Dorian Ford

Dorian Ford started playing jazz in his early teens when he began regular attendance at a weekly workshop led by trumpeter, composer, broadcaster and music writer Ian Carr.

Playing alongside many musicians who went on to form the backbone of the London jazz renaissance of the 1980's, he won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he received the prestigious Chick Corea Jazz Masters Award. Piano studies were with Donald Brown, a regular in Art Blakey's band at the time.

Dorian's commitment to the craft and tradition of piano playing has led to extensive classical training with eminent teachers; Stephany Tiernan (USA), Anne Shasby and Katherina Wolpe, and master classes with Gweneth Pryor, John Tilbury, Brenda Lucas-Ogden and Simon Nichols.

In Mrs Henderson Presents, Dorian was presented with the challenge of recreating the sound of British jazz piano as heard at the Windmill Theatre circa 1930s. His live piano takes can be heard throughout the film.

Alongside music, acting has always been a part of Dorian's life. Coming from a theatrical family, it was a small leap to the screen, with major roles in BBC productions. He played Prince Edward to Ron Cook's Richard III in Jane Howell's production; the title role, Jude in Lesley Bruce's BBC Play For Today, opposite Rachel Kempson, James Laurenson and Gabriella Lloyd.