Iain Farrington has a busy and diverse career as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger.
Iain has 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 Jacob Shea. This has been developed, extended, elaborated and transformed into a five-movement orchestral symphony. It will be performed at the BBC Proms on 27th August, by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ben Palmer.
Iain's new Jazz Cantata Then sing we all was recently premiered by Twickenham Choral and will be performed again at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, London this September. Iain has recently composed Paganini Patterns for saxophone and piano, based on Paganini's 24th Caprice. He is composing a new carol for the upcoming Advent Carol service at St John's College, Cambridge University. Iain is arranging works for Opera North, Roman River Festival, Aurora Orchestra, Soumik Datta, and the singer/songwriter Laufey. He has recently arranged works for English Touring Opera, La Nuova Musica, Bath Philharmonia, 12 Ensemble, Buxton Festival. Iain recently arranged six Classical and traditional Ukrainian songs for an orchestral benefit concert in support of Ukraine. He is arranging/composing the score for a new show based on songs by Ivor Novello, to be performed at Buxton Festival next year.
Iain's group, the Art Deco Trio, have received excellent reviews for their Gershwinicity CD, as well as broadcasts on BBC Radio Three and Scala Radio. It features Iain's arrangements of Gershwin songs for clarinet, saxophone and piano, on the SOMM Recordings label. The Trio have recently recorded a new album of jazz-inspired arrangements of Classical favourites, to be released later this year.
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 2021, performed by the tenor Stuart Skelton and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Iain played the piano in the same concert, which was broadcast live on international television and radio.