Ian Calow graduated from the University of Birmingham where he studied composition with Vic Hoyland achieving a first in that area of study. He has undertaken many commissions and received accolades for his arrangements and compositions since he began writing music for his college brass ensemble. Whilst at college, Ian also worked extensively with the Brass department of Leicestershire Arts in Education and contributed to their 60th anniversary celebrations in 2008 with a commission for the Symphonic Wind Orchestra.

Ian achieved considerable success with his compositions during his years at the University of Birmingham, with work performed ranging from symphonic works to chamber ensemble pieces. In his final year, his work Repercussions was selected by John Joubert for the University of Birmingham Composition Prize. Composed as his final year project, his chamber work Fragments was subsequently rehearsed and recorded by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Now a regular orchestrator as well, Ian’s clients have included the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic with notable projects including a Carl Davis silent movie competition and tributes to Bollywood legend RD Burman. The latter was also performed live on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night and the BBC Asian Network.


With a varied style of writing, Ian’s compositions have been used for a variety of occasions from DVD titles to theatre and ballet as well as concert performance and celebratory events. Contact Ian if you wish to discuss a commission. See a selection of his works above.


An experienced orchestrator and arranger, Ian is familiar with a wide variety of instrumentations including brass ensembles, jazz bands and the full orchestra. Although specialising mainly in instrumental classical music, his other styles vary from choral to big band. Clients have included various brass ensembles as well as professional orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic.


Also a skilful copyist, Ian is familiar with a range of computer programmes to produce clear, professionally presented scores. Printing and comb binding is included in the price to create secure, easy to use booklets, but other formats can be accommodated.