Ian is an International Vocal Coach. In the UK he regularly works between London and Cardiff. He is currently a vocal Tutor at the Faculty of Musical Theatre at Mountview, London. He holds an Honours Degree in Music from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
He works regularly at the HTVW teaching studios in Cardiff and London. Clients work within the contemporary voice field where he has been involved in preparing singers for world tours, studio recordings and Musical Theatre roles. Many of Ian’s clients can be seen in the major productions of The West End and performing in major venues around the world.
Ian also works as a vocal consultant to the Helsinki City Theatre where he works with individual singers as well as in coaching productions. His ensemble coaching for Dance of the Vampires earned 5 star reviews. Ian is an experienced choral performer and conductor, and has outstanding ensemble teaching skills. He is able to link the work of the Estill model with the ensemble artistic performance. He has recently presented his highly successful ensemble workshop to Helsinki City Theatre. Also in Helsinki Ian has worked with the singing staff from Sibelius Academy with staff training.
Ian is the only practitioner in the UK to hold both the Estill Master Teacher Licence and the UK’s highest qualification in Soft Tissue Therapy. He is uniquely able to combine expertise in voice, with manual therapy techniques to help singers and voice users understand and alleviate the effects of muscle tension on vocal function. He has given his ‘hands on’ anatomy & physiology workshops in many training schools and conservatories. It’s a unique look at functional voice use and vocal massage. These skills help put Ian at the forefront of the modern approach to the training of singers.
In addition to understanding the postural tensions of the singer Ian also works with instrumentalists. As an accomplished woodwind player as well as a singer, Ian is particularly well placed to help performers understand the often conflicting demands of the different disciplines. This understanding is becoming increasingly relevant as more and more productions require actor-musicians.
Ian has been a visiting vocal tutor and involved in giving workshops at: ArtsEd, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, MTA, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sibelius Academy, Drama Studio and Bath Academy of Musical Theatre.