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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

COMPOSING

 

My compositions range from serious classical choral works to foot-tapping tunes for my band 
Kings & Folk.
 
Commissions have included a contemporary setting of   The St. John Passion    for Gloucester Cathedral Choir, first performed on Good Friday 2014 and  A  Worcestershire   Song   Cycle  for the Three Choirs Festival in 2011. This 40 minute chamber work was the first ever commission by the festival to combine both classical and folk genres. Other commissions include writing carols for school choirs for performance in Worcester Cathedral in 2012, 2013 and 2014. I am currently working on a new commission for the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival in 2016.

I write and arrange the music for Kings & Folk  using our line-up of violin, flute/whistle, piano, vocals and djembe drum. Our music has been played on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland and folk music programmes on BBC Shropshire, Gloucestershire and Hereford & Worcester.

The first CD release of my music was  from Root to Sky   in 2007, for violin, piano and voice. 

I wrote the music for  Springtime, a poem by Eva Cassidy. Eva's parents approved the song for public release by the singer Deborah Rose.

More information and samples of my compositions  -  WORKS
 
 

LATEST NEWS



NEW ALBUM

The new  Kings & Folk  CD 'Branching Out' featuring tracks written by Ian
is now available from:

www.kingsandfolk.com
                                                    www.amazon.co.uk

 

PERFORMING



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.
With  Kings and Folk   I play at venues ranging from music festivals and folk clubs to country churches and village halls.

I also play with solo singers and choirs in a variety of genres and am available for accompanying work. Each year I accompany Sixth Form students in a wide range of performances for concerts and exams.

I often play piano for weddings and special events; my wife  Claire and I also perform together as a violin/piano duo for these occasions.

More information on my performing  -  EVENTS
 








 

MUSIC SAMPLES

TEACHING

 

I teach piano at Worcester Sixth Form College and privately at home. I enjoy a huge range of music and teach classical music (from Medieval to Modern), pop/rock, jazz/blues and folk.

I also teach music theory, music history, composition and improvising. I adapt my lessons to the unique needs of each pupil. If you’re keen and imaginative I’d be happy to hear from you.