Iain Masson HonBC, community musician, works hard to find solutions to challenges in the modern community music landscape today.
From town and village halls to boat sheds, civic squares, football stadiums, historic castles, churches, shopping centres and national parks to bandstands, community centres, schools and residential care homes, Iain has helped transform communities through action in music - as a player, conductor and community musician.
He has conducted music groups including The People's Orchestra, the New Streetly Youth Orchestra, the West Midlands Concert Band, rural band the Alveley Village Band and many more groups.
With the City of Birmingham Brass Band described as 'the dark horse' band in the 2015 Midland Area Brass Band Championships at their competitive level, brass website 4barsrest.com said of Iain, 'Some very animated conducting from the MD, he certainly knows what he wanted out of his band'.
Iain led the band from near-bottom of the table to second from the top of their gradings table as a conductor as the runner-up candidate of the 2014 conducting auditions, in place of Colin Herbert.
Iain was taught by Dr. Thomas Simaku, Prof. John Mayer and Prof. Adam Gorb at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Northern College of Music. He learned conducting privately with generous help from the brass band conductor Richard Evans, with a great deal of additional support in music from Michael Robertson.
Iain won the RNCM Alan Rawsthorne Composition Prize in 2005. He was proudly awarded the Dr Kenneth Browne Memorial Award for Citizenship in his hometown of Carnoustie in Scotland presented by Angus Council.
In 2014, the Brodsky Quartet gave a repeat performance of his 'Three Pieces for String Quartet' at King's Place London in their 'Il sogno and other gems'.
He was awarded Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire (HonBC) in 2015 for services to the music profession in the 10 years following graduation.
Iain is MU member no. 484218.
Some places Iain's music has been played:
- The Regent Hall, London
- Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
- Brighton Corn Exchange, Brighton
- The Oakengates Theatre, Telford
- Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham
- Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall
- Birmingham Conservatoire New Lecture Theatre
- Lord Rhodes Room, Manchester
- Forfar Reid Hall, Scotland
- The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall | Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, Manchester
- Hall 5 | International Convention Centre, Birmingham
- BBC Broadcasting House, BBC Radio 3, London
- Brodsky Quartet Tour of Australia, Sydney
- Cusanus-Gymnasium Erkelenz, Europaschule, Germany
- Birmingham Conservatoire Tour of the Ukraine
- Royal Swedish National Opera (Kungliga Operan), Stockholm
- RNCM Concert Hall | Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
- The Italian Culture Institute, Stockholm
- Hall One | King's Place, London