Introduction

My music ranges from classical works such as The St. John Passion   to pure folk pieces, and much of it is a spontaneous blending of the two genres. My folk music consists of original pieces and my own arrangements of traditional tunes, written mostly for   Kings & Folk. I also write pop songs, as I enjoy writing in different genres, something that seems natural to me in our contemporary culture where so many styles can co-exist. (This page is due an update, as it was last revised in 2015, hence pieces written in the last 2 years are not yet listed here.)

The St. John Passion (2014)

Commission for Gloucester Cathedral Choir  -  A contemporary setting of   The St. John Passion    for choir and organ.
First performed on Good Friday, 2014.

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

Some of my recent choral compositions:

Two English Songs  for tenor, piano and violin: 
Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind   (Shakespeare)   and  Merry It Is  (Anon. 14th Century)
First performed by Wilhelm Theunissen (tenor) in 2014.

O Clap Your Hands,   an anthem for Gloucester Cathedral Choir, first performed in 2013.

3 Christmas Carol commissions for Bishop Perowne College, Worcester. Written for the college choir, soloists and other instruments for performance in Worcester Cathedral. 
I Saw a Maiden   2012     -     Ring the Bells   2013     -     The Three Kings  2014

My madrigal What Is Our Life? received its first performance in York in May 2015, conducted by Robert Hollingworth.

I am currently working on a new commission for the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival in 2016: a setting of the Evening Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) for live broadcast on Radio 3.
      BUY CD/TRACKS Branching Out (2014)

The new album 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

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

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

I wrote the music and play the piano for 3 songs on the album
Song Be My Soul  by Deborah Rose, first released in 2013.

Springtime  ~  Lady of Shalott  ~  Little Boat

Springtime is a poem by Eva Cassidy. I performed the song with Deborah in front of Eva's parents at Walcott Hall, Shropshire in 2011 and they approved the setting for public release.

Lady of Shalott is my musical interpretation of the famous poem by Alfred , Lord Tennyson.

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

Songwriting