Iain Farrington has a busy and diverse career as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger.
Iain was commissioned to compose a new organ piece for the Coronation of King Charles III. It is called Voices of the World and includes traditional song melodies from various Commonwealth countries, mixed together in a joyful, jazzy and dance-like character. The piece was performed by Matthew Jorysz at Westminster Abbey. Iain also arranged a number of the orchestral pieces for the Coronation Orchestra.
Iain's group, the Art Deco Trio, have recently released a critically acclaimed 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 recently arranged and composed the score for The Land of Might-Have-Been, a new musical based on songs by Ivor Novello, and including new songs and incidental music by Iain. It was performed at the Buxton Festival and Norwich Theatre Royal.
Iain arranged the songs for the Horrible Histories Prom 'Orrible Opera with English National Opera. With Aurora Orchestra he created a musical presentation exploring Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, for performances in the BBC Proms and Helsinki, in which Iain played the piano. He has composed an organ work for the AGO Convention 2024 in San Francisco, and a Mass for the choir of All Saints Fulham. Iain recently composed and arranged several orchestral works for the Philharmonia Orchestra and violinist Esther Yoo, that were performed at Buckingham Palace for the South Korean state visit. He is arranging the new carols for the BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition. These will be performed by the BBC Singers, with Iain at the piano. Iain's new orchestrations of Mozart songs were performed at the Wigmore Hall by the countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo with La Nuova Musica.
Iain recently made a new orchestration of the Herbert Howells song King David for Komische Oper Berlin. His choral work Nova, Nova has been recorded by St John's College Choir, Cambridge. 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. Also in 2022 Iain 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.
A recording of Iain's Paganini Patterns for saxophone and piano was recently released by Huw Wiggin and Noriko Ogawa on the album Rhapsody. 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 has been performed several times in 2023.