IAN W. BEVELL
Born in the UK, of Scottish ancestry in 1970, Ian William Bevell GRSM (Hons) LRAM (Organ Teacher) is an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music, London, UK. He studied the organ with Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, and Church Music studies including choral conducting with Patrick Russell. He was awarded the Lady Wallace Budge Prize for organ improvisation in 1989. Ian has a wide ranging knowledge of Organ and Choral repertoire, as well as Church music of many styles.
After an eighteen year career in teaching, Ian decided to emigrate to Canada in 2009, gaining Canadian citizenship in 2015.
Over a church music career spanning nearly 30 years, Ian’s approach to choral composition has been to compose for choirs of all sizes and abilities. This includes music for children’s and Parish church choirs, all the way through to Cathedral-style choirs. Ian enjoys creating music that is written in an abundance of styles and for a wide range of abilities; not only in English and Latin, but occasionally in other languages as well.
For the Beauty of the Earth
by Ian W. Bevell
SATB with organ or piano – KH 031 – duration 3:15
Pierpoint was 29 when he wrote this poem; he was mesmerized by the beauty of the countryside that surrounded him. Ian has created an anthem to the text in antiphonal style – approachable and deeply meaningful with undulating arpeggios in the keyboard accompaniment.
There is a Green Hill Far Away
by Ian W. Bevell
SATB with organ or piano – KH 097 – duration 2:10
This beautiful anthem is ideal for the Lent Season or any time of year. Sweet spot vocal registers and intuitive voice leading will help the singers to progress beyond “dots on a page” quickly and bring the poignant text to life. Singers and listeners will be encouraged and edified by the positive message.