PROFILE: Ian Skelly

TV & Radio Broadcaster and Writer

Broadcaster and Presenter

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.

He works regularly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras on stage at the Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall and in Manchester and introduces live concerts by the BBC Singers at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge.

He also anchors Radio 3’s live relays from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Advisor and Speech writer for HRH the Prince of Wales

Ian has known HRH The Prince of Wales for over a decade, helping the Prince to articulate the detail of his philosophy and explain how it works in practice across a wide range of disciplines. He has made a series of short films about 15 of Prince’s charities which appear on the Huffington Post website and the Prince’s own website, and he continues to work on many speeches and lectures given by the Prince around the world. Highlights include the Dimbleby Lecture for the BBC, given by the Prince at St James’s Palace in London and broadcast on national BBC Television


He worked closely with The Prince of Wales to write their book Harmony, co-authored with environmentalist, Tony Juniper. Harmony was published by Harper Collins in the US, the UK and many other countries in October 2010. The book complements the film, also called Harmony, for which Ian was script writer, advisor and associate producer on behalf of the Prince of Wales. The film was screened across America by NBC and the full 90 minute documentary was premiered by Robert Redford at his Sundance Festival. 

He is also a published writer himself with one of his books having been published internationally. The book attracted fan mail from an American President and the 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.

Filmmaker and photographer

Ian has 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. He has made short films in the UK, Canada, Egypt and Saudi Arabia and even spent a fascinating period in Hollywood.

He also makes short films for specific outlets and is an occasional portrait photographer, working mainly in the arts, has taken photographs at the National Theatre and at Royal residences and his pictures have been published in arts periodicals and various magazines and catalogues. See a selection of his recent work on Flikr.

Talk – The Prince and His Principles

From his work with The Prince of Wales Ian has created a fast moving stage show, richly illustrated with excerpts of film, animated screen sequences and colourful pictures explaining the principles behind the ideas The Prince of Wales has championed for the past thirty or so years. There are few who understand them more precisely than Ian. 

Ian gives this talk with the Prince’s blessing and with his behind the scenes insights he explores everything from the Prince’s concerns about food production to the way we build our towns. The Prince even appears on screen himself with overviews, in exclusive footage filmed by Ian at the Prince’s Scottish home on the Balmoral Estate.

The show is ideal for literary and arts festivals. Ian has taken it on a tour of East coast America, delivering it in Washington DC, Yale and Maddison Square Garden in New York and at a conference in Louisville, Kentucky, which was inspired by the book and called The Health and Harmony Initiative. The Prince also attended. Ian has presented his lecture at some of London’s most notable venues including King’s Place and The Royal Geographical Society. It is pitched very much at the general audience and aims to be as entertaining as it is informative, with plenty of stories from Ian’s many years working closely with the heir to the British throne. 

For more information contact David Foster

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