Robert Sargant, Syllabus Manager ABRSM on Music works setting organ sight-reading tests to a tight deadline:
Thanks so much for this ultra-speedy work - much appreciated.
Great job Ian - thanks much.
Stuart Mitchell composer of Seven Wonders suite for Orchestra
... you really do have the eye of an eagle.
Gerrit Nulens, PM Europe
"I am extremely pleased with your work and you are certainly the best copyist I've ever worked with."
From his blog on soundadventures.lso.co.uk: I have now just sent my score off to the copyist [Ian Phillips-Kerr]; the usual barrage of questions not an hour later ensures me that he is in his usual shape of brutal scrutiny and I am still on my learning curve with good ol' Sibelius software.
(referring to Ian hand delivering scores and instrumental parts that had gone astray in the post) “You’re a great star, Ian. I can’t thank you enough”.
Nebojša Jovan Živković, composer, percussion soloist:
‘The fastest engraver on the planet.’
‘Ian’s work is thorough, accurate and thoughtful. He works quickly, even at short notice, and can be relied upon to be supportive and helpful.’
'Ian Phillips-Kerr worked on a major orchestral and choral commission in March 2000 with exemplary craftsmanship; due to his conscientious professionalism, the project was a major success and his work was commented upon by Sir Thomas Allen, orchestra and chorus alike. We would have every confidence in employing Ian again for any such activity and strongly recommend him to others.'
Jacques Bailhé, composer and film producer, Los Angeles:
‘Not just a copyist. A creative partner. Ian’s notation is excellent, but even better, he worked to understand the music and helped tremendously with how things could best be written to get the effects I wanted. I’m in Los Angeles. He’s in England. No problem. We e-mailed the score back and forth daily. What began as a very messy midi file is now a beautiful score.’
‘In recent years Music works has regularly supplied sheet music for the LSO’s education concerts organised by LSO Discovery and has created audio examples for the LSO web site. Music works consistently provides an efficient service of the highest quality.’
David Liddle, composer, organist and pianist:
‘Having completed several of my often demanding and unconventional piano and organ pieces Music works and I have built up a superbly efficient production method. These scores have been scrutinised and admired by many professional musicians including the eminent critic Felix Aprahamian. Ian Phillips-Kerr has proved to be diligent and adaptable in dealing with music dictated from my original Braille: as a musician’s musician he gives top value!’