Ian's music is characterised by appealing melodic and harmonic invention, careful structuring and skilful and original setting of texts.
Ian’s commissions have ranged from large-scale works like Dies Irae, a remembrance cantata for youth and adult choirs, soloists and orchestra - through Air And Angels, settings of John Donne for choir and brass commissioned by Epworth Choir, to a host of short works for all types of choir.
Other large scale works include The Pied Piper of Hamelin - an entertainment for childrens' and adults' choirs first performed by the Bach Choir and Ionian Mass, a 'joyful celebration of science and the natural world'.
His work is published by OUP and Novello, among others, and his music appears in a number of anthologies including The Oxford Book Of Easy Flexible Anthems, The Novello Book of British Folksongs and The Oxford Book of Flexible Choral Songs. The rest is published by Apple Tree Music.
Ian's most recent commission was "After" - a post-pandemic song for the Swan Singers, (see link to sample score above). The audio example above is Sleep Softly Now, recorded by Suzi Digby and Ora Singers, and newly published by OUP.