Ian le Grice
Ian le Grice’s career embraces all aspects of organ playing: concerto performances, solo recitals, recitals with singers and instrumentalists, continuo playing, orchestral work, and the accompaniment of church services. He is Organist of Reigate St Mary’s Choir School, Musical Associate of the English Arts Chorale, and accompanist to the St Cecilia Chorus and Croydon Philharmonic Choir, of which he is also a Vice President. He has recently retired from the Temple Church where he was Assistant Organist for thirty years.
His long association with the Temple Church began when he joined the choir as a treble in 1957. He went on to assist Sir George Thalben-Ball, playing the organ for recordings, broadcasts, concerts and services with the Temple Church Choir until 1982 when Dr John Birch succeeded Sir George and Ian le Grice was appointed Assistant Organist. He continued in this position with the two succeeding Directors of Music, Stephen Layton and James Vivian, and in 2003 played for the premiere of Sir John Tavener’s seven-hour long work, 'The Veil of the Temple', under the direction of Stephen Layton.
Ian le Grice continues to be in demand as a soloist and accompanist, and since 2005 has collaborated with Crispian Steele-Perkins to present informal recitals of music for trumpet and organ.