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Welcome to the website of Iain Masson - British composer, conductor and music educator. Winner of the RNCM Alan Rawsthorne Composition Prize 2005. Iain's music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Performances have taken place in cities including London, Manchester, Stockholm and Sydney.
 
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Welcome to the new-look website of Iain Masson HonBC, composer, educator and conductor of the community band Iain's Band - West Midlands.  

Iain Masson was the winner of the 2005 RNCM Alan Rawsthorne Composition Prize. Iain's compositions have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3's "In Tune" programme performed live by the Brodsky Quartet at BBC Broadcasting House in London, by the Goldberg Ensemble in Manchester as part of the 2005 SPNM New Music Tour selected by Steve Martland, by Cats' Adam Linstead, Ian Power and Telford and Wrekin Music pupils and staff. His 5-minute companion piece to 'A Soldier's Tale' commissioned by the RNCM New Ensemble and Mark Heron was premiered at the Bridgewater Hall.

He has worked as a creative workshop leader for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham on the 'Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'Banded About' projects and was Assistant Trainee Composer for the Hallé Orchestra's "Eighth Door" education project assisting Bea Schirmer. He delivers workshops across the regions and works as a choir accompanist for The Treble Makers choir in Bilston.

Some performance venues of his compositions have included - 

Hall One at King's Place London, Brighton Corn Exchange, the Italian Culture Institute Stockholm, The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall - Martin Harris Centre Manchester, Oakengates Theatre Telford and Wrekin, Kungliga Operan (the Royal Swedish National Opera), The Regent Hall London and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

He is currently writing new works.

Iain is a member of the Musicians' Union.

Community music

Iain Masson is creative music leader at two primary schools and a special school in Wolverhampton. He delivers music activities for children and staff at Stowlawn Primary School, Green Park Special School and Oak Meadow Primary School, West Midlands. 

He is the director of new Iain's Band - West Midlands - an inclusive, exciting new open community band for Midlanders on all instruments, with a passion for music. Grade 4+. The band and Iain will travel on a concert Tour of the Rhineland in 2020 in a European debut. The band launches in spring 2018
 

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Iain has been a music tutor at Shades Music Moseley in Birmingham since May. He also teaches brass lessons for Birmingham Metro Brass.

Education

Iain studied at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2015, he was proudly awarded Honorary Membership (HonBC) of Birmingham Conservatoire for services to the music profession in the 10 years following graduation.

His composition teachers were Thomas Simaku (Conservatoire 1999-2000), John Mayer (Conservatoire 2000-2003) and, at postgraduate level, Adam Gorb (RNCM 2004-5). He has attended conducting lessons privately with Richard Evans. He obtained a top score of 95% for conducting a Schubert symphonic movement to examiners in the SPS Postgraduate Conducting elective at the Royal Northern College of Music, one of the college's highest marks.

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Testimonials

A very accomplished composer
— Paul Cassidy, Brodsky Quartet, Birmingham Post
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.
— Panel feedback, RNCM SPS Orchestral Conducting examination, Royal Northern College of Music. Mark: 95% , conducting of Schubert symphonic movement
lush strings conducted by Iain Masson
— Mel McClellan, BBC website, folk review of 'I Am Jim Moray' EP
the most dedicated, enthusiastic and stimulating conductor I have ever known, and this was showing results with BSO. Every single one of us became a better musician from the experience we have gained from your conductorship.
— Roger Pilkington, Principal Trombone, Bedworth Symphony Orchestra