Ian gives instrumental lessons in piano / keyboard and organ, also in singing and theory. His wide range of chamber, church and stage music experience makes him much in demand for occasional accompaniment at weddings and funerals as well as other ceremonies, entertainments and formal and social gatherings, for which he has his own professional-grade stage piano as needed. He is happy to consult on choice of atmospheric incidental music which could so easily make (or mar) such special events.
Since 2002 he has given over 200 hour-long musical presentations at a local retirement home, mixing live and recorded repertoire on a vast range of topics including composers, countries and periods, ‘Animals (and other themes, e.g. The Olympics or the Periodic Table) in Music’, etc.
A fluent and sensitive accompanist, while working with individual vocalists and groups he is also able to advise on lyric phonetics in most of the mainstream foreign languages. He is experienced in school and community drama (two scripts of his own having been produced) and has a good eye for art, another subject in which he has provided occasional individual academic support.