Alison was born in Cardiff and began piano lessons when aged 5 years old. She began working as a freelance accompanist when aged 16, and spent many years working as a ballet repetituer.
She graduated from Cardiff University School of Music in 1992, where she studied piano with Richard McMahon, and continued studying with him at the university, graduating with the MA in Performance Studies in 1993. Alison began teaching piano as a part time tutor at Cardiff University in October 1993.
Alison works as a freelance piano teacher and accompanist and has a large and thriving piano teaching practice at her home in Cathays, Cardiff. For several years, she worked as a specialist keyboard examiner and specialist strings examiner for Guildhall School of Music, then later as a specialist and generalist examiner for Trinity Guildhall.
She gives many concerts each year, both solo and as an accompanist. She is conductor of St Edward's Orchestra, which rehearses and performs in Roath, Cardiff and is also a professional lutenist. Alison also regularly plays viols with her consort, "The Cathays Consort" . She is a keen horsewoman and is proud owner of her Welsh Cob, "Trumpeter".