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Pearce, Alison (soprano)
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Alison Pearce (soprano)

Alison Pearce is a young soprano whose reputation is now firmly established in the United Kingdom as a concert and oratorio singer and recitalist. She has an extensive repertoire and has received world wide recognition for her recordings of Celtic music. Born in Bath, she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she gained an Associate Diploma with distinction in performance. She then studied with Pierre Bernac in Paris and more recently with Gerhard Husch in Munich. In 1977 she won the Arts Council of Creat Britain Miriam Licette Scholarship and a distinguished second place in the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Competition. Her many awards and distinctions include first prize in the Grimsby International Competitions for Singers 1980, and the top soprano award among 53 entries at the 1983 s-Hertogenbosch International Singing Competition in the Netherlands. In addition to her many appearances overseas, Alison Pearce has in recent years become a regular and favourite artist at the Three Choir Festival where she has sung in such works as the Elgar oratorios and the Verdi Requiem. She sang in the first performance of the reconstructed Mussorgsky Mass with Worcester Cathedral Choir and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonie under Donald Hunt, and in Mahler's Eighth Symphony with the RLPO under Libor Pesek.

Albums
'Haydn: The Rising of the Lark' (CDA66104)
Haydn: The Rising of the Lark
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'My Lagan Love – other songs of Ireland' (CDH88023)
My Lagan Love – other songs of Ireland
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'Songs of the Hebrides' (CDH88024)
Songs of the Hebrides
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A day in the cornfield, I a-reapin'  First line to Islay Reaper's Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
A Hebridean Sea-Reiver's Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
A ho hi … hirrum bo! Early sails she to the reiving  First line to The Reiving Ship (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
A maid goin' to Comber her markets to larn  First line to The next market day (Anon/Hughes)
A Spinning Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
A young maid stood in her father's garden (Anon/Hughes)
Ailein Duinn 'A Harris Love Lament' (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
All through the night 'The Widow's Lament' (Haydn)
A-moaning thou, my own dear one  First line to O heartling of my heart (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
An Eriskay Lullaby (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
An island spinning song (Anon)
As down by the shore I wander early at morn  First line to Isle of my Heart (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Away, my herd, under the green oak (Haydn)
Aye, my lad, I've borne my creel  First line to The Crone's Creel (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Caristiona (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Come every shepherd with his love  First line to Away, my herd, under the green oak (Haydn)
Come, sweetest composer of grief and pain  First line to David of the White Rock 'The Dying Poet to his Harp' (Haydn/Owen)
Dauntless sons of Celtic sires  First line to The March of the Men of Harlech (Haydn)
David of the White Rock 'The Dying Poet to his Harp' (Haydn/Owen)
Dobbin's Flowery Vale (Anon)
Draherin-o-Machree 'Little Brother of my Heart' (Anon)
Far I hear the galloping galley  First line to The Ship at Sea (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Fare thee well, my sun and moon light  First line to The Death Farewell (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Hug ò in ò! When winds do blow, sea reivers know the maddening music  First line to A Hebridean Sea-Reiver's Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
I gaze upon those mountains, that mingle with the sky  First line to The break of day (Haydn)
I grieve when I think on the dear happy days of youth  First line to Draherin-o-Machree 'Little Brother of my Heart' (Anon)
I have a bonnet trimmed with blue (Anon/Hughes)
I once loved a boy and a bold Irish boy  First line to I will walk with my love (Anon/Hughes)
I will walk with my love (Anon/Hughes)
In a shady nook one moonlit night  First line to The leprehaun (Anon/Joyce/Hughes)
In days of ancient story  First line to The minstrelsy of Chirk Castle (Haydn)
In know where I'm goin' (Anon)
In pride, high, leapest thou  First line to The Leaping Galley (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
In the vale of Llangollen a cottage is seen  First line to The crystal ground (Haydn)
Islay Reaper's Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Isle of my Heart (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Jenny's Mantle (Haydn)
Johnny O'Reilly (Anon)
Kirsteen (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Lad and lass thegither  First line to Loch Broom Love Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Late at night alone in the sheiling  First line to The Uncanny Mannikin of the Cattlefold (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Little Boats (Anon)
Loch Broom Love Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Love gave I to thee, my lover  First line to A Spinning Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
My babe on a curling green wave  First line to An Eriskay Lullaby (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
My Connor his cheeks are as ruddy as morning  First line to The Dear Irish Boy (Anon)
My Lagan Love (Anon)
My young love said to me, “My mother won’t mind  First line to She moved thro' the fair (Anon)
Near to Banbridge town, in the County Down  First line to The Star of the County Down (Anon/Hughes)
O Brighde! 'Tis seaward, the dreamland, the youth land  First line to The Coolin of Rhum (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
O heartling of my heart (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
O welcome bat and owlet grey  First line to Jenny's Mantle (Haydn)
October winds lament around the Castle of Dromore  First line to The Castle of Dromore (Anon)
Of late I'm captivated by a handsome young man  First line to The Drinaun Donn 'The Brown Thorn' (Anon)
Oh! where are the swifts and the swallows gone? (Anon)
'Oh, I'll not sit on the grass,' she said  First line to The verdant braes of Skreen (Anon)
One came before her and said, beseeching  First line to An island spinning song (Anon)
One morning fair as Phoebus bright his radiant charms display'd  First line to Dobbin's Flowery Vale (Anon)
Out at sea, fair is she  First line to The Birlinn of the White Shoulders (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser/Bantock)
Sailing with thee thro' seas of Erin  First line to Sea Wandering (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Sea Wandering (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Sea-longing (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser/Bantock)
See, O see, the breaking day  First line to The rising of the lark (Haydn)
She moved thro' the fair (Anon)
Sir Watkyn intending  First line to The Ash Grove 'Sir Watkyn's Dream' (Haydn)
Sleep on, and dream of heaven a while  First line to The Sleeping Beauty (Haydn)
Sleep, O babe, for the red bee hums  First line to The Gartan Mother's Lullaby (Anon)
Softly, softly sing  First line to The rising sun (Haydn)
Sore sea-longing in my heart  First line to Sea-longing (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser/Bantock)
The Ash Grove 'Sir Watkyn's Dream' (Haydn)
The Birlinn of the White Shoulders (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser/Bantock)
The break of day (Haydn)
The busy hours of day are o'er  First line to The lambs' fold vale 'David of the Blue Stone' (Haydn)
The Castle of Dromore (Anon)
The Coolin of Rhum (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The Crone's Creel (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The crystal ground (Haydn)
The Dear Irish Boy (Anon)
The Death Farewell (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The Despairing Bard (Haydn)
The dimpled cheek (Haydn)
The Drinaun Donn 'The Brown Thorn' (Anon)
The Gartan Mother's Lullaby (Anon)
The lambs' fold vale 'David of the Blue Stone' (Haydn)
The Leaping Galley (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The leprehaun (Anon/Joyce/Hughes)
The March of the Men of Harlech (Haydn)
The minstrelsy of Chirk Castle (Haydn)
The next market day (Anon/Hughes)
The Reiving Ship (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The rising of the lark (Haydn)
The rising sun (Haydn)
The Ship at Sea (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The Sleeping Beauty (Haydn)
The Star of the County Down (Anon/Hughes)
The Uncanny Mannikin of the Cattlefold (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The verdant braes of Skreen (Anon)
There's never the equal of Johnny O'Reilly  First line to Johnny O'Reilly (Anon)
Ullapool Sailor's Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
What avails thy plaintive crying?  First line to All through the night 'The Widow's Lament' (Haydn)
What have I done that my Mary should fly me?  First line to The dimpled cheek (Haydn)
Where Lagan stream sings lullaby  First line to My Lagan Love (Anon)
While sad I strike the plaintive string  First line to The Despairing Bard (Haydn)
Who my heart has free from sorrow deep unbound  First line to Ullapool Sailor's Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Who will walk with thee, Kirsteen  First line to Kirsteen (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
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