Ian Chesworth directed a highly successful “Supersing Classic” performance, for the RLPO, to a full house at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in
2010 and has returned to the prestigious role of musical director for their
Over 100 singers from all over Europe attend Ian’s intensive choral workshops in Dunster, Somerset which he has been running,
with ever increasing popularity, for many years. No stranger to working with
both professional and amateur singers, he conducts a number of choirs in the
Manchester area, including Manchester Philharmonic Choir, KEMS Choir and Bolton
Chamber Choir. Recent highlights have ranged from small scale a-cappella pieces
’s St Matthew Passion to grand opera. Choirs travel the length and breadth of the
country to take part in the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition which Ian has
been a judge of since its inception.
As a singer, he is an experienced, versatile performer both on the stage and the
concert platform. Having trained as a postgraduate at the RNCM, operatic roles
have included Edrisi and Chorus (King Roger), Spoletta (Tosca), Silvio
(Pagliacci), Melchior (Amahl and the Night Visitors) and Monostatos (The Magic
Flute). In concert, he has been the soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah, Faure's
Requiem and numerous gala nights, as well as having had the honour of singing
the tenor role of Howard Blake's 'The Bear' with the Northern Sinfonia in the
presence of the composer himself. He has taken part in a number of
masterclasses, and received coaching from Sir Thomas Allen, Adele Leigh and
Seth Riggs among others, and is currently studying with Gillyanne Kayes.
In demand as a teacher, he is the singing coach for the nationally renowned
Acting Course at Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as running his
private practice in Chorlton. With a special interest in voice production he
has taken part in masterclasses and studied privately with Paul Spicer, Janet
é, Alan Hazeldine and David Lawrence.
Having taken up the organ at the age of 14, Ian has appeared on national TV and
radio as an accompanist and has had the privilege of arranging and performing
excerpts from Sir Paul McCartney
’s Liverpool Oratorio to great acclaim by the composer. Ian has held a number of
church appointments, most recently at St Clement
’s, Chorlton and in any remaining free time he has he still enjoys performing
organ recitals around the country. He studied the organ with Roger Fisher and
Keith Wright and is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.
Ian initially trained as a physicist at the University of Durham and worked as
an engineer and manager in the semiconductor industry before making music his
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