In 2016, Alison became Assistant Conductor to Christopher Bell at the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s National Boys Choir. She relished the opportunity to be mentored and learn from one of the best chorus masters in the world. She has also taken masterclasses with esteemed conductors Neil Ferris and Garry Walker.
Alison is Associate Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus, Conductor of the NYCoS Boys Choir Junior Corps, Musical Director of the National Youth Choir of Scotland Renfrewshire Area Choirs, Conductor of Inverkip Childrens’ Choir preparing them for a performance with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow City Halls under the baton of Stephen Bell in 2017. 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, Carlisle Community Choir, Glasgow City Voices Choir and Inverclyde Junior Choir.
“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 2016.