Ian is a busy Conductor, Singer and Singing Teacher based in the North West and has been Choral Director of KEMS since 2005. He is happy working with complete beginners along with seasoned professionals, working to enable everyone to give the best performance possible.
As a Lead Musician with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Ian leads regular singing sessions in conjunction with Merseycare in the Mental Health Sector and has found this particularly rewarding and informing of his other work. Much in demand to run workshops on vocal technique and repertoire, Ian was the keynote speaker at the 30th annual Association of British Choral Directors conference.
Ian works regularly with several choirs in the North West area. Following his collaboration with Gareth Malone on the BBC programme Sing While You Work Ian’s work-based choirs sing a range of styles; and Ian loves encouraging people who have never sung before to stand up and perform. His other choirs are musically diverse giving Ian opportunities to conduct big choral works with orchestra as well as a-cappella chamber choir music.
Regularly working with Actors in his private teaching practice, Ian regularly works with emerging professionals at Manchester Metropolitan University through the Manchester School of Theatre where he provides ensemble singing classes, individual vocal coaching and Musical Director support to their public performances.
Having trained as a singer to postgraduate level at the RNCM Ian is in demand as a singing teacher and vocal coach and works with students of all levels on a range of repertoire at his teaching studio in Arley and as a peripatetic singing teacher at Kings School, Macclesfield.