Ian Allan began with the Choir in August 2011. He comes from a military music background and was a conductor, trombonist, pianist and harpist with the British Army for 23 years.
He has entertained with jazz bands, big bands and orchestras playing an array of instruments at a wide variety of occasions that included Royal performances.
Ian formed one of the two professional choirs in the British Army and subsequently conducted this choir both nationally and internationally until his retirement four years ago. His choir was privileged to sing at the Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Remembrance in 2004.
Ian has toured the world as a musician and performed Fanfares for the Royal Variety Show. Since leaving the army, Ian has continued to perform and arrange music. He has recorded arrangements commercially and led a team of musicians for several years at the nationally acclaimed Sights and Sounds of Christmas at Thursford, Norfolk where he met met his wife, Tracie Penwarden. Ian teaches, plays as a freelance trombonist and conducts the Arnside Choral Society.