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 (C) Myriam CawstonWorking across a smorgasbord of genres and styles, Scottish percussionist Ian Cape is fortunate to perform with some of the finest musicians and ensembles.

From June 2011, Ian has held the percussion chair at Les Miserablés (the world's longest running musical) in London's West End, following a successful tour with the re-orchestrated 25th Anniversary production.

Venturing forth from his darkened subterranean lair, Ian's working relationships across the musical spectrum include:

Orchestras throughout the UK (London Symphony; London Philharmonic; Royal Philharmonic; Royal Scottish National; the Hallé; BBC Concert, Symphony and Philharmonic; City of Birmingham Symphony; Bournemouth Symphony; Aurora; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; London Mozart Players, Royal Northern Sinfonia)

Music Theatre (Various shows) Theatre (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Dance (Rambert Ballet)

Commercial/Session Queen guitarist Brian May; singers Lemar, Alison Moyet, Lucie Silvas and Kerry Ellis; producer Jake Fior (Pete Doherty/Wolfman/The Thirst); guitarist John Idan (The Yardbirds); Noel's HQ for Sky 3; assorted TV/radio jingles and various film/library music/video game sessions.

Born in Edinburgh, Ian started his musical life by tapping on the pews in his local church. After years of pestering his long-suffering parents, he began studying drum kit aged 9, playing with several rock bands shortly thereafter.

Percussion lessons with Pam Dow culminated in a bursary to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where Ian began his chosen professional career as a freelance musician.

His musical endeavours have resulted in many memorable occasions, which include playing aeroplane engines in Bologna, tom-toms (instead of timps) in Damascus, and the vacuum cleaner, dressed as a budding housewife.

Ian uses Vater sticks, Aquarian Drumheads and Puretone in-ear monitors.

In his spare time, Ian enjoys hiking, climbing, learning Swedish and cooking.  He is married to timpanist/percussionist Erika Öhman, and splits his time between London and Cheshire.