Born in Enfield, North London, Ian studied Music at Lancaster University and was awarded a BMus (Hons) degree. Whilst at Lancaster he specialized in conducting, directing many of the university ensembles including the University Chamber and Symphony Orchestras as well as being Principal Conductor of the University Choral Society and the Music Director of the University Operatic Society. As the founder/conductor of the Lancaster Contemporary Music Ensemble he recorded music by 20th Century French composers including Milhaud, Honegger and Auric, and was involved in the commissioning and conducting of many new works from both student and established composers. Ian returned to London where he joined the PGCE Music course at the Institute of Education (University of London). His teaching career has included leading music and creative arts faculties in Barnet, Enfield, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. As an educator he has worked extensively with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment education department as well as being a tutor and Camp Director for the National Youth Music Camps. He is currently Assistant Headteacher at a school in Camden. Ian has wide-ranging experience as a conductor and musical director that encompasses choral and orchestral music, as well as opera and musical theatre. Ian was the conductor of the Groveland Singers, Guest Conductor for the London Repertoire Orchestra and for many years Musical Director to several Musical Theatre groups conducting numerous musical shows at the Millfield Theatre, Kenneth More Theatre and the Harlow Playhouse. In 2007 Ian was appointed to the post of Assistant Conductor of Camden Youth Orchestra, taking over as Principal Conductor in 2010, a post he continues to hold now. Ian joined the Barnet Band as conductor in 2016 and enjoys the range of music that the band are able to perform at the numerous indoor and outdoor engagements they undertake throughout the year.