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Ian Skelly

Ian has been a familiar voice on Radio 3 for the past 20 years. In that time he has presented nearly every programme on the station, covering everything from early music to cutting edge contemporary music.

He began making an impression with his many editions of Radio 3 Breakfast and In Tune and as a presenter of countless live concerts from all over the UK. He works regularly with all the BBC’s orchestras and many of the top international ones and each summer is one of the voices of the BBC Proms on Radio 3.

Born in Manchester, Ian grew up in west Lancashire before studying in Birmingham where he began his career with the BBC over 30 years ago at BBC Pebble Mill. He worked as a reporter in the Midlands and quickly moved into presentation, hosting daily news and current affairs shows, with occasional stints as a television reporter, on many of the BBC’s stations in the East and West Midlands before he headed to London where, after a couple of years training broadcasters in the full range of broadcast skills, he began working for Radio 3. Music has always been central to his life and Radio 3 had always been his ideal home.

He is also a published writer, one of his books, having been published internationally, attracted fan mail from an American President and a Dalai Lama. Back in the 1990s Ian became an award winning travel writer for The Observer and spent several years travelling extensively in that capacity and he is also an independent filmmaker. He has made short films in the UK, Canada, Egypt and Saudi Arabia and even spent a fascinating period in Hollywood. He has also written and produced documentaries on the arts and music for Radio’s 3, 4 and the BBC World Service and for NBC television in America.