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Workshops

A highly experienced conductor and choral animateur, Ian regularly leads workshops and singing days for choirs and music organisations across the NW. Recent projects have included singing days for choral societies (works by Chilcott, Dove, Faure and Vivaldi) and community choirs (works ranging from Mozart to Musical Theatre).

His singing days focus on vocal technique, exploring (and making links between) music written in different styles and, above all, enjoying singing.

Each workshop/singing day is designed in conjunction with the group taking part. Contact Ian about a workshop for your choir.

My choir is interested in a workshop or singing day…..

Thanks to you for a brilliant day. Your infectious enthusiasm affected us all and we really enjoyed it… Another of our choir members… who sings with Lytham Choral Society, said that she has attended many, many workshops in her life and [yours] was the best she has ever attended.  (Secretary, Heyhouses Community Choir)

Youth Choirs and Cambiata

Ian has been Musical Director of Cambiata North West (abcd’s regional choir for boys whose voices are changing) since 2014. He is regularly invited to lead workshops for youth choirs (KS2 – KS5) and changing voice choirs across the country.

A sought-after exponent of cambiata approaches, Ian is regularly invited to speak at conferences and lead CPD workshops for teachers/conductors interested in developing changing voice groups.

To discuss the possibility of a workshop, or just to have a chat about voice change and vocal identity, please contact Ian.

Find out more about changing voice or CPD workshops…

Cambiata workshop

I thoroughly enjoyed the day, and I must admit it did give me a real confidence boost in my singing ability, especially in singing in front of, and with other people!  (Participant, Cambiata Voices Singing Day for Royal Liverpool Philharmonic)

Commissions

Ian writes music for choirs of all ages, both amateur and professional, and takes pride in designing and developing each piece to meet the specific needs of the singers for whom it’s written.

Recent and current projects include:

  • SATB motets and canticles for performance in UK cathedrals

  • Folksong arrangements for boys’ changing voices (to be published by OUP in 2022)

  • A new competition piece for Rossendale MVC (text: Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll)

  • Original songs for Let’s Go Sing! (a new KS2 choral outreach programme)

Ian is always delighted to hear from groups or individuals who might be interested in commissioning a new piece. Please contact him to arrange a preliminary chat.

I’d like to know more about commissioning a new work…

Ian has composed songs for our KS2 singing project and they are just fabulous.  Exactly in the right vocal range, appropriate words and utterly loved by students, staff and audience alike.  I would highly recommend his work to anyone! – (Blackburn Cathedral Sing Together)