Alison comes from Hartlepool and achieved her Dip ABRSM and LRSM before completing her Postgraduate Diploma in performance at the Royal Academy of Music in 2007. Whilst at the RAM she made her Wigmore Hall debut that was filmed for Channel 4. She was invited to take part in a performance of Satie's 19 hour work Vexations in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, and also appeared at the Spitz Jazz Club, London, with the Ossian ensemble.
She formerly studied at the University of Huddersfield for her Bachelor in Music (Honours) and received the Rodwell Prize for pianist of the department. She performed regularly in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and in her final year was chosen to perform Gershwin's piano concerto in F with the Symphony Orchestra. Alison now works as a freelance musician. She is a piano tutor at Yarm School and is an accompanist for Opera Nova, Stokesley Choral Society and the North East Youth Chorale. She regularly performs for Music in Hospitals.