Iain Farrington has a busy and diverse career as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger.
LATEST: Iain's group, the Art Deco Trio, have recently released a new CD called Gershwinicity. It features Iain's arrangements of Gershwin songs for clarinet, saxophone and piano, on the SOMM Recordings label.
A new recording of Iain's Animal Parade has been released by the Ferio Saxophone Quartet with Timothy End (piano). The CD Evoke is available on Chandos Records, and also includes Iain's arrangements of works by Shostakovich and Bizet. A recording by Christopher Herrick of Iain's Amazing Grace has been released on Hyperion Records, called Northern Lights. Iain arranged the song I still call Australia home for the Last Night of the Proms, performed by the tenor Stuart Skelton and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, London on Saturday 11th September. Iain played the piano in the same concert, which was broadcast live on international television and radio.
Iain recently composed Switchback, an 11 minute ballet score for a new dance film by choreographer Cathy Marston. It features dancers on location around the world and will be released soon. He also arranged Laufey's song Let you break my heart again for the Philharmonia Orchestra. Iain played the organ at the BBC Proms on Saturday 21st August with Moses Sumney, Jules Buckley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Iain made a reduced orchestration of Keiko Abe's Marimba Concerto Prism Rhapsody for performance in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2020 Final. It was performed by the winner of the competition Fang Zhang, with the BBC Philharmonic and Mark Wigglesworth. Iain performed the solo piano part in his arrangement of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at St Martin in the Fields Church, London. He arranged John Stainer's The Crucifixion for chamber ensemble and choir, performed by the London Mozart Players.
Iain recently composed and recorded an opera for schools, with English Touring Opera, called Al-Haytham's Light. He arranged a set of Ivor Novello songs for Sir Bryn Terfel that were performed by him at the Barbican Centre with Britten Sinfonia in September 2020. Iain composed a new orchestral work Beethoveniana that was broadcast on the First Night of the BBC Proms 2020.
A CD recording of Iain’s organ music Live Wire has recently been released on Priory Records. Iain composed a new organ work for the re-opening concert of the organ in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, that was premiered in late 2020.
Many of Iain’s concerts in 2020/2021 have been cancelled or postponed owing to the coronavirus outbreak. Iain’s chamber orchestrations of symphonic works are currently receiving many performances around the world, as ensembles adapt to restrictions caused by the virus, including the USA, Japan, Australia, all across Europe and the UK.