Growing up in the Nottingham and Derby area, Ian Blythe is an accomplished keyboard player, composer and choral arranger. His love of music and his songwriting work is combined with a busy corporate career in pharmaceuticals. He has shared a musical partnership with Phil Baggaley stretching back to their early childhood, when they both played in brass bands together.

His later collaborations with Phil, Adrian Plass and David Clifton resulted in the writing of the City Of Gold album,  and the subsequent series of recordings. Ian was choir director and arranger for the City Of Gold concert series, as well choir director and conductor for the Shipwrecks And Islands tour.