|Ian Lawson was born in Liverpool in 1955 and brought up in Wrexham, North Wales. He is, however, of mixed Scottish and Welsh descent. On his Welsh side he is related to the composer Grace Williams.|
Ian studied music and composition at Cardiff University with Alun Hoddinott, and his first acknowledged pieces come from this time, including a sonata for flute and piano which has recently been revived and recorded, and has become a popular choice with conservatoire flute students.
After university Ian formed a music production partnership with fellow postgraduate Ben Heneghan. The partnership of Heneghan & Lawson specializes in composing and producing music for film and television, and is still going strong after thirty years. The partnership has had particular success in the field of animation, and credits include: Fireman Sam (BBC/S4C), The Little Engine that Could (Universal Pictures), The Legend of Lochnagar (STV - Featuring HRH Prince Charles), Hilltop Hospital (ITV) and Zoo Factor (BBC).
more information can be found at. www.heneghanandlawson.com.
Well as his work with Heneghan and Lawson Ian has also continued to compose for the concert hall. A list of key works can be seen on the right.
Other activities include writing and performing jazz music with the Cardiff-based sextet Miles Behind, and writing and performing pop music with Ben Heneghan for The Boo-Hooray theory.
Heneghan and Lawson also own a recording studio run by Ian’s son Andrew, who also operates a location recording service.
The Great Little Trains of Wales (25')
Composed jointly with Ben Heneghan and performed by the Halle Orchestra and the BBC NOW.
Overland to the Sea (9')
first performed by the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera.
Ghost Train (11')
Released by Chandos records
Celtic Fanfares (30')
4 mvts released by Chandos records.
Vocal and choral music
The Tree Calendar (56')
A song cycle for mezzo, string quartet and piano. This has been recorded by Katherine Allen for future CD release.
Miscellaneous a cappella choral works many of which have been recorded by Cantemus Chamber Choir Wales on a CD called The Contingent World. Available from: www.welshcontemporary.com
Recent Chamber music
(for flute, viola and harp) (18 mins) Commissioned by Sarah Broder and first performed at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
(for alto saxophone and harp) (21 mins) recorded by Lara James and Hugh Webb for forthcoming CD release.
Sonata for Violin and Piano
scheduled to be recorded by Matthew Jones and Michael Hampton.
The Glittering Plain
(16 mins) Alto sax, string quartet, piano, jazz bass, and jazz drum kit) a classical/jazz crossover piece commissioned by Lara James for her second CD album to be released by Signum Classics early next year.