Iain Masson to launch Birmingham Metro Brass in the city centre of Birmingham

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Iain Masson to launch Birmingham Metro Brass in the city centre of Birmingham

A new brass band, Birmingham Metro Brass will launch on 10th October in the heart of Birmingham city centre for city workers, friends and families. The project, run by Birmingham New Millennium (Metropole) Brass Band is led and created by Iain Masson who is founder and Musical Director.

The project will see city brass and percussion players performing together across the city, region and beyond as a non-contesting weekly brass band, training band and beginner groups, will be one of the first new independent brass band organisations set up in Birmingham city centre in over a century. The Metropole Tuesday night band will be the first of the groups to launch on the project.

Metropole Brass is housed at Polish Millennium House on Bordesley Street, Birmingham (near Selfridges), rehearsing on Tuesdays in term-time, 7.30-9.30pm. Membership is £3.00 per rehearsal in the hat, or £1.00 for NUS card holders, free for the unemployed or those who cannot afford to take part. The band entry level is approx. Grade 5 and upwards. The band will perform around the city, across the region and beyond. The project is supported by Birmingham Polish Club.

It launches on Tuesday 10th October, 7.30-9.30pm. The launch rehearsal is FREE. @BhamMetroBrass
www.birminghammetrobrass.co.uk . Enrol: http://bit.ly/2u4vTvG

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Iain Masson awarded Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire (HonBC) for Services to the Music Profession in the 10 years following graduation

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Iain Masson awarded Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire (HonBC) for Services to the Music Profession in the 10 years following graduation

Iain was proudly conferred with Honorary Membership of the Conservatoire on Friday (19 June 2015) in the Awards Ceremony in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire.

'There were so many memorable performances and people there, it was a very special day.

The brass ensemble, string quartets and Symphony Orchestra sounded great'.

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Presentation of Awards in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire in June

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Presentation of Awards in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire in June

Iain has been awarded with Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire (HonBC) in 2015.

Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire was created some years ago to acknowledge past students who have made a significant contribution within the various branches of the music profession. Recipients of the award have been working in the profession for a number of years and have established themselves in one or more areas of the music profession. 

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Brodsky Quartet performs 'Three Pieces for String Quartet' (Iain Masson)  as part of 'Il sogno and other gems' concert in Hall One, King's Place, London

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Brodsky Quartet performs 'Three Pieces for String Quartet' (Iain Masson) as part of 'Il sogno and other gems' concert in Hall One, King's Place, London

I was delighted to have my 'Three Pieces for String Quartet' performed by the Brodsky Quartet at Hall One, King's Place, London. The concert was called 'Il sogno and other gems'.

Programme;

Purcell: Fantasia XIII in F Upon One Note (arr. Britten)
Masson: Three Pieces for String Quartet
Robert Davidson: Three Men and a Blonde
Dave Brubeck: Regret
Shostakovich Waltz No. 2 (arr. For Piano Quintet by Jacqueline Thomas)
Ravel: Blues from Violin Sonata No. 2
Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes
Elvis Costello: Il Sogno

Thank you to the Quartet and for the lovely feedback from the audience members! 

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