Having sung under many distinguished conductors aswell as giving vocal coaching to high level choirs, Alison became interested in conducting. In 2016 Alison became Assistant Conductor to Christopher Bell at the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s National Boys Choir and this year has been appointed Assistant conductor to the National Youth Choir of Scotland. She has worked with choirs of all ages and abilities and has taken masterclasses with esteemed conductors Neil Ferris and Garry Walker.
Described by the Herald as having “a succinct conducting style, commanding undivided attention”, Alison is Director of the National Junior Choir of Northern Ireland, Associate Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus, Conductor of the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s Boys Choir Junior Corps, Canto Chamber Choir and Conductor of Cowal Choral on the Cowal Peninsula. Alison has prepared choirs for performances with the RSNO and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Alison is Director of Celtic Kickstart Choirs, working closely with award winning Scottish Composer Claire McCue and folk rock band Reely Jiggered to commission a new song cycle funded by YMI. Alison has also conducted the choirs of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Junior Conservatoire, Glasgow City Voices, Edinburgh Singers and Inverclyde Junior Choir. Alison is in high demand in delivering vocal and choral workshops because of her knowledge of working with choirs and developing vocal technique and performance skills.
“With some new commissions by contemporary Scottish composers, the Junior Corps section, made up of younger boys newer to singing, brought boundless enthusiasm to their performance. Conducted solely by Junior Corps Assistant and NYCoS alumna Alison McNeill, this was again an example of the holistic approach to supporting the future of Scottish choral music. She had a succinct conducting style, commanding the boys’ undivided attention.”
Perth Concert Hall, The Herald.