Scott has been a Professor in the Jazz Department at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 1983. He was made a Fellow of the Guildhall School in 1988. He has won the BBC Big Band Contest six times and made four albums as director of the Guildhall Jazz Band, and teaches jazz composition, arranging and performance. He has led hundreds of courses and workshops in improvisation, performance, singing, world music, and conducting throughout the UK and Europe for education authorities, schools, colleges, universities, Arts Councils, choirs, and orchestras, was music director for the Globe Music Exchange and director of the African and Gospel Music Workshop at the Dartington International Summer School, and is artistic adviser to the Escuela de Musica Municipal in La Coruña, Spain. For the LPO he has directed numerous workshops, family and schools’ concerts and the Orchestra in a Weekend programme mixing LPO and amateur performers. His work has been featured on radio and television.
He often combines his roles as conductor, performer, presenter and educator to create unique programmes, crossing boundaries between styles and cultures and between performance, composition, improvisation, education, and entertainment. He has directed and presented many combined performance and education series and programs on the music of Bach, Haydn, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Bartok, John Adams, Lutoslawski, Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, gospel music, African music, Brazilian music and that of many other traditions and composers.
Alan has directed choral and orchestral groups since he was in his teens. After training at the Royal College of Music he has followed a joint career in music and as a headteacher. He now directs several choirs, performs as a pianist, bassoonist, singer and conductor, and writes songs and musicals. He works with professional groups, community choirs and with children’s groups, as well as teaching privately at home in Mid Devon.