Head and shoulders portrait of Allyson Devenish

Allyson Devenish

Artistic Director

Allyson is a native of Ottawa, Canada. She completed her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College (Ohio, USA), receiving a B.Mus. and B.A., and her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music.

Allyson is in demand as a musical director, recitalist and teacher. Her performance schedule has taken her to France, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, US, Caribbean and throughout the United Kingdom. She has also recorded for the BBC, CBC, Radio France and RTE1 (Eire).

As a Music Director, Allyson has directed the premiere of Looking At The Sun (Battersea Arts Centre), Kismet (Arcola) and assisted on Porgy and Bess (Lisbon) as well as written music for several productions for Tangle International Theatre.

As Artistic Associate and Music Director with Nitro, she worked on projects such as Mass Carib (Lord Mayor’s Festival, Greenwich Festival, Hackney Empire), An Evening of Soul Food/African Cargo (Greenwich Theatre) and the successful UK tour of Desert Boy. As the creative and directive force behind NitroVoX, she has directed the a cappella group in performances at the Bath Literature Festival (To Kill A Mockingbird), London Literature Festival (A Celebration of Maya Angelou) as well as recording for BBC Radio 4 (The Fisk Jubilee Singers).

More recently, Allyson collaborated with Renée Salewski and Trevor A Toussaint on Struggle and Protest – Voices of Change, a new, verbatim piece, looking at regeneration and gentrification in South London.

Last updated: 28th April 2023