Iain Masson conductor
Iain Masson has held conducting positions with a variety of music groups and ensembles around the West Midlands.
At age 18, Iain became the Principal Conductor of the New Streetly Youth Orchestra, Sutton Coldfield's leading independent youth orchestra. This was followed by an apprenticeship as Assistant Conductor of Birmingham Concert Orchestra under the watch of Conductor, Dr. Roy S. Lehrle. Iain later worked for two separate seasons as a Conductor of Bedworth Symphony Orchestra in North Warwickshire conducting his first concerts working independently as Conductor. Iain returned to Birmingham Concert Orchestra as Co-conductor until graduation.
In 2003 he became the student conductor of Alveley Village Band working as a guest and stand-in conductor for the CBSO's Phil Harrison and in 2006 became Musical Director of the Band until 2014. During his time as Musical Director of the Band, he helped secure the modern expansion of the membership of the band and the range of music performed.
Cross-regionally, Iain has worked as a conductor with the West Midlands Concert Band, Royal Spa Brass, Heart of England Co-Operative Concert Orchestra and conducted student premieres and recital performances at Birmingham Conservatoire. Iain was proud to lead The People's Orchestra through its 2nd Birthday Concert in West Bromwich.
Soon after conducting The People's Orchestra, Iain was called upon as runner-up candidate to lead his city brass band, City of Birmingham Brass Band, following the sudden withdrawal of newly appointed Musical Director Colin Herbert in 2014. Iain proudly led the band for two years as runner-up at all concerts and events, successfully steering the band away from competitive relegation, leading the band to 2nd-from-the-top of the Gradings Table in their category and offering a modern approach to band-leading in the modern social media age. The band, one of the UK's youngest senior bands under Iain's direction, performed extensively around the West Midlands region taking music to the people.
Iain decided to step down from conducting the Band in 2016 to allow the organisation to appoint a first-choice Musical Director.
Iain was taught conducting with support by Eric L. Hinton, Neil Aston, Richard Evans and Lancelot Fuhry. He was awarded 95% in his SPS Musical Direction examination at the Royal Northern College of Music for conducting a symphonic movement from a Schubert symphony, one of the highest allocated marks in the College.
"He showed ability to express his musical ideas to a very high standard. Outstanding communication with the orchestra, brilliant technique, excellent knowledge of the score." - RNCM conducting examination panel, SPS conducting course
"Some very animated conducting from the MD, he certainly knows what he wanted out of his band" - 4barsrest.com