As part of The Full English learning programme, Ian Stephenson was commissioned to write a piece for the Opera North Community Chorus. Opera North was the Yorkshire cultural partner, and is based in Leeds. Ian chose to work with Three Ravens, which he sourced from the collection of Frank Kidson, the Leeds based folk song collector featured in The Full English project.
You can freely download the score, piano reduction and parts for Three Ravens by clicking on the PDF tab at the top of this panel.
Ian also worked a Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, Durham and wrote 4 pieces for their ensembles. The scores for these are also available at www.efdss.org/resourcebank.
Ian Stephenson is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Selby in North Yorkshire. Since winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 1999 he has become a respected regular at folk festivals around the world, performing with bands such as Kan, 422 and Baltic Crossing. As well as performing internationally, Ian has been a regular tutor at Folkworks Summer Schools for the last 10 years, this year becoming director of the Youth Summer School. Since graduating with a Folk and Traditional music degree in 2005, he now teaches contemporary compositional techniques, instrumental lessons and music skills at Newcastle University. Most recently Ian has been been very productive, having had several commissions to write pieces for choirs, orchestras and Kathryn Tickell's new ensemble The Side. His latest choral piece "On Another's Sorrow" was included as part of BBC Choir of the Year competition 2014.
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