Ian Rae - piano entertainer - jazz pianist and piano / keyboards player - music teacher
You have reached the official Web Site of Ian Rae, London based piano entertainer, jazz pianist, piano player and music teacher - this site contains information about his background and contains links to his other web sites.
Background - Ian Rae was born, in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1947, and was educated at Kelvinside Academy and Glasgow University, where he studied Classics and Music, graduating with an M.A in 1968. During this period of his life he first started to develop as a jazz pianist.
Ian then worked in computing for 30 years, moving to South London in 1972, and finally retiring from the position of Technical Strategy Manager, at the Commercial Union Computer Centre - Whyteleafe, Surrey, in March 1998.
Now a freelance musician / piano entertainer / jazz and wedding pianist, living in Kenley in Surrey, he recently retired from being a peripatetic music teacher at St Andrews School in Croydon, used to be a tutor at Richard Stilgoe's Orpheus Centre near Godstone, teaches jazz piano and keyboard styles, and is a freelance composer of music and songs for a video, television, radio and theatrical productions, performed at the Fairfield Halls and Ashcroft Theatre in Croydon, Miller Centre, Caterham, Secombe Centre in Suttonas as well as Rochester and Chichester Cathedrals. His musical "Olympus - The Musical " co-written with Chris Chambers was staged at a RSC showcase at the Questors Theatre in London, then had its premiere at the Ashcroft Theatre in Croydon 9th to 12th May 2012, and then transferred to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall 17th to 19th May, in the run up to the London Olympics. For more details please visit Olympus - The Musical . Ian's follow up musical "I Hate Musicals" had its premiere in South London in Late Nov early Dec 2012. For more information please feel free to visit the web site at I Hate Musicals
As well as providing piano entertainment on piano / keyboards, and working as a jazz and wedding pianist in South London, Surrey and Kent, Ian currently is the pianist with two jazz bands - Mirage (with his wife Morven) and One Foot In The Groove (without his wife Morven). For more information please visit The Irma Music Web site.
A specialist in the Musical Direction of Old Time Music Halls, he has been MD for numerous shows for CODA and Croydon Stagers and is currently resident MD for Croydon Masqueraders Old Time Music Hall Group - Croydon Masqueraders O T M H
A prolific music and song writer, Ian has produced music for theatre, film and video and four of his songs have just been recorded and released by EMI
He has also released four albums on the Irma Music Label
Burns Banks and Braes by Ian & Morven Rae(10 of the love songs of Robert Burns set to original and haunting new tunes - "Ae Fond Kiss", "Ca' the Yowes", "My Love is Like a Red Red Rose", "Ye Banks and Braes" and "John Anderson my Jo" are set to the original well loved tunes and ,"Logan Braes", "(There'll Never be Peace) Till Jamie Comes Hame", "Thou Hast Left Me Ever Jamie" "My Heart's In the Highlands" and "Robin Adair" have been recreated with haunting new tunes specially composed by Ian, as part of the Robert Burns Love Song Project.
The other Irma Music albums are Sing Everyone Sing (New Christmas Carols for Modern Times distributed by Irma Music) and Olympus the Musical - Original cast sound track and the original cast album of I Hate Musicals was released in late November 2012.
So if you are looking for a jazz pianist for your restaurant, piano player to provide sing along songs at your party, or a piano entertainer for your wedding reception, private or corporate function contact now.
Or maybe you just wish to learn how to develop your piano or keyboard jazz / pop styles - once again use the contact in the previous paragraph.
Geographical areas served are Kenley, Addington, Beckenham, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Carshalton, Caterham, Chaldon, Cheam, Coulsdon, Croydon, Dorking, Edenbridge, Limpsfield, Lingfield, Merton, Mitcham, Oxted, Purley, Redhill, Reigate, Sanderstead, Selsdon, Shirley, Sutton, Thornton Heath, Tatsfield, Wallington, Warlingham, Westerham, Woldingham, Whyteleafe, Wimbledon as well as most of South London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent
"Ian has the unique ability to sound like a piano, bass and drums trio at the cost of a solo pianist!" - C.T.
Over the years Ian, on his own, and in collaberation with a number of writers, has written a huge number of songs and pieces of music for theatre, video, radio and television, and a large number of these are available as free mp3 downloads from http://www.IrmaMusic.co.uk So whatever your taste, you should find something to interest you there and a number of the songs are available as sheet music by searching on the link below
Ian Rae Official Web Site - Telephone 020 8660 6910 - 169 Valley Road Kenley Surrey CR8 5BZ
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