Alice Quayle spent her school years learning to play the trombone on the Isle of Man. Here she enjoyed performing with a variety of ensembles, including big band, symphony orchestra and laterally the theatre pit orchestra. Upon leaving school she retrained as a bassoonist with Chris Gale in the Royal Marines Band Service where as well as learning to play the bassoon, she also learnt to play the bass drum and cymbals on parade, and how to survive living in a muddy hole for long periods. After leaving the band service her search for employment led her to a mushroom farm, where she worked before taking up a place at the Royal Academy of Music. Here she studied the bassoon and contrabassoon under Robin O’Neill, John Orford, Dan Jemison, David Chatterton and Fraser Gordon, graduating from her Masters with Distinction and a DipRAM in 2016. Since graduating, Alice’s bassoon has taken her to France and Poland as part of her freelance career, and she has worked with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.