Ian's Story

Originally a piano student of the very talented Gaynor Leighton-Hoggett (during which he achieved ABRSM piano grades 1-4) followed by Simon Percy (during which he achieved ABRSM piano grades 5-7 and music theory grade 5), Ian progressed to college and studied music further under David Parker.

It was at college that Ian began singing lessons under Gillian Parker (during which he achieved ABRSM singing grade 5) and took part in public choral and orchestral works such as 'The Creation' by Haydn. Ian has performed under virtuoso conductors such as the well known Jeffery Babb. He also made many piano performances locally.

Since starting teaching piano in 2012 he has put dozens of students through ABRSM piano grades and guided their progress, helping them become aspiring musicians.

After a 20-year break from exams, Ian achieved a distinction in grade 8 piano in 2021 after around 22 weeks of self study.

Currently Ian is covering the many nuances of Irish fiddle, jazz and bluegrass violin music under teacher Stephen Owen and is currently working towards an ARSM piano diploma as a self-study project throughout 2021