Ian Miles

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Ian's an experienced & versatile keyboard musician offering classical / chamber / sacred / showtune accompaniment & 'background'

Working 'community keyboardist' since late 1970s and experienced director of amateur choirs in Oxfordshire to 2018, prior to relocation to Sussex: MD of Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir (2000-6), Albert Park Singers, Abingdon (2009-18), Abingdon Gospel Choir (2013-18) and All Saints', Sutton Courtenay (2008-18) where he also set up and ran series of 'Parish Prom' chamber concerts totalling 30 events over 7 years. Repetiteur to Abingdon Operatic [= stage-musical] society on 30 shows over 15yrs (1996-2011), Wantage Choral Society (2008-18) and Didcot Festival Chorus (2000-17); Associate Musical Director on the Abingdon Passion Plays 2013 & 2016. At time of writing ~ autumn 2018 ~ also just approaching 100th contribution as (specialist cryptic) Crossword Compiler to Organists' Review. In prior / principal employment as a graduate modern-language teacher at New College School [fd.1379] & elsewhere, offers language / phonetic coaching to vocalists alongside engagements as a versatile accompanist.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, 1930s era music, 1920s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, Light music
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Event types:
Theatre / Show, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

All standard Wedding Ceremony music (Wagner & Mendelssohn; Widor; Handel; Old English Trumpet Tunes etc)
Golden-era showtunes (for Receptions) and medleys
Light Classics (Debussy: Clair de Lune; Schubert, Chopin, Joplin ...)
British Light Music and transcriptions (Coates & co.)
The 'Shorter Organ Music of Percy Whitlock'
Standard liturgical & incidental pieces by Stanford, Parry, Vierne, Bridge, Vaughan Williams


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Carmen K, 1 year ago

I can't thank you enough for your skilled and sensitive accompaniment on Sunday evening. I don't know if you realize what a difference you made - it was the first time that I have stood in front of an audience to sing a full solo in years, so it was a bit momentous. Having the cover and support of a truly gifted accompaniment made all the difference ... You covered me with grace and style, as well as a smile, and it was appreciated greatly! I am very fortunate that you landed in this time and place when you did.

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Alli D, 1 year ago

Thank you for doing a great job on the day.

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