Biography

Ian CurrorUntil 2012 I was Organist and Director of Music at the Chapel of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. During my 37 years at Chelsea the Chapel Choir became one of London’s leading church choirs, with a rich and diverse repertoire ranging from renaissance polyphony to 21st century classics.

I am also active as a solo player, and have given concerts and recitals in most of the UK’s major venues. My work has received international recognition in the awards of honorary ‘Maître de Chapelle du Val-de-Grâce in Paris and the Medal of Honour of the Moscow Conservatoire. In 2016 The Royal School of Church Music awarded me its honorary Associateship for services to British church music.

Parallel with this I have had over 30 years experience as a teacher at the Royal College of Music, specialising in practical aspects of music education such as aural training, keyboard skills (transposition, score reading, sightreading, figured bass realisation) and organ performance.

More recently I also held similar posts at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Many of my students now hold prominent positions in the music profession.

The third major strand of my work is as an examiner for ABRSM and for the Royal College of Organists. I am a member of the Academic Board and a former Chairman of the latter. Many of my students have enjoyed success in the exams of both organisations.

I am based in South Devon, where I am Deputy Director of Music at Totnes Parish Church. I am available for organ and theory teaching in the South-West of England. Online lessons in music theory and preparation for the RCO diploma paperwork requirements have become a speciality. I can also help ABRSM candidates with their sight-reading and aural tests.

I am proud to be a trustee member of the Royal Society of Musicians, a charity that assists professional musicians who are in difficulty due to illness or injury. I am keen to make the Society’s excellent work more widely known in the South-West.