Fermata Festival

Ian Storey – tenor

Ian Storey

Ian Storey is a renowned Opera singer who includes in his extensive repertoire the leading tenor roles in Otello, Tristan und Isolde, Peter Grimes, Pikovaya Dama, Turandot, Fidelio, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Boris Godunov, Samson et Dalila and Salome. He performs in prestigious houses throughout the world including La Scala in Milan, San Francisco, Berlin, Madrid, Los Angeles, Barcelona. He has recorded on CD and DVD. Ian originally trained in design, cabinetmaking and woodturning, he holds a BA (Hons) in design from Loughborough University, who also awarded him DLitt “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Opera”. Due to Covid cancellations, he recommissioned his workshop in January this year. Ian enjoys the challenge of turning difficult and interesting pieces of wood such as those on display in this exhibition and will soon begin making furniture he has recently designed.

What has creating art meant to you over the last year?

Put simply, I love making things and it keeps me focussed, level-headed and sane.
One thing that has become obvious to me is the similarity between my two worlds of creativity. Different medium, but identical processes from the honing of technique through to the realisation of an idea.

I sing songs and I make stuff.

Australian Brown Mallee Burr Bowl with small bushfire scorch mark


280 x 260 x 45mm



English Yew live edge form with voids

Wood – Yew

220 x 145mm hollowed to 185mm deep



English Yew live edge form highlighting under-bark texture

Wood – Yew

195 x 125mm with 140 x 40mm hole



English Yew live edge bowl with spalting

Wood – Yew

185 x 100mm


African Leadwood bowl


245 x 50mm