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Ian Gardiner, B.Mus, M.A.

Position held:
Senior Lecturer, Programme Convenor for MMus Programme

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i.gardiner (@gold.ac.uk)

25 Laurie Grove

Ian Gardiner’s creative work spans contemporary concert composition, music for film and TV, studio arranging, and collaborations with pop, jazz and world musicians. As a composer he has received major intermational and national awards, including a Prix Italia and Sony Award for his ‘work for radio’ Monument, and a British Composer Award for Toccata, Canzona, Ricercare for symphonic wind and brass. In 2012 his piece for solo bass clarinet and ensemble, spinning and weaving, was also shortlisted for a British Composer Award in the Chamber Music category. He works regularly with major British orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and groups such as Ensemble 10/10, the Nieuw Ensemble, and Mr McFall’s Chamber. He has also written for soloists including John Harle, Peter Donohoe, Tasmin Little, Lesley Garrett, Sir Willard W.White, and Dame Evelyn Glennie. For seven years he also directed the idiosyncratic new music group ‘George W.Welch’, for whom he wrote many pieces and transcriptions. In 2011 he recycled Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture for an orchestra of instruments made out of scrap materials, performed in the Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms, for the BBC4 TV programme Scrapheap Orchestra.

As an orchestral arranger, he has collaborated on projects with Toumani Diabaté, Goldfrapp, Hiba al-Kawas, Adrian Utley, OMD, The Christians, and the Liverpool-based rock band The Muffin Men, with whom he created the ‘When Worlds Collide’ concert, in combination with Ensemble 10/10 and conductor Clark Rundell, celebrating the music of Frank Zappa. His recent studio arranging work includes projects for albums by three Norwegian pop artists, Maria Mena, Trym Bjønnes, and Ingvild Hasund, and a piece for Yasuko Tanaka’s compilation of Ennio Morricone themes for Sony Classical. As an orchestrator he often scores on concert and TV/film projects for Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Jocelyn Pook, and John Harle. 

One of his major interests is the composition of new music for silent film, creating new scores for the expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the puppet animation Fétiche, and Joseph Cornell’s montage movie Rose Hobart. His academic work also embraces the analysis of music and sound in film and television, with a strong interest in music in British cinema. He is currrent and founding editor of the journal ‘Music, Sound, and the Moving Image’ (Liverpool University Press). 

Prior to Goldsmiths, he taught at the University of Liverpool, and also helped establish an innovative programme in Popular Music at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He is and has been external examiner for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at universities in the UK, as well as regularly examining PhDs in contemporary composition. He is also currently working as a composition mentor for Sound and Music.

Academic qualifications

B.Mus.(Hons.), London; M.A. in American Music, Keele


Undergraduate: Music in Film; Media Composition; Arranging in Jazz and Popular Music; Creative Orchestration; Creative Research Project; Research Essay. 

Postgraduate: Composition and Moving Image Media; Material, Form and Structure; Creative Project.

Areas of supervision

Music, Sound and the Moving Image; Film Music in Britain; Contemporary Composition

Current research students:
Alexis Bennett – British Film Music in the 1930s
Jeffrey Spencer – jazz/ contemporary composition portfolio

Presentations and exhibitions

Recent performances:

10 Supermarionation soundtracks (music by Barry Gray), Charles Hazlewood Allstars, cond. Charles Hazlewood, Park Stage, Glastonbury Festival, 29 June 2014

Orchestration: Dust (Jocelyn Pook), choreography by Akram Khan, English National Ballet, Barbican Theatre, 2 April 2014

Orchestration: 45RPM (orchestral version), Goldsmiths Sinfonia, Great Hall, Goldsmiths, 4 October 2013

Orchestration: In the Tube at Oxford Circus (Sir Arthur Bliss), Goldsmiths Sinfonia, Great Hall, Goldsmiths, 4 October 2013 

Orchestration: Sarabande (Will Gregory), BBC Concert Orchestra, cond. Charles Hazlewood, Roundhouse, London, 11 March 2013 (BBC Radio 3 tx: 11/3/13)

Hearing Voices (Jocelyn Pook), BBC Concert Orchestra, cond, Charles Hazlewood, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 3 December 2012 (BBC Radio tx: 3/12/12)

putting two and two together, Andrew Zolinsky (piano), Purcell Room, London, 11 May 2012

L’escalier en spirale, RNCM New Music Ensemble, cond. Andrew Gregory, Martin Harris Centre, Manchester, 7 March 2012

spinning and weaving, Katherine Lacy (solo bass clarinet), Ensemble 10/10, cond, Clark Rundell, Cornerstone, Liverpool, 25 January 2012

The Year 1812 (Tchaikovsky), ‘Scrapheap Orchestra’ (BBC Concert Orchestra), cond. Charles Hazlewood, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, 23 July  2011 (BBC Radio 3 tx: 23/7/11)

Orchestration: Piccard in Space (Will Gregory), BBC Concert Orchestra, cond. Charles Hazlewood, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 31 March 2011 (BBC Radio 3 tx: 13/4/11)

Orchestration: Polar (John Harle), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. John Harle, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 9 January 9 2011

The Passion of Joan of Arc (film by Carl Dreyer; music by Will Gregory & Adrian Utley, ensemble cond. Charles Hazlewood, Colston Hall, Bristol, 2 May 2010

Toccata, Canzona, Ricercare, Trinity College of Music Wind Orchestra, cond. Christopher Houlding, Blackheath Concert Halls, 28 January 2010

Kaira (trad. Mandinka melody), Manchester Camerata, cond. Jaime Martin, Royal Northern College of Music, 26 September 2009

listen…move…dance, Carlo Bowry (electric guitar), Ensemble 10/10, cond. Clark Rundell, Cornerstone, Liverpool, 6 March 2009

Araftu Beirut / Lianni Ahiya (Hiba Al-Kawas), Hiba Al-Kawas, Nieuw Ensemble, cond. Garry Walker, Cadogan Hall, 19 June 2008 (BBC Radio tx: 4/10/08)

L’escalier en spirale, Ensemble 10/10, cond. Clark Rundell, Cornerstone, Liverpool, 21 November 2007 (BBC Radio 3 tx. 8/12/2007)

Grants & awards

2012 Shortlisted for British Composer Awards, Chamber Music category, for spinning and weaving

2005 Winner, British Composer Awards, Wind and Brass category, for Toccata, Canzona, Ricercare

1994  Prix Italia, Premio Speciale for Radiophonic Music Programmes, for Monument

Sony Radio Awards, Bronze Award, for Monument


‘Coming Thro’ the Rye: a realisation of the compilation score for Cecil Hepworth’s 1928 film’, The Sounds of Early Cinema in Britain, Royal Holloway, University of London, 27 October 2010 

‘Scores in Early Sound Film as Sources for Silent Film Accompaniment Practices’, The Sounds of Early Cinema in Britain, Institute of Musical Research, London, 7-9 June 2009

Television and video output

Orchestrator, Pets Wild at Heart (music by Will Gregory), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC1, tx. early 2015

Orchestrator, Hockney (music by John Harle), feature documentary, Blakeway Productions/Fly Film Company, released 28 November 2014

Orchestrator, Penguins – Spy in the Huddle (music by Will Gregory), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC1, tx. 11–25/2/2013

Orchestrator, Lucian Freud – A Painted Life (music by John Harle), BBC2, tx. 18/2/12. (Winner of Royal Television Society Award, 2012, ‘Music: Original Score)

Orchestrator, Earthflight (music by Will Gregory & Steven Faux), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC1, tx. 29/12/11 – 29/1/12

Contributor, Consultant, Arranger, Scrapheap Orchestra, BBC4, tx. 15 December, 2011

Orchestrator, Swarms: Nature’s Incredible Invasions (music by Will Gregory). BBC1, tx. 4 - 11/1/09


See broadcasts of performances above.

Research interests

Music, Sound and the Moving Image; Film Music in Britain; Media Composition; Contemporary Composition; Musical Adaptation, Orchestration and Arrangement

Selected publications

Ed. Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, Vol. 7.1 (Spring 2013), LUP
Ed. Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, Vol. 5.2 (Autumn 2011), LUP
Ed. Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, Vol. 5.1 (Spring 2011), Liverpool University Press
Arranger: Conlon Nancarrow, Study No. 6, Schott Music GmbH & Co (2012)

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