Ann Allen is a specialist player of early wood wind instruments and also works as an opera director and has created a new style of atmospherically presented concerts.
She studied at Manchester University, Royal Academy of Music and the Schola Cantorum playing Baroque Oboe and Shawms and now freelances with leading ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe including Academy for Ancient Music, Ad Fontes and L'arpa Festante. She recently appeared at the Coliseum in DR DEE the rock opera by Damon Albarn and is currently playing shawm at the GLOBE THEATRE.
She set up the medieval group MEDIVA while at the RAM which has gone on to reach the finals of several prestigious competition as well as recording three CDs. She also directs the baroque ensemble IL BACIO.
After her musical training her love of the stage inspired her to direct several operas in the UK and Switzerland and set up her own festival mixing early music with modern music and presenting it in new and unusual ways. This festival NOX ILLUMINATA has been running for seven years in Basel, Switzerland, as well as four years in St Pölten, Austria and three years as the concert series ILLUMINATIONEN at the Burghof Lörrach, Germany.