After studies at Cambridge and in Amsterdam and an early career in cathedral music, Ian Shaw was a repetiteur at Scottish Opera from 1997 until 2008. During this time, he was responsible for many piano-accompanied tours all over Scotland – and, on one occasion, Bermuda. Other companies for whom he has worked include BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, Northern Ballet Theatre, D’Oyly Carte Opera, European Chamber Opera, Crystal Clear Opera and Dorset Opera.
Since returning to London, he was worked with English National Opera, as a coach with British Youth Opera and the National Opera Studio and with many choirs, including the Bach Choir and the BBC Singers. Outside London he has been involved with a number of productions for Music Theatre Wales as well as Nationale Reisopera in the Netherlands, the Hezarfen Ensemble in Istanbul and the Calabash Foundation in Trinidad.
Away from music, he recently gained a Masters degree at Goldsmiths College, his research interests including the evolution of Black Theatre in the UK and the value of stand-up comedy in prison. Compositions include a song cycle for Rebecca Bottone, A Breath of Nothing, and choral commissions from St John’s College, Cambridge and Magdalen College, Oxford. His work has been described as “redoubtable” by The Scotsman and “sometimes amusing” by the Dean of Durham.