At Chetham’s, Ian was part of the Cathedral Statutory Choir, ending as head chorister. He also performed with the Junior and Senior Orchestras, School Choir, Glee Club and Military Band. His favourite memory was of singing in the Statutory Choir, under Alan Wicks.
Ian sang at Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 85th birthday concert under Sir John Barbirolli, and sang the treble solo in the first performance of the original version of O Magnum Mysterium by Peter Maxwell Davies (Ian was 16 and ‘Max’ was 26). He sang at the Munich Disaster Memorial Service, and in about 1,600 services in the Cathedral.
Retired since 20 January 2006, Ian lives in Ipswich with his wife of 50+ years, and close to his son, daughter and three granddaughters. He does oil painting (including the oil painting of Chetham’s 15th century building in snow which was the first painting to be hung in the new building), cabinet-making, gardening, and fell walking in Cumbria. He also polishes the spectacularly good wood carvings in St. Mary-le-Tower, the civic church of Ipswich, and cleans and repairs the Minton tiles in the same church (over 300 sq.metres of them!).
After Chetham’s Ian trained as a specialist handicraft teacher at Shoreditch College of Education. He believes that he is the only woodwork teacher to come out of Chetham’s! He got a BA(Hons) in Educational Studies from the Open University (1973-5 & 1979-80) because when he trained as a teacher, teachers of Handicrafts were not ‘allowed’ to be graduates. Ian taught mainly woodwork, his favourite subject, for 18 years and then did about 21 years in financial services.