Alison Richards is the founder MD of the Bostock singers. She studied Music and English at Sheffield University (also obtaining her ALCM Performance Diploma) and then went on to gain an MA in Popular Music Studies at Liverpool University in 1993.
Coming from a family of teachers, Alison had been determined to never step foot in a classroom but then, aged 22, decided a PGCE would be a useful qualification to perhaps hold, and so she went back down south to Cambridge for yet further study. One year later and she knew that she had found her vocation teaching music, and headed back up to the North West for her first paid teaching post in Warrington.
Alison has now been Head of Music at Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College in Northwich for the past fourteen years, where she has loved encouraging the musical and academic talents of the many students who have passed through, in addition to directing the choir, chamber choir, concert band and various chamber ensembles over the years. Highlights have included musically directing Les Miserables (winner of the local Rosebowl Award for Best Production), Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret and Chicago. Alison also enjoyed conducting the ‘Singing For Pleasure’ evening class at SJDs, gaining valuable experience of working with adults, and she was delighted when she was invited to conduct the newly formed Bostock Singers in September 2009. She stepped down as MD in July 2015.