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Iain Farrington Biography

Iain Farrington

Iain Farrington has an exceptionally busy and diverse career as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at Cambridge University. He has also participated in masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh.

As a pianist, Iain has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, annually at the Proms since 2004, the Royal Opera House, Chequers, Harewood House, St David's Hall, Cardiff, and in Japan, South Africa, and Jordan. He works with many of the country's leading singers and conductors, including John Mark Ainsley, David Wilson-Johnson, Lesley Garrett, the Royal Ballet, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis and Thomas Ŕdes. In 2001, he won the Megan Foster Accompanist Prize in the Maggie Teyte Competition. Iain is the accompanist for the London Philharmonic Choir, working regularly with Kurt Masur and Mark Elder.

Iain has given solo piano recitals all across the UK, in the National Portrait Gallery and the British Embassy, Latvia. His repertoire embraces more unusual works, featuring contemporary, English, and light music. With the Endymion Ensemble, Iain has performed in the Purcell Room and St John's Smith Square, and with the Farrington Ensemble in the Pump Rooms, Bath and festivals in Windsor and Halifax.

Iain also performs extensively as an organist, and was Organ Scholar at St John's College, Cambridge University. With the College Choir he toured extensively, gave regular broadcasts on BBC Radio Three and recorded four CD's on the Naxos and Nimbus labels, including an award-winning disc of Howells. He was previously Organ Scholar at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle where he played for numerous Royal occasions. Iain has given solo organ recitals in Reykyavik, Iceland, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Westminster and Gloucester Cathedrals and has performed in Malaysia, Latvia, Sweden, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, St Paul's Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. With the BBC Singers he has performed in Holland and the Spitalfields Festival, and recorded music by Duruflé, Maxwell Davies, Tippett, and Judith Weir.

As a creative musician, Iain is a committed composer and arranger. He has arranged and performed over one hundred diverse works, from Mozart to Gershwin. His solo piano arrangement of Elgar/Payne Symphony No.3 is published by Boosey and Hawkes, and his transcription of Elgar's Five Piano Improvisations is published by Novello. His organ arrangements of Walton's music have been recorded on the Naxos label. In 2005, Iford Opera performed his chamber orchestral version of Dvořák's Rusalka. As a composer, Iain has written works for piano, organ, chorus and ensembles. His organ suite Fiesta! has been performed in New Zealand, Sweden, France, Germany, in cathedrals across the UK, and recorded on the Hyperion label. His anthem Rejoice for choir and organ won the RSCM 2004 Anthem Prize, and was first performed by Norwich Cathedral Choir. Iain's website is www.iainfarrington.com.

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