Alison Kinder read music at Oxford and was then granted a scholarship by Trinity College of Music where she studied viol with Alison Crum, being awarded the college's Silver Medal for Early Music Studies.
She is a founder member of the ensemble Passamezzo with whom she performs regularly on viols and recorders, usually in period costume ranging from Medieval to early Eighteenth Century, and is a member of Chelys consort of viols and Baroque ensemble Saltarello.
A busy freelance concert schedule includes working with some of the leading performers and ensembles in the Early Music world, including the Rose Consort, The Parley of Instruments and I Fagiolini.
A keen teacher of both children and adults, Alison is a tutor on a number of Early Music courses, including Rondo Viol Academy, the Easter Early Music Course, Norvis and the Viola da Gamba Society's Summer Weekend Course. Alison teaches viol and violin both privately and in schools, and directs the Warwickshire Youth Waits, a Renaissance band for young players which includes everything from recorders and viols to crumhorns, shawms, rebecs and more!
Alison has had a number of educational books published with colleague and fellow viol player Jacqui Robertson-Wade. They include group teaching material for viols and recorders, and a children's music theory series called The Notehouse People. She recently completed a modern edition of the divisions from Christopher Simpson's Division Viol treatise.