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. It includes Gershwinicity, a piece that was premiered at the BBC Proms in 2018. The Trio performed live on BBC Radio Three, and in concert at St Mary's Perivale here.
Iain recently composed Switchback, an 11 minute ballet score for a new dance film by choreographer Cathy Marston. It will feature dancers on location around the world.
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 also recently arranged Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending for chamber ensemble, performed by members of Aurora Orchestra. He composed and arranged several works for the London Symphony Orchestra East London Academy, as well as arranging pieces for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic.
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 performed at the BBC Proms 2020 in the Royal Albert Hall with Aurora Orchestra. He composed a new orchestral work Beethoveniana that was broadcast on the First Night of the BBC Proms 2020.
Other recent performances and recordings have included with City of London Sinfonia, the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Philharmonic Choir. 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.