Pianist, organist, composer, arranger
Iain studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He gained a DipRAM, the highest grade for a postgraduate, and was subsequently awarded an Associate (ARAM) for excellence in the profession. He works regularly with some of the country's leading singers, instrumentalists and choirs, as well as giving solo recitals. A selection of Iain’s performances can be viewed on YouTube:
Iain regularly gives solo recitals across the UK and abroad. His repertoire is unusual, equally embracing classical standard repertoire, contemporary, jazz and light music, as well as many arrangements of his own. He has recorded his arrangement of Elgar Concert Allegro for piano and orchestra with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and his own solo piano arrangement of Elgar’s 2nd Symphony. Solo recordings also include his own compositions Fiesta! and a recording of piano arrangements Piano Songs. He has performed a Mahler Piano Series featuring most of Mahler’s symphonies in solo piano arrangements.
Iain is equally at home accompanying solo singers, instrumentalists and choirs. He has partnered in recital such singers as Lesley Garrett, John Mark Ainsley, David Wilson Johnson and Stephen Varcoe. On BBC Television he has accompanied Bryn Terfel and Lesley Garrett. Venues have included the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Kensington Palace and abroad in Holland, Sweden and France.
(left) With Bryn Terfel, at the Andrew Marr Show, BBC One, 2008
(left) With Lesley Garrett, at the Heaven and Earth Show, BBC One, 2007
Iain is a member of two ensembles: the Farrington Ensemble (clarinet, violin, cello, piano) and Counterpoise (trumpet, violin, saxophone, piano). He has also performed with numerous instrumental ensembles in traditional Classical repertoire, contemporary music and jazz/popular styles.
(right) With the Farrington Ensemble
Iain has performed as an orchestral pianist with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Britten Sinfonia, and the Aurora Orchestra. Venues have included the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
(left) With Nigel Kennedy, Philharmonia Orchestra, Tower Festival, 2009
As a choral accompanist, Iain works with some of the most renowned choirs in the country. He was the official accompanist for the London Philharmonic Choir, and has performed on numerous occasions with the BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Chorus. He has recorded numerous CDs and given many broadcasts with choirs. Choral concerts with organ accompaniment are detailed at Organist.