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Ian Baar

Vocal Tutor

TENOR

TEACHER OF SINGING

Tel: 07967166994

Email: i.baar@chi.ac.uk

Ian Baar enjoyed a very successful career as a child singer, making many TV appearances and recordings. He then studied singing with Lynne Wayman and went on to study singing at the Royal Northern College of Music and afterwards with Norman Bailey, Rudolf Piernay and Bruno Wyzui in Paris.

He has worked under the direction of Jonathan Miller, Graham Vick, Richard Jones and Nicholas Hytner and performed extensively with British Youth Opera, Musica nel Chiostro (Italy), L’Opera de Nancy, Creteille Opera House, Paris Opera (France), Opera de Rhin (Strasbourg), Kent Opera, Wexford International Opera Festival, Dublin Grand Opera, Scottish Opera, English National Opera, The Old Vic Theatre (London),  Adolina Patti’s Theatre ‘Craig y Nos’ (Wales), The Royal Albert Hall, and gave a royal performance of Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’  as Puck.

He performed in Berstein’s ‘Candide’, which won the 1988 Laurence Olivier Award for best musical and in many musicals in the West End including Ken Hill’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’.

Ian was in constant demand for the concert platform, Oratorio and many TV and Radio programmes. His broadcasting experiences include RTE Radio and TV,  BBC TV, Radio 1, Radio 3 and Radio 4, Thames Television, South London TV,  BBC Wales TV, Radio Wales, S4C Wales TV,  Harlech TV, Harlech Digital TV,  Radio Denia and Surrey Radio.

Ian was Mentor for the TV series ‘Llais i Gymru’ and for many years he has held a considerable reputation as a singing teacher giving lessons, master classes and workshops internationally. He has trained many of the successful singers of today and continues to do so, including soloists for major International Opera Companies and West End Musicals including Buddy, Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera, Rent, My Fair Lady, Cats, The Lion King, Bombay Dreams, Jerry Springer, Miss Saigon, Blood Brothers, King, Five Guys Named Mo, The Rocky Horror Show, Showboat, Carmen Jones, Porgy & Bess, Bat Boy, Mary Popins, Mama Mia, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Evita, Jersey Boys, The Lord of the Ring, Avenue Q, Wicked, The Sound of Music, We Will Rock You, Fiddler on the Roof, Bad Girls, Hairspray, Cabaret, Chicago, Joseph, Parade, Imagine This, Oliver, Carousel, Spring Awakening, La Cage Aux Folles, Priscilla, Legally Blond, Hair, Naked Boys Sing, Sister Act, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Shreck, Flash Dance and Ghost.

He has also taught at the Altrincham School of Performance, The Sylvia Young School of Theatre and was Senior Tutor for the Summer Music School for many years. In 1995 he launched the Tenor Cortis International Course of Vocal Technique and Interpretation in Denia, Spain  and in 1998 The Cours d’Art Lyrique et Chant for Les Amis du Mesnil, St Martin and also adjudicates many major competitions including the International and the National Eisteddfod in Wales. He was appointed as Vocal Consultant for Surrey Opera for five years, Arte Opera Company in Spain for ten years and Pineapple Agency for eight years. He also assessed the Musical Theatre Course and the teaching in Porto, Portugal. Ian was Head of Singing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts for four years, Associate Director for APS for 2010, Senior Counselling Singing Teacher at MGA Academy of Performing Arts, Edinburgh, Singing Teacher at Knightswood, Scotland School of Dance. Senior Vocal Consultant for The Theatre Workshop Brighton and is currently appointed as Associate Lecturer of Singing, Assessor, Singing Specialist for intake auditions and Vocal Health consultant at the University of Chichester as well as maintaining his private teaching practise in London.