Ian Killoran - alto & tenor
Ian was born in Edinburgh and, after dalliances with
the guitar, recorder, double bass, bugle and bagpipes, eventually
started learning the clarinet at secondary school. He was soon playing
with both school and regional youth orchestras, was appointed principal
clarinet with The National Wind Band of Scotland(youth) , The Edinburgh
Schools Concert Band and later played solo clarinet with The National
Wind Band of Scotland.
While continuing his
clarinet studies at The London College of Music, Ian acquired an alto
saxophone and having taught himself to play was soon being invited to
perform with various amateur Big Bands. This led to him developing his
tripling skills as he added flute to his arsenal and the scene was set
for Ian's future musical adventures.
Having completed his studies at the LCM, gaining
both performance and teaching diplomas, Ian joined The Band of The Scots
Guards. During his army service he performed on Tours throughout the
world in many countries including America, Canada, Australia ,South
Korea and New Zealand. He also played for many historic state occasions
including The funeral of Her Majesty the Queen Mother, The handover of
Hong Kong in 1997, 20 Queens Birthday Parades, around 250 performances
at The Edinburgh Military Tattoo and over 1500 Changing the Guard
ceremonies at Buckingham Palace! During the Gulf war 1990-91 Ian served
as a medical assistant with 33 Field Hospital. After 22 years as an army
musician Ian decided that the word "army" was surplus to requirements in
his job description and he "marched off the square" into civy street in
Since then he has been
a successful freelance clarinet/saxophone/flute player, based in London.
and has regularly guested with many jazz, rock, soul and big bands
including The London Swing Orchestra, The Sticky Wicket Swing Orchestra,
The Denmark Street Big Band, The Astor Big Band, Jimmy James and The
Vagabonds and The Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra.
Ian is especially at home playing combinations of
flutes, clarinets and saxophones in theatre pits and has
also performed as an extra with orchestras including The Mariinsky
Ballet Orchestra, The London Oratory Sinfonietta, Opera at Bearwood and
The Matthew Jones Orchestra (backing stars including Boy George, Rick
Astley, Lucie Silvas and Mica Paris in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support).
As a chamber musician, Ian is a founder member of The Pentland Trio
performing recitals of the Clarinet/Cello/Piano trio repertoire in
venues such as St James’s
Ian enjoys teaching and held the post of clarinet
+ saxophone teacher at Kimbolton school from 2010-2016. He is a regular
player with The Young Persons Concert Foundation and is proud to be
involved in their "Sinfonia" projects, giving orchestral experience and
encouragement to primary school pupils in London.
Ian deputised for Amy Roberts and then Trevor
Whiting on various dates from 2013-2017 before becoming a regular member
of The Big Chris Barber Band in September 2017.