Alice McArthur grew up in Nottingham where she took up the oboe at the age of 10. She studied for her Batchelor of Music degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff under Catriona MacKinnon (Welsh National Opera), John Anderson (English Chamber Orchestra) and Sarah – Jayne Porsmoguer (BBC National Orchestra of Wales). Whilst there, 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 studied for her Master’s degree with Stephen West (formally Royal Scottish National Orchestra) and James Horan (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra).
During her time at the RCS, Alice played principal oboe in the Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions, including a performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto with Nicola Benedetti and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. She also gave a performance of Poulenc’s Sextet with Michael Collins, one of the UK’s most prolific clarinettists, which was recorded for BBC Radio 3. She was selected to take part in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Mentoring Scheme which allowed her to gain valuable orchestral experience. Whilst on the Scheme, she took part in the BBC’s ‘Ten Pieces’ concerts, performing in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee for children across Scotland.
Since graduating, Alice plays frequently in freelance orchestras around Scotland and teaches privately in the Glasgow area.