THIS IS IAN DEARDEN

Discover the people behind the music in our quick-fire Q&As.

This month, Ian Dearden takes on our questions in the lead up to the London Sinfonietta’s performance of An Index of Metals by Fausto Romitelli on Wednesday 8 October at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Together with David Sheppard, Ian forms part of Sound Intermedia – dedicated to realising visionary new art works through live performance and cutting-edge technology. Find out more about Sound Intermedia here and book tickets for An Index of Metals here.

THIS IS IAN DEARDEN

Ian Dearden

What do you regard as your greatest musical achievement?

Realising I was not a composer and stopping.

What is your greatest fear?

Working at height.

How many instruments can you play and which is your favourite?

I don’t play any more.

What’s currently on your coffee table at home?

Latest edition of Private Eye, TV remote, iPad, wine glass stains.

What was the first recording you ever bought?

Halle Orchestra/James Loughran – The Planets by Holst.

What’s the most unusual instrumental set up you’ve ever worked with?

A string quartet in helicopters flying over Birmingham.

If you could have any other profession, what would it be?

National Park Warden

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

Electro acoustic composer Denis Smalley.

Tell us your best musical joke.

Why did the orchestra have such bad manners?

It didn’t know how to conduct itself.

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