Ron McAllister

Musical Director 2015/16

Ron was born in Glasgow, studied music at Glasgow University and then went on to complete a post grad in Theatre Studies at University College, Cardiff. He composed music for many shows in Glasgow which were performed at Glasgow Arts Centre (Agamemnon, Woyzeck, The Hard Man) before moving South to take up the position of Head of Music for South Hill Park Arts Centre. At South Hill Park, Ron wrote music for many shows and musically directed many others (Chicago, Girls of Slender Means, Trafford Tanzi). He also received commissions from the Scottish Arts Council to write music for Scottish Youth Theatre's productions from 1984-1988 (including Jonathan Harvey's The Colonist, John McGrath's The Games A Bogey and Denise Coffey's Lizzie's Strategy). He wrote and conducted a large site-specific piece - Putting The Sun In Its Place, performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Scottish Youth Theatre at the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988. 

In 1990 Ron launched an arts centre in the Borders (The Maltings in Berwick Upon Tweed), working as Artistic Director there for two and a half years, and his musical adaptation of James and The Giant Peach toured nationally from there in 1991. Later in 1991 Ron moved to Huddersfield to become founder director of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, which he launched in 1994. In 1995 he produced his first opera there, as a co- production with Opera North - The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Ron has continued to compose for theatre since then, most recently from his base at South Hill Park Arts Centre, where he was appointed Chief Executive in 2001.

Ron also practices as an assessor for Arts Council England.