Ian Kellam was born in Sheffield, England in 1933. As a young chorister he studied with Dr. Tustin Baker, organist at Sheffield Cathedral. He later studied with Herbert Sumsion at Gloucester Cathedral, and then with Howard Ferguson at the Royal Academy of Music in London. While there, he won the Langrish Award for choral writing, and in 1969, the Church of England Music Society prize for anthems. His first published pieces, written at age 16, were two Christmas carols for Solo Voice and Piano but, after a boyhood steeped in the traditions of church choral music, it is perhaps not surprising that much of his output seeks to further those traditions.
To date his major writings comprise nine choral and orchestral cantatas and numerous small… Go to person page >