Introduction

This page is due for an update in summer 2019. The information below is for works up to 2016 only.

The Gloucester Service (2016)

A setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis - commissioned by Adrian Partington for the Three Choirs Festival 2016
Broadcast live on Radio 3 - full recordings on the Home page

The St. John Passion (2014)

Commissioned for Gloucester Cathedral Choir - a contemporary 30 minute setting of The St. John Passion  for choir and organ.
First performed on Good Friday 2014, and performed every year on Good Friday since then.

"A wonderful piece....marvellous"
Adrian Partington, Director of Music, Gloucester Cathedral

 

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Branching Out CD (2014)

CD by my band  Kings & Folk.
14 tracks of original  music for piano, violin, flute, whistle, djembe drum and voice, along with my arrangements of traditional Scottish, English and Irish tunes.

“Beautifully played and expertly arranged… a distinctly stylish folk-meets-classical album”
David Kidman, FATEA magazine

You can buy CDs via the CD page of this website

Branching Out

A Worcestershire Song Cycle (2011)

Commissioned for the Three Choirs Festival, the first ever commission for a work combining classical and folk genres. 

A work in 9 movements for Soprano, Tenor, 3 Violins and 2 Pianos.
Music by Ian King  -  Words by Chris Jaeger MBE
 
“This was a joint musical effort of such exquisite poise and beauty it will arguably, in years to come, go down in the annals as a major work in the English tradition"

“…here we have a major contribution to the English folk music canon – the like of which has been missing for far too many years”


John Phillpott, Worcester News & Worcester Journal

A Worcestershire Song Cycle

from Root to Sky (2007)
 
14 tracks for Piano, Violin and Voice
Classical in style with a strong folk influence.

Original music with innovative arrangements of traditional Scottish and English tunes, including Scarborough Fair, English Country Garden / Shepherd's Hey and Black is the Colour.
Featuring vocalist Colette Todd, former soloist in world tours of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.

"Fab CD. It's full of life and beauty and inventiveness"
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Composer, Pianist,
Director of Irish World Academy of Dance and Music

“Lovely CD. Amazing. Super. I love it”
Genevieve Tudor, BBC Radio Shropshire

from Root to Sky

Songwriting (2013)

I wrote and played piano for 3 songs on the album
Song Be My Soul  by Deborah Rose.

Springtime  ~  Lady of Shalott  ~  Little Boat

Springtime is a poem by the singer Eva Cassidy, which she herself never set to music. I performed the song with Deborah in front of Eva's parents at Walcott Hall, Shropshire and they approved the setting for public release.

Lady of Shalott is my musical interpretation of the famous poem by Alfred , Lord Tennyson. I edited the poem to make a shorter version before setting it to music.

Little Boat is a song I wrote in 2011. On the album it features a beautiful flute part improvised by Praful Mystik.