Alan was first a chorister at St. Mary-of-the-Angels choir school and made several recordings with the choir. Later, in 1957, as a chorister of the Temple Church he recorded George Dixon's "Beekeeper's Introit" (with Dr. George Thalben-Ball) for Dixon's BBC Children's Hour adaptation of "A Swarm in May" by William Mayne
Film work included "Lease of Life" with Robert Donat (one of the choir boys), "The Prisoner of Zenda" (choir sound only), and "The Black Night" with Alan Ladd (one of the medieval choir boys)
At Temple, he successfully auditioned to sing "Oh, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem" (Parry) in the Coronation scene in the "Prince and The Show Girl" recorded in St John's, Holland Park Road with Lawrence Olivier directing his former choir, St.Mary's.
Recently found by Stephen Beet is a private disc of Alan singing "On Wings of Song" and "Where e'er you Walk" accompanied by his father at the piano.
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