Ian is an International Vocal Coach working in Cardiff, London and across Europe. He currently lectures in Singing and Voice for UWTSD, Cardiff and was formerly a vocal Tutor at the Faculty of Musical Theatre at Mountview, London. Ian 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.
For the last seven years, Ian has worked as a vocal consultant to the Helsinki City Theatre supporting individual singers in productions, most recently including sell-out runs of recently including ‘Kinky Boots’ and ‘The Little Mermaid’. As an experienced choral performer and conductor, Ian has outstanding ensemble teaching skills and gives workshops and classes to Theatre Companies and Choirs.
As the first practitioner in the UK to hold both the Estill Master Trainer 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’ workshops in many training schools and conservatories. It’s a unique look at functional voice use and the application of Manual Therapy in voice. 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, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.