Ian McCrae – Conductor

Ian has been an active conductor since 1981 and has worked with a diverse range of musical ensembles and orchestras. He has worked extensively throughout the UK and Europe and conducted orchestras in venues as diverse as the Royal Festival Hall to a converted bath house in Amsterdam to cathedrals in Normandy with the orchestra traveling on bikes.
After completing his studies at university and Music College he studied with established conductors including Tadaaki Otaka and Diego Masson and worked as a freelance composer, orchestrator and conductor before training as a teacher. Ian has been musical director of many orchestras throughout the region and is also in demand as a guest conductor with orchestras and choirs throughout the UK and Europe. 
As a composer, following his studies with Francis Shaw and John McCabe, he has written two symphonies, three operas and a vast folio of other commissioned music that is widely performed. His work as both composer and orchestrator has included work for Classic FM, The Philharmonia orchestra and Glyndebourne. 
His re-orchestrations of full symphonic works, such as César Frank’s D minor symphony and Strauss’s horn concerto no.1 for smaller forces have gained him much critical acclaim as have his film scores for the films ‘The common treasury’ and ‘Fly on  the wall’.
Ian has always been heavily involved in bringing music to deprived communities and has spent most of his teaching career in schools in areas of social and economic deprivation.  Currently he is head teacher at a London inner-city school and, when not doing any of the above, finds as much time as possible to sail his yacht and ride his bike!

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