Iain Farrington

Pianist, organist, composer, arranger

Iain FarringtonOrganist

Iain was Organ Scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, and St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. He regularly gives solo recitals, radio broadcasts and accompanies choirs across the world. Iain has made numerous arrangements for organ, which have been recorded and performed. His arrangement of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5 was performed at the Royal Wedding in 2011. He has composed much organ music, which has been recorded and frequently performed around the world.

(right) At the Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms 2007, solo performances of Reubke and Elgar

Sound sample:

Iain Farrington - Stride Dance (Fiesta!) (1'48")


Iain FarringtonIain has given solo recitals in Reykjavik Iceland, the Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Birmingham Town Hall and in cathedrals around the UK. He performed two organ solos at the Royal Albert Hall in the BBC Proms 2007. He has accompanied choirs in the USA, Japan, South Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong, across Europe and the UK. In 2011 and 2013 he performed in Los Angeles for a concert of music by Schoenberg and Zeisl, which included Schoenberg’s organ work Variations on a Recitative. As an orchestral organist, Iain has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia

(left) At the Horrible Histories Prom 2011, Royal Albert Hall

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Iain has made recordings as a soloist and accompanist on the Naxos, Nimbus, Signum and Herald labels. He has recorded and broadcast extensively with the BBC Singers, including contemporary works by Michael Berkeley, Judith Bingham, Robin Holloway, John McCabe, Peter Maxwell Davies, Arvo Part, Judith Weir. With the BBC Symphony Chorus he recorded a BBC Proms commission, Judith Bingham's The Secret Garden. He recorded a television programme of Christmas music with John Rutter for BBC One in 2011.

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YouTube video of a live concert performance of

Arnold Schoenberg’s ‘Variations on a Recitative’.

The work is one of the pinnacles of 20th century

organ music, full of technical and intellectual

challenges, as well as a powerful emotional journey.

Organist Appointments

2003 St Paul's Cathedral, London (Deputy Organist)

1999 - 2000 St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London (Organ Scholar)

1996 - 1999 St John's College, Cambridge (Organ Scholar)

1995 - 1996 St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle (Organ Scholar)

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Other keyboard instruments: Harpsichord, Celeste, Harmonium

Iain also performs as a harpsichordist in Baroque music as a continuo player, as well as in contemporary works. He recorded Handel Messiah with the Britten Sinfonia under Stephen Layton, and has performed Britten Phaedra at the Wigmore Hall in London. He has performed Ligeti Contiuum at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, and has also performed Ligeti Chamber Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Iain has performed the Bach Gamba Sonatas with Maxim Rysanov (viola)and friends. He has played the harmonium and celeste in works by Mahler, Schreker, Korngold and Nancarrow.

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