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ALISON BENTLEY BA(HONS.), PGCE, DIP.RSA, ADVANCED CERT. IN JAZZ AND STUDIO MUSIC (Guildhall School of Music)

Singing (popular styles)
01865 718266
Mobile: 07711 372846
Email: alisonbentley@jazzmenagerie.freeserve.co.uk



Alison has been a professional singer for over 15 years, specialising in jazz, soul, gospel and folk music. She taught singing on the BTEC Performing Arts and Popular Music courses at Oxford College of Further Education for 5 years, and jazz and singing at Ruskin College, Oxford, where she still teaches part-time.

After postgraduate jazz studies at the Guildhall School of Music, she released her first CD of her own compositions, and has toured nationally and internationally, including representing the UK at the Lebanon and Syria Jazz Festival. Other recordings followed an Arts Council-funded tour of her 8-piece band, as well as live performances on Radio 3 and 4. She also sings jazz and soul in a busy function band.

Humphrey Lyttelton described her work as: "…interesting and original songs, beautifully-sung…"

For the last 4 years, she has been studying the Estill Voice Training method, which focuses on how the voice actually works, with exercises for its different muscles to avoid vocal strain and develop the sound. The method can be applied successfully to any style of singing, and Alison's private teaching includes jazz, pop, soul, gospel, blues, West End show songs, Gilbert and Sullivan, heavy metal, world music, etc. to students of all ages.


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