Iain Farrington has a busy and diverse career as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger.
Iain has been commissioned to compose a new organ piece for the Coronation of King Charles III. It is based on musical themes from various Commonwealth countries, and will be performed at Westminster Abbey on 6th May 2023.
Iain's group, the Art Deco Trio, have recently released a new album of Iain's jazz-inspired arrangements of Classical favourites, called Classical Changes, on SOMM Recordings. It also features new arrangements of sea shanties and African-American spirituals. Iain is arranging and composing the score for a new show based on songs by Ivor Novello, to be performed at the Buxton Festival. He is also arranging pieces for Royal Opera House Education, Aurora Orchestra, and The Lost Estate. He is composing an organ work for the AGO Convention 2024 in San Francisco. A recording of Iain's Paganini Patterns for saxophone and piano was recently released by Huw Wiggin and Noriko Ogawa on the album Rhapsody.
In 2022, Iain composed an orchestral work A Party with Auntie for the Last Night of the Proms. It was written to celebrate the centenary of the BBC and quotes numerous BBC TV and radio theme tunes. Iain recently composed/arranged Earth Symphony, a 40 minute orchestral work based on the soundtracks to recent BBC Natural Histories programmes. The score accompanies a new film, and uses musical material by Hans Zimmer and his team. These soundtracks have been developed, extended, elaborated and transformed into a five-movement orchestral symphony. It was performed at the Earth Prom by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ben Palmer. The concert is available to watch on BBC iPlayer here.
Iain composed a new piece for the Royal Northern Sinfonia called In the Swamp by the Light of the Moon. It is based on a book by Frann Preston-Gannon and is designed for family Christmas concerts. Iain's new Jazz Cantata Then sing we all was premiered by Twickenham Choral and performed again at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, London. It will be performed several times in 2023. He composed a new carol Nova, nova for the Advent Carol service at St John's College, Cambridge University. A recording of Iain's Lamenting Lullaby has been released on Stone Records. He composed and arranged numerous songs and instrumental works for Aurora Orchestra Learning. Also in 2022 Iain arranged works for English Touring Opera, La Nuova Musica, Opera North, Bath Philharmonia, 12 Ensemble, Roman River Festival, the Eusebius Quartet, Soumik Datta with the BBC Singers, and the singer-songwriter Laufey. Iain orchestrated six Classical and traditional Ukrainian songs for an orchestral benefit concert in support of Ukraine, at St John's Smith Square, London.