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Alison Porter

Alison Porter

Year 7D Form Tutor and Head of Music

I have always loved music. I started guitar lessons at the age of seven and on the advice of my guitar teacher took up a second instrument and began playing the cornet in a brass band at the age of ten. I really enjoyed the excitement of playing in concerts and competitions. I went on to study trumpet at the Royal College of Music in London with Professor David Mason, most famous for being the Beatles’ trumpet player on records such as “Penny Lane” and “All you need is Love”. During my time at the Royal College, I won the Brass prize and was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra playing with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado.

After leaving College I played regularly with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony and Halle Orchestras, with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Mark Elder, Sir Edward Downes, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Yehudi Menuin amongst many others. I have played at several BBC PROM concerts and have appeared on television and radio. 

My husband and I, having three very young children, decided that we wanted to travel and see more of the world. In February 1999 we left England and moved to Lima, Peru, not knowing what to expect. We had a fabulous three years there and would certainly recommend travel to Peru. We followed this by spells in Papua New Guinea, Norway, the USA, Poland and in August 2016 we moved here to dusty Doha. Last year I helped to organise the first Nord Anglia Music Extravaganza, Dubai. Forty seven children from our Gharaffa, Rayyan and Madinat Khalifa campuses joined students from our sister schools in Al Khor, Abu Dhabi and Dubai in this first NAME event. Students from years 4 to 13 joined forces with the students from other schools to form a primary choir, secondary choir and "Funkadelic Orchestra". This year our primary, choir and Funkadelic Orchestra took part in the first ever Qatar National Music competition and each came third in their respective catagories. I am very busy helping to put together the secondary production of Beauty and the Beast.

In my spare time, much to the dismay of Mr Porter, I like to go shopping. I love to go to the cinema, especially the 7 star cinema here in Doha and when I have the time, I like to watch ridiculously large amounts of television.