Musical Director: Ian Jones
Ian Jones began his musical career at Primary School on Merseyside and continued to develop his singing and playing skills at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. Whilst at Liverpool University he sang with the Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and fell under the spell of the late Sir Charles Groves from whom he gained much of his conducting technique. Currently Ian sings with the Halle Choir and has studied singing with Elizabeth Lamb and Rachel Little and conducting with Christopher Bell, Michael Brewer, Paul Spicer, Roy Wales and Laszlo Heltay.
Committed to introducing people of all ages to choral singing, Ian loves to work with singers of all ages and abilities, from those who only dare to sing in the shower to those capable of holding a line by themselves. He has led one-to-a-part madrigal groups as well as classes for non-singers.
For 25 years he conducted the junior and senior choirs at Dallam School in concerts and musicals and, as a teacher in schools and a leader of courses for Sing for Pleasure and for Adult Education in South Cumbria is well aware of the needs and aspirations of young or inexperienced singers. Ian is well known to local audiences as a conductor and singer. He is the founder of Levens Choir and chorus master of the Cumbria Festival Chorus.
Accompanist: Rob Rainford
Rob studied music are Durham University before going on to career in music in the north-west of England, teaching at all levels from primary school to music college. He also works for many theatre and opera companies both in the orchestra and as a repetiteur. He is now an examiner for the ABRSM. Together with Lynne Williams he established the publishing company Forton Music, initially specialising in music for woodwind instruments, but now looking at a wider range of genres. He is a published composer, with compositions and publications appearing on several exam syllabi. He also performs regular concerts with Lynne as the Dunelm Duo.