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 work as a composer ranges from classical choral music, which has been my main focus in recent years, to foot-tapping tunes for my band Kings & Folk.
 
I have received a variety of commissions, particularly for sacred music. The most recent are:
A Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for Gloucester Cathedral's Girl Choristers - see 'Latest Commissions' on this page.
A Worcester Fantasy for organ - written for Christopher Allsop, first performed at the Three Choirs Festival, July 2017, as part of the live broadcast of Evensong on Radio 3.
Responses for Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir - first performance at Evensong, Three Choirs Festival, 22nd July 2017.
Psalm 150 for choir and mixed instruments for the King's School, Worcester, May 2017.
From Heaven above to Earth I come, a carol for Worcester cathedral choir for Christmas 2016. 
To the Eternal Father, an anthem for Worcester cathedral's Girl Choristers, with organ and handbells, first performed in September 2016.

In July 2016 there was a live Radio 3 broadcast of The Gloucester Service,  commissioned by Adrian Partington for the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival - you can hear complete recordings from Radio 3 in 'Music Samples' below. 
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 now performed each year at Gloucester; also  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.
In 2015 my madrigal What is our life?  was performed by The 24 choir of York University, conducted by Robert Hollingworth - hear the recording in 'Music Samples'.

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



PUBLISHING:
 
Ian's jazzy piano piece 
Happy Day will be included
in the ABRSM Grade 1 
Piano book for 2019-20.
 
NEW COMMISSION:
 
A setting of Carol Ann Duffy's poem
The Christmas Truce 
 for Gloucester Cathedral Choir
1st performance due Nov 2018


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:

iankingmusic.co.uk/cds