Ian has had the pleasure of starting up 3 further work based choirs this year; encouraging people who have never sung before to stand up and perform in venues such as the RNCM, Manchester and Cadogan Hall, London. Ian continues to be in demand and has several more projects in the pipeline for this year.
Having now worked with Gareth Malone on both series of “Sing While you Work” Ian is enjoying still conducting the Manchester Airport Choir (“Sing While You Work” Series 1), despite the absence of the television cameras. They recently performed with the other choirs from the first series in Bridgewater Hall, Manchester with surprise guest Gareth Malone. Gareth commented how improved the airport choir are under Ian’s directorship and has asked Ian to bring the choir to perform on the Manchester leg of his national tour with his new choir Voices.
In November 2013, Ian enjoyed the privilege of conducting the Northern Premiere of Jonathon Dove’s “There was a Child” with KEMS choir and orchestra. This was the first full amateur performance of the moving piece and everyone involved was proud to perform it in the presence of the composer, himself.
Singers from all over Europe attend Ian’s intensive choral workshops in Dunster, Somerset which are now so popular that he has to run three a year. Each weekend has a different focus and style meaning many singers have become regular attenders; the mix of cream teas and singing proving an unusual but popular combination!
lan currently conducts a number of musically diverse choirs in the Manchester area, including KEMS Choir and the Bolton Chamber Choir as well as being resident MD and singing coach at the Capitol Theatre, working with students on the nationally renowned acting course at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has been a judge of the Amateur Choral Competition since its inception to which choirs travel the length and breadth of the country to take part.
In demand as a teacher, lan has expanded his private practice in Arley, Cheshire to Liverpool where he works with advanced students on a range of repertoire. Always keen to be at the cutting edge Ian has completed the “Advanced Singing and the Actor” teaching course with Gillyanne Kayes, an internationally respected vocal coach.
Having trained as a singer to postgraduate level at the RNCM, Ian’s operatic roles have included Edrisi and Chorus (King Roger), Spoletta (Tosca), Silvio (Pagliacci) and Monostatos (The Magic Flute). In concert, he has sung numerous roles, including Elijah as well as having had the honour of singing the tenor role of Howard Blake’s ‘The Bear’ with the Northern Sinfonia in the presence of the composer himself.
In any free time lan enjoys swimming, preferably in the South of France coupled with vineyard visits but failing that the local pool will do!