Pictured here at the Mulholland Organ - Ulster Hall Belfast.
Made his first public appearance at the age of 5, made his professional debut at the age of 11, and has been working as a freelance multi-instrumentalist, composer, conductor and adjudicator ever since.
The breadth of his performing experience is considerable. He has played the clarinet with the N.I Light Orchestra; the saxophone with the Humphrey Lyttleton Jazz Band, the piano with the Ulster Orchestra (most recently in "Friday Night is Music Night") and features in many recordings of all kinds of music, including Jazz, Country And Western, Gospel and has three solo albums to his credit. He is also a featured saxophonist in the chart-topping "Jive Bunny" album.
Much of his composing is for the BBC and includes writing signature tunes and background music for programmes - his most recent commission was composing signature tune and background music for a documentary on Ian Paisley for BBC Television. His "Irish Rhapsody" for accordion orchestra has been published by Hohner. In 1997 Ballymena Borough Council commissioned him to write "The City Of The Seven Towers" to launch its Arts Festival. In 2001 he was appointed Composer in Residence by the Ballymena District Partnership - this resulted in "Harmony" a work for Choirs, Orchestra and Soloists. If you go to the Ulster Folk Museum, visit the cinema there where you will hear specially commissioned piano music in the period style to accompany the Charlie Chaplin Films.
Ivan is widely experienced as an examiner and adjudicator. He was a chief examiner for C. S.E. music in Northern Ireland, and examined both "O" and "A" level music for that board. He is the only British adjudicator ever to officiate at the Coupe Mondiale and he has regularly adjudicated at the National Accordion Orchestra (NAO) championships and at vocal and instrumental classes at festivals throughout Britain. he has recently examined final year degree students for the Royal Irish Accademy in Dublin.
click to stop music ~ Banbridge Town - specially arranged by Ivan and performed on various Roland synthesisers and sequencers.