Ian is an experienced and respected conductor who has worked with a wide variety of brass bands, orchestras, choirs and wind bands. He is known for exacting standards alongside an encouraging and motivating approach, and is equally at home working with musicians of all abilities.
Ian has worked with many brass bands throughout England and Wales including Musical Director of Parc and Dare (winner Radio Wales Band of the Year) and more recently Jaguar Landrover Band, leading them to sixth place out of seventy-six bands in the Greenfield section of the Whit Friday marches in 2014. He was Resident Conductor of Buy as you View Cory Band when they won the British Open and National Finals competitions in 2000. He was appointed Principal Conductor of Tongwynlais Temperance Band in June 2017, taking them to the National Brass Band Championship Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2017 and winning the South East Wales Brass Band Association (Merthr Tydfil) Competition (Championship Section).
Ian has been Principal Conductor of Lydbrook Band since 2009, with whom he has worked on a successful series of premieres and concerts in venues such as Colston Hall, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Speech House Hotel Royal Forest of Dean, and Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, including collaborations with actors Robert Hardy CBE, Henry Goodman and Barry Farrimond. He has also toured to Spain including concerts at La Seu Cathedral, Barcelona and Murcia Cathedral, and featured on the National Lottery Christmas TV advert in 2013. Most recently, he conducted 270 musicians aged 8-80 in a world premiere at St George's Bristol and directed the first ever performance of the award-winning South-West Open Youth Orchestra, the UK's first and only disabled-led orchestra for young musicians at Bristol Cathedral, featured on BBC The One Show.
Ian was the Musical Director of the City of Hull Youth Symphony Orchestra, working with soloists such as Jack Brymer, Don Lusher and Johnny Morris. He regularly directs the University of the West of England Symphony Orchestra, has conducted the Bristol Ensemble and was Musical Director of the Bristol Schools’ Philharmonia (part of Bristol Music Trust), conducting Holst The Planets and Mark Lawrence Home by Christmas for massed forces at Colston Hall in December 2014.
Choral credits include Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Fanshawe African Sanctus, Jenkins The Armed Man and Requiem, Lambert Rio Grande, Mozart Requiem, Orff Carmina Burana, Verdi Requiem, Walton Belshazzar’s Feast. He is Musical Director of the 150-strong University of the West of England Singers, has guest conducted City of Bristol Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Wells Choral Society, and in 2013 was offered the post of Musical Director with Treorchy Male Choir. He led the BBC Radio Bristol Workplace Choir in an inaugural performance for Children in Need 2015.