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Alley, John

Pianist who started out singing in the Westminster Abbey choir and attended the Guildhall School of Music where he studied piano with James Gibb.

Groups with whom he has worked include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Deutz Trio, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Voices.

In 1981, he had the honor of performing Les Noces by Igor Stravinsky on the Royal wedding night.

He participated in BBC Prom 08 on 25th July 1985, which included a performance of “Symphony No. 4” by Charles Ives.

In 1992, he showed off his multi-tasking abilities in 1992 when he consumed a pint of beer whilst playing the cadenza of “Suite for the Hypothetically Murdered” by Dmitri Shostakovich.

He and fellow LSO members Roy Carter and Paul Edmund-Davies co-founded the Deutz Trio in 1993.

On 15th August 1998, he took part in the BBC Proms’ Choral Day which featured David Matthews’ Vespers and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

He was also integral in Prom 64 on 7th September 2002.  On the program were “A fuego lento” by Horacio Salgan, “Fuga y misterio” and “Romance del Diablo” by Astor Piazzolla and “Nocturna” by Julian Plaza.

On 22nd August 2004, he performed Colin McPhee’s “Tabuh-tabuhan” at Prom 49.  The aforementioned BBC Proms are but a sampling of the hundreds of Proms concerts in which he participated.

He was the soloist when the LSO performed “Quirk” by Karl Jenkins at the Swansea Festival in 2008.

Recordings on which he appears include Cuvee Acoustique with the Deutz Trio; Flute… with Lisa Nelsen; Gubaidulina:  The Canticle of the Sun/Music for Flute, Strings & Percussion with the London Voices; Ideale:  Songs of Paolo Tosti by Ben Heppner; John Adams:  Chamber Symphony/Grand Pianola Music with the London Sinfonietta; McPhee:  Balinese Ceremonial Music & Tabuh-Tabuhan/Britten:  Prince of the Pagodas Suite with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Mendelssohn:  5 Symphonies/7 Overtures with the London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra; and, Quirk by Karl Jenkins.

In the field of music education, he has given master classes and been active with the London Flute Academy, LSO Discovery program and Wind Instruments.

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