Terence Allbright was born in Northampton, where he taught himself to play the piano and to compose; at 14 he became a village organist and choirmaster, and then went to study organ, composition and piano at the Royal College of Music and simultaneously at the Royal School of Church Music. At this time his Two Chinese Songs were published by the now defunct Waterloo Music in Canada. After that, he went to Cambridge where he was Organ Scholar and Choirmaster at Jesus College, staying for a 4th year to take BMus in composition and piano. Around that time he made recordings with Abbey Records as organist with the choirs of Grimsby Parish Church and St Matthew's Northampton.
Terence then taught piano in London Schools, and became joint Head of Piano at the Centre for Young Musicians and Piano Adviser for the now non-existent Inner London Education Authority. At this time he began working for the BBC, composing about fifty scores for Radio Drama.
A family of string players in Northampton had introduced Terence to the repertoire for violin and piano, viola and piano, cello and piano, piano trios, quartets and quintets; in Cambridge he had a regular partnership with flautist Brenda Dykes, and he often joined with a wind quintet in various combinations. In London he began to work with fellow student Violet Chang, and they have given song recitals and classes all over South East Asia.
Now he often accompanies sopranos Dame Felicity Lott and Jane Manning OBE, mezzo-soprano Ann Murray DBE, and members of The Singers' Ensemble: Jacquelyn Fugelle, Susan Legg, Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks and Giles White. Recent chamber music performances have been with the Edinburgh String Quartet and with the Heath Quartet, with violinists Timothy Callaghan and Ken Aiso, cellist Mikhail Lezdkan, and with the Reinecke Ensemble (Stephen Pierce clarinet and Christopher Wellington viola). Terence has performed many programmes of words and music, especially with Gabriel Woolf and with the late Jill Balcon who was a regular partner. With Prunella Scales and Timothy West, Terence and baritone Stephen Roberts have performed in London and Gibraltar, and in 2010 Prelude Records released a double CD of Tennyson's Maud read by Gabriel Woolf and with song settings performed by Terence with Stephen Roberts.
As well as a short and memorable stint in a soap factory, other work over the years has included 8 years as Artistic Director of the Petworth Festival and 5 years as Director of Music at Seaford College, as well as conducting the Sutton & Bignor Singers and the Fernhurst Choral Society.
After a long period with composer's block, Terence discarded his compositions to date and started again. His recent work includes songs, piano pieces, chamber music and choral works, with commissions from Petworth Town Band and Wells Cathedral. He is currently working on a Wind Quintet and Isms - a set of eight piano pieces.