Our music

Alison West has composed a cappella choral music since 2006 and has 30 years’ experience performing as a musician. Her music is atmospheric, evocative, and sometimes humorous. Each piece is crafted as a sensitive musical response to the texts that inspire her; she strives to achieve a vibrant musical expression of their meaning through the colours, textures and moods that she weaves together in a complex interplay of vocal rhythms and harmonies.

She has recently collaborated with a number of local writers, including award-winning poet Donald Atkinson with whom she worked previously on ‘Rehearsing the Languages of Birds’ and ‘Afresh, Seven Times’. Some collaborative works, for example a setting of three poems about the Brontë sisters by Amanda Dalton, reflect the richness of history that can be found in our beautiful local surroundings. Others look further afield to the magic of the remote Scottish islands as captured in ‘Enchanted’, a poem by Angie Cairns.

Alison’s ‘Sea Songs’ is a setting of three poems by Emily Dickinson whose body of work continues to be creatively influential. In 2012 Alison was commissioned by the Hebden Bridge Community Association to write a choral work to mark the opening of the Waterfront Hall in Hebden Bridge in June of that year. Further details about the commissioned piece ‘And So We Built’ can be found on the Hebden Bridge community website. Her upper voice arrangement of ‘Did you not hear my lady’ is available for purchase via Canasg, publishers of ‘refreshingly original choral music’.