-‘Softness and strength can always reside in the same place, in the body and in the mind.’
With a lifelong passion for exploring and empowering others, Scottish born clarinettist, Alison Turriff has found herself teaching and performing across the globe from Spain to India over the past 15 years as a soloist, orchestral musician, woodwind teacher and even yoga teacher both in person and digitally through Skype.
Alison graduated with a Masters Degree in Music Performance with Distinction from Trinity College of Music, London and was the winner of the Harold Clarke Prize for Woodwind. Alison’s early career led her to give her concerto debut in London which was deemed by the critics as ‘outstanding’ and ‘one to keep in the memory’ in addition to collaborating with a number of leading conductors in numerous recording projects for recording labels such as Naxos. Alison released her first solo album, Distant Shores in 2012 which was then remastered and re-released in tribute to her mum who passed away in 2016.
In the lead up to Alison’s Concerto debut, she stumbled upon an insight concerning the great power that we all have within us to achieve relaxed excellence through harnessing the power of our entire selves and not just burning ourselves out with continual physical practice. This came at a particularly important point with small physical pains beginning to play a constant feature in her practice and performing. Through this discovery, Alison found herself stepping away from the conventional ‘classical’ performer route and following her heart as a performer of every style which touched her heart from folk to jazz and even new-age. This path led her to living in Dubai and India as a teacher and performer, in addition to undertaking teacher training in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. Alison gratefully acknowledges these places and experiences in helping her to understand her earlier mind/body discoveries allowing her to make conscious use of these skills and harness them in a way where she is able to regularly incorporate these into her own practice, in addition to making them accessible to others for the purpose of encouraging greater creative freedom and self expression.
-‘Teaching is empowering others towards self empowerment, not dependence’.