“Corona Fantasia” for organ, also composed during the pandemic, has been well received and is available for download from publisher Merula Music, who invited Ian to be its Guest Composer of the Month in January 2023.
Currently, as well as directing Keswick Choral Society, Ian is the Director of Music at St Oswald’s Church, Grasmere, in the Lake District. He was previously at Crosthwaite Church, Keswick for 20 years. From 1981 to 1989 he was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Cartmel Priory and then Sub-Organist at Carlisle Cathedral until 1995. After founding the Lancaster Singers in 1975 he remained their Musical Director until 1989, conducting many choral works with orchestra and professional soloists. Ian was also Chorus Master of the Cumbria Rural Choirs for 25 years until 2016.
Having begun his musical training at Hymers College, Hull and at St Mary’s Church, Beverley, he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of sixteen and studied in Paris with André Marchal. In 1968 he became the Organ Scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, under the direction of Sir David Willcocks. Following studies at the Royal College of Music and with Nadia Boulanger in France he was appointed Lecturer in Music at Lancaster University in 1974, subsequently becoming its first University Organist, and in 2006 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship. In 2018 Ian retired as an Associated Board Examiner, in which role he carried out tours in the UK and the Far East; he remains in demand as a teacher.