WELCOME AND THANKS FOR VISITING
I am a multi-genre composer with a particular love for classical choral music
The St. John Passion
"A superb achievement"
Robert Sharpe, Director of Music, York Minster
CD from Root to Sky
"Lovely music...beautiful melodies...wonderful tone...very atmospheric"
Chris Leslie, Fairport Convention & Feast of Fiddles
A Worcestershire Song Cycle
"Ian King has produced a masterpiece"
John Phillpott, Worcester Journal
CD Branching Out
"Beautifully played and expertly arranged...
a distinctly stylish folk-meets-classical album"
The Christmas Truce - a setting of Carol Ann Duffy's poem - Gloucester Cathedral Choir 2018
The Infant King - a carol - Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir 2018
Responses - Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir 2017
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis - Gloucester Cathedral Girl Choristers 2017
A Worcester Fantasy for organ - Three Choirs Festival 2017, live on Radio 3
Psalm 150 for choir and mixed instruments - King's School, Worcester 2017
From Heaven Above to Earth I come, a carol - Worcester Cathedral Choir 2016
To the Eternal Father - Worcester Cathedral Girl Choristers, with organ and handbells, 2016
The Gloucester Service - Three Choirs Festival 2016, live on Radio 3 - Recordings above
The St. John Passion - Gloucester Cathedral Choir 2014
A Worcestershire Song Cycle - Three Choirs Festival 2011
Performance of The Gloucester Service, Gloucester Cathedral
FOLK / POP
I have written and arranged many tunes for my group Kings & Folk which includes my wife Claire on violin, myself on piano, flute/whistle, vocals and djembe drum
Our CDs have been played on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, French radio, and various local BBC stations
I wrote the music for 3 tracks on the Album Song Be My Soul by Deborah Rose:
Springtime Lady of Shallott Little Boat
Springtime is a previously unset poem by the singer Eva Cassidy.
Eva's parents heard us perform the song in 2013 and approved it for public release.
Recording of Little Boat above.
I have performed as a pianist in my own works at the Three Choirs Festival, with the English String Orchestra, at Birmingham Town Hall, Kings Place in London and Worcester Cathedral.
I teach piano privately at home and at Worcester Sixth Form College, covering a huge range of music: classical (Medieval to Modern), pop/rock, jazz/blues and folk.
My jazzy piano piece Happy Day
is in the ABRSM Grade 1 Piano Syllabus
ON TOUR IN MALTA:
A new piece for Brecon Cathedral Choir was sung on their tour of Malta in May 2019
By complete coincidence Ian and family were there on holiday at the same time!
A remix of my track Country Rounds
originally written for Kings & Folk
- now a backing track in the multi award-winning Virtual Reality Game
THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE:
A setting of Carol Ann Duffy's poem
for Gloucester Cathedral Choir -
to commemorate the centenary
of the 1st World War