Alan's teachers have included : Sir John Tavener, Brian Eno, and Stephen Sondheim. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London, (where he studied composition, piano, and conducting), he then accepted a scholarship to study as a postgraduate at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and holds two Fellowships in composition.
As well as his qualifications in music, he has an honours degree in English Literature from the Open University.
His music has been performed by, amongst others, the :
Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra, London Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia of London,
Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra, Paisley Festival Orchestra, London Voices, Belcea Quartet, Edinburgh Quartet, City of
Birmingham Choir, and the Paragon Ensemble, as well as numerous amateur choirs and orchestras.
Alan has also composed music for theatre, film, and television including : Fully Booked (BBC), A
Different Kind of Christmas ( Channel Four Film), Pantoland (BBC), Edinburgh Uncovered (BBC), and for the feature film
released later this year entitled “Where Demons Hide”.He worked in London's West-End as Musical-Director on the shows : "Cats" and "Starlight Express".
Last year a musical he wrote ("Dived We Fall") opened in London and was nominated for 'Best New Musical' and opens in New York next year.
Dr. Toni James is an internationally-recognized prize-winning soloist, chamber music pianist and teacher. Her recordings have won Fanfare Magazine’s “Want List-Recordings of the Year” and MusicWeb International’s “Recording of the Month” awards. Winning acclaim from MusicWeb International, Gramophone, Fanfare Magazine and the Boston Musical Intelligencer, she has been described as a “chamber music pianist of the highest caliber” (Gwyn Parry-Jones -MusicWeb International), “poised to join the ranks of the finest” of her generation (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and noted for her “wonderfully alive playing and the personality of her interpretation” (Boston music critic, Steven Ledbetter).
In 2015, she was appointed to the faculty of the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University where she serves as Assistant Professor of Piano.