IAN is an accomplished and long-time composer, arranger, score editor and workshop leader. Much of his work is inspired by Ireland’s great musical tradition. This may explain why he was so taken by 'Calm the Soul' when we first brought it to his attention, and why he wrote the arrangement which has become the basis for the recording. He travelled to Galway during the summer to record us and our brother Franciscans singing the third verse of the song.
Over the past 10 years Ian has travelled throughout Ireland, Great Britain, Spain and the United States as a concert performer, workshop speaker, and retreat leader in the areas of liturgical music, liturgy and prayer. Without Ian’s expertise and enthusiasm, Calm the Soul would not have been possible.
Read about Ian's music collaborators here:
God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.
Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.
Bl John Henry Newman