Ian Skelly loves music. A long time ago he discovered that it contains the wisdom of the world, so he listens devoutly.
Ian has been a presenter with Radio 3 for nearly 20 years. In that time he has presented programmes from the start of the day to the end of it and is just as familiar as one of the station's newsreaders. He introduces live concerts from around the country, presents Breakfast and anchors the evenings on Radio 3. He began his career with the BBC as a reporter and presented news and current affairs programmes for BBC Local Radio and Regional Television in the Midlands, grilling of big named politicians, taking the controls of every conceivable kind of flying machine and talking to a stream of actors, musicians and writers. That all led eventually to a move to London and to Radio 3. Since that time he has also made documentaries for the station, for Radio 4 and the World Service and has been a travel writer for the Observer newspaper. He is also a film maker. He was the writer on a recent film made in Hollywood, shown across America and also, at the express wish of Robert Redford, at the first London Sundance Festival. Ian is a full time writer and has worked closely for a decade with HRH The Prince of Wales helping him to articulate the detail of his initiatives. They have written a book together, Harmony, which was published internationally in 2010.