IAN McMILLAN – Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
During music studies at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and private study and assisting West End Music Directors, Sandy Faris,
In fact, he made theatrical history by being the 'youngest ever' Musical Director to make a his debut, when aged 24, he took over the baton for the London Palladium production of the MGM stage adaptation of
This was immediately followed by a decade of shows in the West End, the highlight of which was working with the Hollywood legend with the 'legs insured for a million dollars’ - Cyd Charrise, in Harold Fielding’s spectacular revival of the 60's musical, Charlie Girl, also starring Dora Bryan,
In 2000, Ian was invited by Sir Cameron Mackintosh to musically direct his revival of Oliver!, which also gave Ian the opportunity to work closely with showbiz icon, Lionel Bart, Russ Abbott and Gary Wilmot as Fagin.
Ian’s specialist knowledge and expertise in Musicals, result in invitations to conduct broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 with The BBC Radio Orchestra in
Ian has also been a Guest conductor for Royal Variety Shows for BBC TV, and numerous Telethons for Sky & Thames TV.
As Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of The London Pops Orchestra and Singers for 30 years, Ian enjoys programming, conducting and presenting their varied and popular concerts of Music from Stage & Screen worldwide, including several appearances at London’s Royal Albert Hall,
Ian was Music Director for Bond Girl, Honor Blackman’s one women shows, and together they have presented them worldwide over the last five years.
Reflecting his passion and lifelong commitment to Operetta, Ian was Music Associate for the Brent Walker/BBC2 Video series of The Gilbert and Sullivan and Offenbach Operettas filmed at Shepperton Studios, with Opera Singers and TV stars in the 1980's accompanied by The London Symphony Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus. They have recently been re issued on DVD, and feature regularly on Sky Arts TV.
In 2002, Ian was invited to revive The Carl Rosa Opera Company, and spent three years touring internationally and conducting over 1.000 performances of The Mikado, Iolanthe, The Yeoman of The Guard, and Die Fledermaus to critical acclaim.
In 2005, Ian formed The London Operetta Company, who specialise in presenting Gilbert & Sullivan For Fun performances with the audience as the chorus! (www.gands4u.net )
Ian now presents and conducts his entertaining mix of Music from Stage & Screen with many UK & International Orchestra’s including The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Bournemouth Symphony,
Star Singers and Guest Presenters include the following, although
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