Welcome and thanks for visiting.
 
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"

FATEA Magazine
 

COMPOSING

 

My compositions range from serious classical choral works to foot-tapping tunes for my band Kings & Folk.
 
In recent years I have received a variety of commissions, particularly for  classical choral works. The most recent is  a new anthem for Worcester Cathedral Choir and the  Girl Choristers, to be performed in September 2016. July 2016  will feature the Radio 3 broadcast of The Gloucester Service,  commissioned by Adrian Partington for the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival. Other large works  have included a new half-hour  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 classical and folk genres.
Further  commissions include carols for the choir of Bishop Perowne College performed in  Worcester cathedral  and a Jubilate  for Gloucester Cathedral Junior Choir. During the  Three Choirs Festival in 2017  Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir will be singing my Festival  Responses   at evensong. In 2015 my madrigal What is our life?  was performed by The 24 choir of York University, conducted by Robert Hollingworth -  you can hear a recording of the complete piece in the music samples below.

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, 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. Tracks have been played on Radio 3 and French radio.

I wrote the music for  Springtime, a previously unset poem by the singer  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


THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL

  New 'Magnificat  & Nunc Dimittis'
to be broadcast live on Radio 3 from Gloucester Cathedral
Evensong - 27th July 2016


LATEST COMMISSION

An anthem for Worcester Cathedral Choir
celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Girl
Choristers  in  September 2016
 

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.






 

VIDEO

NEWS

'Winter's Frozen Droplets with Scarborough Fair'.
Ian King piano, Claire King violin, Helen Izod flute.
From the Kings & Folk CD  'Branching Out'. 

KINGS & FOLK CD

'Branching Out' 
featuring 14 tracks written and arranged
by Ian King  
available from

www.kingsandfolk.com