Iain Farrington has a busy and diverse career as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger.
Iain's group, the Art Deco Trio, have recently recorded a new album of Iain's jazz-inspired arrangements of Classical favourites, called Classical Changes, shortly to be released with SOMM Recordings. 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 Aurora Orchestra, Royal Opera House Education and The Lost Estate.
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. Iain composed Paganini Patterns for saxophone and piano, based on Paganini's 24th Caprice. It was recently recorded by Huw Wiggin and Noriko Ogawa for Orchid Classics. 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. He also 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 arranged six Classical and traditional Ukrainian songs for an orchestral benefit concert in support of Ukraine.