Iain Masson (born Dundee, 1981) is a freelance professional musician and graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Northern College of Music. He is the Musical Director of the City of Birmingham Brass Band. He grew up in Carnoustie, Scotland. The grandson of World Champion Blacksmith David Wilson BEM - a family tradition of metalwork dating back to 1813 - Iain opted for a baton instead of a hammer and his younger cousin continues the family trade!
He is a former Eb Bass player (tuba) with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, BBb Bass with Arbroath Instrumental Band and was a member of Carnoustie Wind Band. At age 16, he became the Resident Pianist at the Swallow Hotel, Dundee and at 21 was appointed Resident Pianist at Bar Epernay at the Mailbox, Birmingham. At 25 he was appointed Musical Director of the Alveley Band, spending 8 and a half years (and 11 and a half years as a visiting conductor) working with the players creating a refreshed band of around 50 seniors in rural Shropshire which appeared on ITV1 and received its first standing ovation in 2013!
Iain has worked as a conductor of orchestras and bands including The People's Orchestra, Birmingham Concert Orchestra, Royal Spa Brass, Bedworth Orchestra, West Midlands Concert Band and New Streetly Youth Orchestra and was a director of the Birmingham Conservatoire Composer's Ensemble.
He has a Bachelor of Music Degree (Honours) in Composition having studied composition with John Mayer and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Composition with Merit under Adam Gorb's guidance. In 2005, he gained Distinction in his Musical Direction examination at the Royal Northern College of Music with a panel mark of 95%.
His compositions have been played on BBC Radio 3, broadcast live from BBC Broadcasting House and in venues including the Kungliga Operan, Regent Hall London, Brighton Corn Exchange, the Bridgewater Hall, RNCM Concert Hall and Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall, as well as international performances in Sydney, Sweden and the Ukraine. Iain was the winner of the RNCM Alan Rawsthorne Composition Prize 2005. His music was performed by the Brodsky Quartet at King's Place London in December 2013.
Iain was the proud recipient of the Dr Kenneth Browne Memorial Award for Citizenship in 1999.
He was trained in music by Michael Robertson and Richard Evans.
Iain is Musician's Union member 484218.
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'Outstanding communication with the orchestra, brilliant technique, excellent knowledge of the score'- RNCM conducting panel