Ian Carmalt MA, Pianist 01227 762547 Contact Ian For your accompanying requirements  ] concert performances ]  ] exams ] auditions ] rehearsals ]  ] dancing classes and exams ]  also Piano tuition and coaching for singers in Canterbury and East Kent Training in musicianship Background piano music Tenor vocals Ian has been playing the piano for the Faversham  Choral Society's rehearsals, and piano or harpsichord  for many of its Christmas and summer concerts, since  November 1996. From spring 2002 until the choir  ceased meeting at the end of 2005, he added duties  as accompanist for Chatham Choral Society (a.k.a.  Medway Cantabile) to his weekly work.  He was born and brought up in Birmingham, where he  showed early interests in piano playing and  composition, and studied music up to A level at King  Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys. After leaving  school, Ian worked for the NHS Supplies organisation,  keeping up his musical and general artistic  enthusiasm by singing in choirs, helping to run  musical organisations, and attending a large number  of concerts, festivals and summer schools. Having left the NHS in 1993, Ian studied at Anglia Polytechnic (now Ruskin) University,  Cambridge, whence he graduated with a BA (1st Class  Hons) in Music. During this period, he began to take a  serious interest in accompanying and playing chamber  music, which led him to move to Canterbury to study  at Christ Church College (now University) with  Kathryn Page and Derek Hyde for his Masters degree  in this subject. Ian is now a freelance ensemble pianist, who works as accompanist to the Faversham Choral Society, and as  pianist for ballet classes and exams at the Margaret  Giles (Wye) and Page-Mason (Broadstairs) Schools of  Dancing, and at the Ashford branch of Dance  Warehouse. He is active as a piano teacher,  accompanist and coach for singers and  instrumentalists in the Canterbury and East Kent  area. In 2017 Ian and a young up and coming singer  Jack Naismith formed a partnership that during  its first year included performances in Canterbury  and Herne Bay of a programme featuring  Schumann’s Dichterliebe.  In August 2015, Ian was the music  director/pianist for the Arden Theatre  (Faversham) production of The Hollow Crown,  which brought back memories of performing a  similar role at the same theatre fifteen or so  years earlier, for the Young Arden’s performances  of Lewis Carroll’s Alice story, with music by  Richard Addinsell. Until their singing and instrumental competitions  ceased in 2011, he was for over ten years an official  accompanist to the Kent Competitive Festival, but by  that time he had begun to appear variously as pianist, composer, folk singer and speaker in Under the  Spotlight, a theatrical offshoot of Faversham Choral  Society. He is also the regular organist at Sturry   parish church, near Canterbury.  Outside school term time, Ian was for three years a  house pianist for Music at Rendcomb, a residential  singing course that culminated in a concert of staged  scenes, and was re-instated in August 2012 as part of  the International Summer School of Music in  Shrewsbury. Similar courses for which he has worked  include Summer Music Summer School and The  Complete Singer. A highlight came in 2005, when he was the pianist for  Georgina Colwell's English Song  Weekend , in which Ivor Gurney and  Margaret Wegener were featured  composers. He later became the  regular pianist for these weekends,  and was booked for a music theatre  course (cancelled because of  insufficient bookings) in August 2008. In the 2002 Canterbury Festival, Ian  organised and performed in a concert  featuring Brahms' Liebesliederwalzer,  Joubert's Divertimento for piano  duet, and solo songs. His interest in unusual and unjustly  neglected repertoire (especially  British) has led Ian to introduce  Alwyn's Rhapsody for piano and  string trio to numerous chamber  music enthusiasts at summer schools, and to perform  the piece at such schools in Aberystwyth (1999) and  Winchester (2003).  The best of Ian's compositions are available from  www.scoreexchange.com . For an autobiographical  essay about his compositions, click here . Here is a  video of an extract from his performance of Pretty  Ring Time, from his Seasons in Ragtime. The highlight of his career as a vocalist was  performing a tenor part in Berio's Sinfonia for Anglia  at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (May 1996).  Ian keeps up his interest in singing by turning out for  the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir and The  Canterbury Singers , whose librarian he is and whose  catalogue, along with those of many other choirs, is  available from www.gerontius.net  Stage appearances include small operatic roles such  as Dr Crabbe (Peter Grimes), the tenor soldier worker  in Milhaud's The Abduction of Europa, and the sage in  Hindemith's Hin und Zurück, all at Anglia Polytechnic  University. Ian has also acted in plays: at Anglia in  plays written by fellow students, and as a pianist in  Joshua Sobol's Ghetto; and more recently as Brother  Plasterer in Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards! at the  Arden Theatre, Faversham. He appeared at the Arden  again in May 2006, as Lady Macbeth in the Farndale  Avenue production of the Scottish play. Ian welcomes enquiries from anyone who is looking  for an accompanist for concert performances, exams,  auditions or rehearsals, or is seeking coaching or  piano tuition, or background piano music for  functions.  Essays William Alwyn  Beethoven variations Brahms Piano accompaniment Other links and interests Canterbury Musicians Finzi Friends William Alwyn www.musicteachers.co.uk  www.uk-piano.org Sounds New Humour  National Trust Friends of the Earth Scottish Country Dancing  Chamber music (summer school)
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