|Type of post:||Chorus news item|
|Posted By:||Paul Searson|
|Date Posted:||Mon, 6 Jul 2020|
|(Image courtesy of Long Eaton Rotary Club)
After completing a number of degrees in both science and engineering Ian started out his working life as an engineer but answered the call to full time ministry and so then spent three years at theological college.
Ian served for thirty-five years with distinction as Rector of Stanton-by-Dale in Derbyshire. He was also Rural Dean of Erewash for fifteen years and an Honorary Canon of Derby Cathedral. After his retiral he was Canon Emeritus and Additional Chaplain at Derby Cathedral.
An ex-member of General Synod of Church of England, Ian was a Trustee of the Church of England Pensions Board until his death. Since 1988 had also been Chair of the UK Christian Broadcasting Council Trustee Board
He joined Grand Central Chorus in October 2012 and so was one of the newer members who travelled with the Chorus to Toronto in July 2013 when we represented BABS in the BHS International Chorus competition. Apart from singing as a member of the lead section, Ian was soon elected to the post of Chorus Secretary and served in this key role for several years with his usual calm efficiency. He also took responsibility to source and book our weekly rehearsal venues.
Ian was a real ‘people person’ with great networking skills that he put to full use during his time in GCC. His wide range of contacts would regularly swell our concerts, introducing many local civic dignitaries to barbershop.
As someone totally relaxed in the art of public speaking, Ian often acted as a ‘scene setter’ during chorus shows. Most memorably, with everyone remaining in character throughout the nine-minute performance, he delivered the innovative but thought-provoking ‘link words’ between our first and second contest songs during our silver medal-winning 2016 BABS ‘Scarecrow’ performance in Harrogate.
Ian was married to Kathleen, with three married children and eleven grandchildren. Apart from his family, he also had a wide range of outside interests - as well as singing with Grand Central Chorus, he was a long term season ticket holder at Leicester Tigers and was this year’s President of the Rotary Club of Long Eaton.
His untimely death on 23 June after a long illness has resulted in numerous messages and memories from so many chorus members both past and present who had been privileged to know him. May you Rest in Peace Ian.
Nelson Blackley, Keith Harding and Alan Goldsmith - Grand Central Chorus
In normal circumstances, the chorus would attend and sing at the funeral of one of our members to pay our final respects. Sadly, with the current COVID-19 restrictions, that wasn't posssible for Ian's funeral, so chorus members were asked to record their individual parts to Irish Blessing as a personal tribute to Ian, and Richard Curtis mixed these into a virtual chorus recording. The recording was played at Ian's funeral as his coffin was carried into the church. Mike Houghton subsequently created a video presentation to accompany the recording: click here to view the Irish Blessing video.