Ali Rycroft

singing treeI grew up singing, playing piano, recorders and double bass. My parents sang a lot, in choirs and out – I have trailed my father through crowded antiques markets by listening for the strains of “O Shenandoah” or “King of the Boeotians”. And they let me loose on their record collection. As a small child I endlessly played all the parts in Britten’s Noyes Fludde, Stravinsky’s Firebird and Prokoviev’s Cinderella, reorganizing the room radically as I went. This was my music kindergarten. As a teenager, I was lucky enough to meet Joyce Rathbone, who taught me piano more or less from the beginning again, introduced me to the Alexander technique and turned my musical world inside out. Those lessons many years ago continue to inspire me today.


I discovered Colourstrings when I took my two older daughters to classes at North London Colourstrings and found in it a musical enchantment I would have loved as a young child. When my youngest daughter was born we went to live in Sarajevo, Bosnia and as there was no class for us there I started a music group for parents and children which ran from 2005 until our return to the UK in 2008.

Back in the UK, I trained to teach Colourstrings with the Szilvay Foundation and taught Colourstrings classes in Tunbridge Wells, at Benenden CE Primary School and at the Colourstrings Music School in Roehampton until the summer of 2015 when I moved to New York with my family. I am now based in New York but regularly visit the UK.

I have special interests in music and wellbeing and cross-cultural communication.

Ali Rycroft