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Ian Venables (b1955)

Ian Venables was born in Liverpool in 1955 and was educated at Liverpool Collegiate Grammar School. He studied music with Richard Arnell at Trinity College of Music, London and later with Andrew Downes, John Mayer and John Joubert in Birmingham. His compositions encompass many genres, and in particular he has added significantly to the canon of English art-song. Described as ‘…one of the finest song composers of his generation…’, he has written over fifty works in this genre, which includes six major song-cycles, Venetian Songs – Love’s Voice, Op. 22 (1995); Invite to Eternity, Op. 31, for tenor and string quartet (1997); Songs of Eternity and Sorrow, Op. 36, for tenor, string quartet and piano (2004); On the Wings of Love, Op. 38, for tenor, clarinet and piano (2006); The Pine Boughs Past Music, Op. 39, for baritone and piano (2009) and Remember This, Op. 40 – A Cantata for soprano, tenor, string quartet, and piano (2010). Other songs for solo voice and piano include, Two Songs, Op. 28 (1997), and Six Songs, Op. 33 (1999–2003), as well as ‘A Dramatic Scena’ for counter-tenor and piano – At the Court of the poisoned Rose, Op. 20 (1994). His songs have been performed by national and internationally acclaimed artists that include Andrew Kennedy, Roderick Williams, Patricia Rozario, Ian Partridge, Howard Wong, Nathan Vale, Peter Wilman and Nicholas Mulroy. His many chamber works include a Piano




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