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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
Alison is hoping to develop her composing and writing under her
pseudonym Alison Carver.
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.”
pictured with pupil Rory Horne.
Alison with current and former pupils at her