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 and conductor of Levens Choir and chorus master of the Cumbria Festival Chorus.
Accompanist: Ken Forster
Ken Forster has been involved in music making in this area for almost 30 years. He has diplomas in piano performance and piano accompaniment. He has played regularly for the Kendal Millennium Youth Choir, Cumbria Festival Chorus and its predecessors; sings and plays with Levens Choir, and plays with singers and instrumentalists (particularly young people) in workshops, masterclasses, festivals, concerts and exams. He has also played for shows for Storth Entertainers, and as a chamber musician with the Kentdale Ensemble.