Alice McArthur grew up in Nottingham where she took up the oboe at the age of 10. She studied for her Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Catriona MacKinnon (Welsh National Opera), John Anderson (English Chamber Orchestra) and Sarah-Jayne Porsmogeur (BBC National Orchestra of Wales). During her third year, Alice was the winner of the Howarth Double Reed Prize, adjudicated by world-renowned oboist, Gordon Hunt. She was also fortunate enough to take part in the Welsh National Opera's Placement Scheme.
In 2014, Alice was offered a scholarship to continue her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she is in the first year of her Master's degree. She studies oboe and cor anglais with Stephen West (formally Royal Scottish National Orchestra) and James Horan (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra).
Orchestrally, Alice has played principal oboe in the RWCMD Symphony and Chamber orchestras as well as with the professional Welsh chamber orchestra. Sinfonia Cymru. During her time at the RCS, she has played principal oboe in the Symphony Orchestra, including a performance of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti.
As a chamber musician, Alice was a member of the Willow Trio who regularly gave recitals in the Cardiff areas as well as playing for a St. David's Day event in Brussels for the Welsh Assembly Government. She has also given a performance of Poulenc's Sextet on BBC Radio 3 with one of the UK's most prolific clarinettists, Michael Collins.