Bauld, Alison (Margaret)
- Warren A. Bebbington
(b Sydney, May 7, 1944). Australian composer. After studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney (1961–2) and working as a stage and television actress, she took a music degree at the University of Sydney in 1967. She moved to England in 1969, studying with Lutyens and Hans Keller and taking a PhD at the University of York in 1974. She won first prize at the Paris Rostrum in 1974 and was music director at the Laban Centre, London (1975–8), then composer-in-residence at the NSW State Conservatorium, Sydney, from 1978; since then she has taught at Hollins College, London. Many of her works have been heard in Europe, including at the Aldeburgh, York and Edinburgh Festivals.
Bauld’s output focusses on works with a vocal or dramatic element, such as her ballad opera Nell (1988) which, like its antecedents, seeks to find a voice for the harshness of life in early colonial Australia. ‘I consciously seek literary, aural and visual stimuli,’ she has written. ‘When the text is complete I know where I am going.’ More recently, she has produced a series of keyboard tutors ...