Alison Lawrance was born in Leicestershire and went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Stefan Popov. During her 5 years there she won various prizes and awards, and was Principal Cellist of the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, before moving to join the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
In 1993, Alison joined Scottish Ensemble. Alison was a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for 10 years and is now co-principal cellist of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She has been guest lead cellist of the English National Opera, Scottish Opera, BBC SSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia.