Ivan studied Music at Goldsmiths College and the Royal Academy of Music. He has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, musical director and teacher.

Ivan was the Musical Director at Wisbech and March Operatic Societies and for in-house productions at Wisbech's Angles Theatre. He helped to produce over fifty shows between 1995 -2007.

Ivan has developed a strong interest in jazz and has accompanied and promoted such visiting jazz artists as Don Rendell, Harry Beckett, Peter King, Tina May and Alan Barnes. He is a widely sought after performer by Orchestras and bands throughout the Eastern Region.