child as much as possible in productions. That way all the children feel engaged, valued and responsible for the success of the production.”


    Alison, who trained at Manchester University and The Royal Northern College of Music and was an orchestral percussionist, pianist and Musical Director before joining King’s, says teaching has changed dramatically over the last quarter of a century. “In Music lessons, the use of video clips, access to world music and musical websites have added another important dimension to the children's learning. The BBC Ten Pieces initiative has been really important.”


    Now Alison is hoping to develop her composing and writing under her pseudonym Alison Carver.


    Pupil Rory Horne, 10, a trumpet and recorder player, said: “She is amazing! I just don’t know how she can play so many instruments. She has helped us make some wonderful music.”




    Alison is pictured with pupil Rory Horne.


    Alison with current and former pupils at her final assembly. 

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