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Iain Masson guest conductor at Sutton Coldfield Wind Orchestra in 2020

Iain Masson visited Sutton Coldfield Wind Orchestra as guest conductor on 7th and 28th January 2020.Iain Masson guest conductor at Sutton Coldfield Wind Orchestra in 2020

 

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Black Country Radio Broadcast December 2019
 

The talented West Midlands Concertina Group played Iain Masson's 'Frivol for Concertina Band' live on Black Country Radio's Black Country Matters show's #LocalMusicHour on 1st December.

 

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New piano teaching role with Arthur Terry Learning Partnership 20.09.19


Iain Masson will start work as a piano teacher for the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, starting on 23rd September 2019.

New piano teaching role with Arthur Terry Learning Partnership 20.09.19


Iain Masson will start work as a piano teacher for the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, starting on 23rd September 2019.

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Examination success 07.07.19


Special well done to my piano and brass students who have sat their summer 2019 ABRSM exams at St. Columba's United Reformed Church in Moseley - between themselves, they collectively achieved an Aural mark of 92%. Ishan (Star Harmony Music) G1 Piano - Distn* (*140), Omar (Shades Music) Grade 2 Jazz Piano - Distinction, James (Shades Music) Grade 3 Trumpet - Merit, Amelie (Shades Music) Grade 1 Piano - Merit, Stella (Shades Music) Grade 1 Piano - Distinction and Jeevan (Shades Music) Grade 1 Piano - Merit. I am a very proud tutor!

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Creative partnership 07.06.19


Iain will deliver a 5th academic year as creative music partner, workshop leader and accompanist on the Ashmore Park estate in Wednesfield from September and a 13th year as creative music partner, accompanist and workshop leader in Bilston. 

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Exam success at Shades Music 14.04.19


Well done to my hard-working Shades Music students who have attained very good or excellent results in their ABRSM piano exams. The 100% pass rate continues into 2019! 

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Iain becomes MISM 13.03.19


Iain has become a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (MISM), the UK's professional body for musicians.  

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Star Harmony Music 27.02.19


Iain is proud to deliver home lessons for Star Harmony Music! Star Harmony Music is a new music education business providing high quality music activities in the community. Watch this space!

Enquiries: info@starharmony.co.uk.

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THE SYCAMORES NURSING HOME CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE 18.12.18


Iain Masson has accompanied young voices from The Willows in Bilston at The Sycamores Nursing Home in Wolverhampton. It unlocked positive responses from both staff and residents who became animated with lots of singing, smiling faces and generous feedback! 

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NEW CROSS HOSPITAL HEART AND LUNG CENTRE CHRISTMAS POP-UP PERFORMANCE 13.12.18


Iain has accompanied young voices at New Cross Hospital Heart and Lung Centre in a choir performance by KS2 pupils from the eastern side of Wolverhampton. 

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SHADES PIANO STUDENTS CELEBRATE 100% PASS RATE IN 2018 11.12.18

 

My Shades Music piano students are celebrating today with a 100% pass rate for all ABRSM music exams taken across 2018 in Moseley. Well done to all of them - a remarkable achievement. (Iain)

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BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM PERFORMANCE / WMCB 12.08.18


Iain Masson guest-conducted West Midlands Concert Band at the Black Country Living Museum in a successful concert on Sunday 12th August. The band was conducted by none other than Mr. Charlie Chaplin for one item in the concert, to the audience members' delight! 

The Black Country Living Museum is an open-air museum of rebuilt historic buildings in Dudley in the West Midlands of England. He led three rehearsals with the band on 26th July, 2nd August and 9th August at their rehearsal home in Penn.

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KS2 GREATEST SHOWMAN SONGS 10.05.18

Iain has been working with year 5s and 6s in Wednesfield in bringing together songs from The Greatest Showman. The children and staff have also been working on songs by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars and Alicia Keys. Their singing raises the roof!
 

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SATURDAYS AT SHADES 01.03.18

Iain now teaches on Saturdays at Shades Music in Moseley, 9.30am - 5.00pm. He also teaches at Shades on Mondays (3.00-8.00pm), Tuesdays (5.30-8.00pm) and Friday evenings (3.00-8.00pm). All bookings or changes must be made via the shop.
 

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WARWICK ORCHESTRAL WINDS REHEARSAL 11.02.18


Iain Masson was invited to lead a rehearsal with Warwick Orchestral Winds in Coventry.Warwick Orchestral Winds (originally the Midland Wind Orchestra) was formed in 1992. The band draws its members from all over the Midlands, giving concerts in the Warwick and Leamington Spa area. The ensemble has a deserved reputation for programming less well know works together with more traditional and well known classics from the Symphonic Wind repertoire. This was Iain's second visit to the group.
 

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WEST MIDLANDS CONCERTINA GROUP 07.10.17


Iain Masson, visiting conductor, will put the West Midlands Concertina Group through its paces leading a concertina band workshop at The Plough Inn, Wollaston, Stourbridge this autumn. It will be his fourth visit to the Midlands-based ensemble.

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IAIN JOINS SHADES MUSIC TEAM 25.05.17 

Iain Masson has joined the team of tutors at Shades music tuition centre in Moseley. Iain will teach piano lessons on Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights at the centre.
 

Shades has been the heart of music in Moseley for 10 years.

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CITY OF BIRMINGHAM BRASS BAND 20.09.16 

Iain Masson is departing from the role of Musical Director of the City of Birmingham Brass Band, two years after stepping in as the runner-up candidate in place of withdrawn maestro Colin Herbert.

He has led the double rehearsal-night band at all engagements across the West Midlands since 2014 including the band's inaugural trip to the Whit Friday Marches as part of a packed two-year itinerary in challenging times for the heritage. The Band retained its position as a Third Section band under Iain's direction, climbing from demotion point to the upper part of the regional Gradings Table. Iain was proud to lead the weekly rehearsals and concerts but would now like to see a first-choice conductor become established.

The Band has forged new city centre business links, exciting charity partnerships, modernised and opened its Facebook page.
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BARRA - BIRMINGHAM AIR RAIDS REMEMBRANCE ASSOCIATION SERVICE - CITY OF BIRMINGHAM BRASS BAND 24.09.16 


Iain has conducted the brass band - City of Birmingham Brass Band - as part the 2016 BARRA Service at St. Martin's in the Bullring. The annual event featured the band and a local choir as well as guest speakers and readers. It was a fitting event to remember a major moment of history in the city.
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BRITISH KOREAN VETERANS SERVICE ALREWAS STAFFORDSHIRE 2016 - CITY OF BIRMINGHAM BRASS BAND 24.07.16


Iain was proud to conduct City of Birmingham Brass Band at the 2016 British Korean Veterans Service at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire. 
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POP-UP PROMS 16.07.16 
 

Iain will conduct the City of Birmingham Brass Band at Pop-Up Proms! in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham at the Joseph Chamberlain College. Flag waving, picnics and more! Singing led by Andrew Wilson. See website for info.
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IRONBRIDGE GORGE BRASS BAND FESTIVAL 09.07.16 

Iain Masson has conducted City of Birmingham Brass Band at their first appearance at the famous Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival in Shropshire.
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TRENTHAM GARDENS 26.06.16

Iain will conduct City of Birmingham Brass Band on the Trentham Estate where the band will perform family concert music - with an all-female 4-piece bass section!
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STRATFORD UPON AVON BANDSTAND 12.06.16 

City of Birmingham Brass Band on the Stratford-upon-Avon recreation ground Bandstand. A family-friendly programme of popular music for all the ages.

Conductor: Iain Masson
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WHIT FRIDAY BRASS BAND CONTESTS (North of England) 20.05.16 


City of Birmingham Brass Band and Musical Director Iain Masson have travelled to Saddleworth & District in the North of England to take part in the Whit Friday Brass Band Contests, often described as 'the greatest free show on Earth.' It is the first time in its history the Band has taken part in the popular event.
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BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS BANDSTAND 15.05.16 


Iain Masson has conducted City of Birmingham Brass Band at Bands in the Gardens at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses.
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ASTON VILLA FOOTBALL CLUB / VILLA PARK 14.05.16 


Iain Masson has conducted City of Birmingham Brass Band at Villa Park, home of Aston Villa Football Club for a function as part of Cancer Wellbeing Day.
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SWING INTO SPRING 23.04.16 


Iain Masson has conducted City of Birmingham Brass Band at 'Swing Into Spring!' in Hall Green Baptist Church in South East Birmingham.
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ENIGMA BRASS REHEARSAL 08.02.16 

Iain Masson was delighted to lead a rehearsal with Enigma Brass as visiting conductor.
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Santa Express! City of Birmingham Brass Band full steam ahead on Severn Valley Railway! 19.12.15

Iain conducts City of Birmingham Brass Band for Santa Special ticket-holders at Arley Station on the Severn Valley Railway. 

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CBBB Carols in the Beer Garden - Christmas Special and brass pub flashmob 17.12.15


Iain conducts City of Birmingham Brass Band at Wetherspoon Figure of Eight free house on Broad Street Birmingham. Christmas carols, festive cheer and brass flashmob-style Christmas parade through the bar.  

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City of Birmingham Brass Band - A Very Merry Brassmas! 12.12.15


Iain conducts City of Birmingham Brass Band in a Christmas concert at the Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College. See website for info.

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BRASS: City of Birmingham Brass Band - Moseley Lights Switch-On! Free Radio broadcast 05.12.15


Iain conducts City of Birmingham Brass Band on Free Radio for the Moseley Lights Switch-On 2015!

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BRASS: City of Birmingham Brass Band carols in Brindleyplace, Birmingham Leisure District 05.12.15


Iain conducts City of Birmingham Brass Band at The Waters Edge in Brindleyplace, Birmingham.

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BRASS: City of Birmingham Brass Band - Autumn Finale 21.11.15


Iain conducts City of Birmingham Brass Band in "Autumn Finale" at Hall Green Baptist Church.

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West Midlands Concertina Group visit with Iain 07.11.15


Iain has visited the West Midlands Concertina Group to lead a music meetings at The Plough in Wollaston.

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Birmingham Air Raids Remembrance Association Service
24.09.15


Iain has conducted the brass band - City of Birmingham Brass Band - as part the 2015 BARRA Service at St. Martin's in the Bullring. The annual event featured the band and a local choir as well as guest speakers and readers. It was a fitting event to remember a major moment of history in the city.

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BRASS: Pop-up Proms 2015!
18.07.15


Iain conducts City of Birmingham Brass Band in "Pop-up Proms 2015!" at the Joseph Chamberlain College Birmingham. With flag-waving, singing led by Andrew Wilson, audience interaction and refreshments.

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BRASS: City of Birmingham Brass Band at Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Bands in the Gardens
19.04.15


Iain conducts City of Birmingham Brass Band for a Sunday 'Bands in the Gardens' concert for all the family on the bandstand at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses.

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BRASS: City of Birmingham Brass Band Spring Fling at Hall Green Baptist Church
18.04.15


Iain conducts City of Birmingham Brass Band's "Spring Fling!" concert at Hall Green Baptist Church. See website for info.

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Iain 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.

 

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. 

City of Birmingham Brass Band 21.07.14

Following the unexpected withdrawal of elected Musical Director Colin Herbert, and just days after stepping down as MD of Alveley Village Band, Iain Masson has been approached as runner-up candidate to step in as the new Musical Director of City of Birmingham Brass Band. The band must boost its membership and fight to avoid relegation to the 4th Section after a last-place result in the 2014 Midlands Areas following a series of player departures and relocations.

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Alveley Village Band 20.07.14


After 3 years as a guest conductor and 8-and-a-half years as Musical Director, Iain Masson has stepped down from his involvement with Alveley Village Band in Shropshire. Iain wishes the players and supporters the very best for the future.
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Summer Celebration 12.07.14


Iain has conducted Alveley Village Band in a summer celebration of music and arrangements for local members of the community who attended the concert at St. Mary's Church, Alveley. 
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AVB plays on Mary Stevens Park Bandstand  06.07.14


Iain Masson has conducted Alveley Village Band on the Mary Stevens Park Bandstand.
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JCC Arts Fest 2014 05.07.14

 

Iain has conducted City of Birmingham Brass Band as guest conductor and runner-up of the 2014 Conducting Auditions in a performance at the JCC Arts Fest (Joseph Chamberlain College).
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ORCHESTRAL: Concert for RIBI 89th Annual Conference - Council House, Victoria Square 11.04.14

 

Iain was proud to conduct The People's Orchestra musicians for the RIBI 89th Annual Conference in the Council House in Victoria Square, Birmingham.
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ORCHESTRAL: TPO 2nd Birthday Concert - West Bromwich Town Hall 0604.14

 

Iain was proud to conduct The People's Orchestra's '2nd Birthday Concert' at West Bromwich Town Hall tonight.

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ORCHESTRAL: 'Love Concert' - Lichfield Guildhall 15.02.14

 

Iain has conducted The People's Orchestra 'Love Concert' at Lichfield Guildhall.
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ORCHESTRAL: 'Love Concert' - Leamington Spa Town Hall 09.02.14

 

Iain has conducted The People's Orchestra 'Love Concert' at Leamington Spa Town Hall.

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Christmas with Alveley Village Band - 15.12.13


Iain has conducted the Alveley Village Band at St. Mary's Church, Alveley in a joint Christmas concert with the Alveley Singers.

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'Il sogno and other gems' performance by Brodsky Quartet of Iain Masson's 'Three Pieces for String Quartet' - Hall One, King's Place London - 09.11.13


The Brodsky Quartet has performed Iain Masson's 'Three Pieces for String Quartet' in 'Il sogno and other gems' at Hall One, King's Place, London, alongside works by Elvis Costello, Britten, Purcell, Prokofiev and Dave Brubeck. 

Review at http://www.planethugill.com/2013/11/a-mid-autumn-nights-dream-with-brodsky.html 
 

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Alveley Village Band Summer Concert at St. Mary's Street Open Gardens - 21.07.13


Iain has conducted Alveley Village Band on the historic cobbles of St. Mary's Street at the St. Mary's Street Open Gardens festival in Bridgnorth. 
 

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Alveley Village Band Summer Concert at Bodenham Arboretum - 06.07.13


Iain has conducted the Alveley Village Band at Bodenham Arboretum in a summer special for all the family.

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses city date for Alveley Village Band - 26.06.13


Iain and the Alveley Village Band have played on the historic 1873 J.C. Loudon bandstand at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, Edgbaston, performing music for all the family.

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Village band summer celebration  21.07.12


Iain has conducted a summer concert with Alveley Village Band at St. Mary's Church, Alveley in a programme of family favourites.
 

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Village tour... Chelmarsh fete! 14.07.12


Iain conducts Alveley Village Band at the Chelmarsh Fete in Shropshire. 

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Village tour... Ditton Priors Fete! 07.07.12


Iain conducts the Alveley Village Band at Ditton Priors Fete in Shropshire.

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AVB Queen's Jubilee 05.06.12


Iain conducts Alveley Village Band in celebration of the Queen's Jubilee on the Recreation Ground in Alveley, Shropshire.


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AVB Jubilee Spectacular at Bodenham Arboretum! 02.06.12


Iain Masson conducts the Alveley Village Band in a Royal Jubilee spectacular at the glorious Bodenham Arboretum.

 

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AVB on Birmingham Botanical Gardens bandstand 06.05.12


Iain Masson conducts AVB on the Birmingham Botanical Gardens bandstand as part of the Bands on Sundays series, a tradition dating back to 1873.

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Village band concert at Brinton Park, Kidderminster 17.07.11


Iain Masson has conducted Alveley Village Band at Brinton Park in Kidderminster in an outdoor family concert.
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Full steam ahead! AVB plays at the Trevithick 200 Steam Rally at Severn Valley Park 17.07.11


Iain Masson was proud to conduct the Alveley Village Band at the Trevithick 200 Steam Rally in the Severn Valley Country Park.

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White Lodge Residential Care Home concert performance 16.07.11


Iain Masson conducts Alveley Village Band in a special concert for residents of White Lodge, Alveley, Shropshire.
 

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CBSO / Birmingham Rep Midsummer Night's Dream project Sharing Performance at CBSO Centre 15.07.11
 

Birmingham Conservatoire and RNCM graduate Iain Masson, CBSO musicians and a Shakespearean actor from the Birmingham REP were delighted to work with three schools on the Midsummer Night's Dream project, who took part in a special Performance Sharing Performance at the CBSO Centre today.
 

Inspired by Shakespeare’s famous play A Midsummer’s Night Dream, this musical theatre project explored the musical and literary interpretation of this play drawing from themes of Felix Mendelssohn’s composition. Led by a team of CBSO musicians, a Shakespearean actor and playwright from Birmingham Repertory Theatre and choral leaders, three primary schools took part in a series of workshops to produce original song, music and script writing. The new material was performed in the final musical theatre piece at CBSO centre. The production featured the Little Big Time Band and a CBSO six piece ensemble who accompanied the young performers with specially arranged music.
 

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Bayton Church Fete 09.07.11


Iain Masson has conducted Alveley Village Band at Bayton Church Fete in an outdoor performance to local people in the community.

 

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Alveley Open Gardens 03.07.11


Iain Masson conducted the Alveley Village Band in band supporter Mary Wells' Garden as part of the Alveley Open Gardens festival 2011.

 

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St. Mary's Street Open Gardens in Bridgnorth 26.06.11


Iain Masson has conducted Alveley Village Band at the St. Mary's Street Open Gardens 2011.

 

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Live on the bandstand! Sunday performance on Birmingham Botanical Gardens bandstand 08.05.11


Iain Masson today conducted Alveley Village Band on the Birmingham Botanical Gardens bandstand.
 

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Concert at Far Forest Village Hall 09.04.11


Iain Masson has conducted Alveley Village Band in a concert at Far Forest Village Hall in a programme of family favourites.

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CBSO / Birmingham Rep Midsummer Night's Dream project 28.02.11
 

Iain Masson will join CBSO musicians as a primary years music creativity workshop leader on the Midsummer Night's Dream project, delivering workshops at St John's Ladywood CE School. 
 

Inspired by Shakespeare’s famous play A Midsummer’s Night Dream, this musical theatre project will explore the musical and literary interpretation of this play drawing from themes of Felix Mendelssohn’s composition. Led by a team of CBSO musicians, a Shakespearean actor and playwright from Birmingham Repertory Theatre and choral leaders, three primary schools will take part in a series of workshops to produce original song, music and script writing that will be performed as a final musical theatre piece at a professional theatre venue. The production will feature the Little Big Time Band, a CBSO six piece ensemble who will accompany the young performers with specially arranged music.
 

The project theme will allow for a variety of cross-curriculum approaches, including English Literacy and Language, Drama and History and there will be a specially commissioned support pack that will give schools guidance and material support for developing the project legacy. Integrated into the creative project, participants will attend the Schools Concert on June 22nd 2011 to experience the CBSO perform the A Midsummers Night Dream at Symphony Hall. They schools will also attend a Birmingham Rep Production of The Wiz, a musical version of the Wizard of OZ in June 2011 at the Alexandra Theatre. On both occasions there will be the opportunity to experience educational back stage tours of the venues.

 

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Black Country Brass guest conductor rehearsal 30.05.10

Iain was delighted to guest conduct a rehearsal with Black Country Brass this evening. The feedback from the rehearsal was very complimentary, and was enjoyed on both sides!

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CBSO 'Banded About' Birmingham Music Hub Partnership Project 19.04.10


Iain Masson will be delivering projects as a primary years creative workshop leader for the 'Banded About' project, working with staff and children at Hall Green Junior School.

'Banded About' is a whole year project funded by the DCSF through their Music partnership Project programme involving Birmingham Music Hub (CBSO, BCMG, Birmingham Jazz, THSH and Ex Cathedra) with Sound It Out and Birmingham Music Service also partners. Each of the five partners is operating a programme of project workshops and events in a cluster of 4 schools (1 secondary and 3 primary schools each) - 20 schools in total! 

The core aims of the project are around creative ensemble work (with sharing events across the year to showcase creative ensemble work) and there are several strands to the project including CPD for teachers and musicians and a Practitioner Ensemble. The young participants in the project (between school year 5 and 9) will also have opportunities to hear live professional music as well as working with 'their' professional musicians in workshops. 

Iain will deliver the sessions with Jaynie Maynard and will be working with three Year 6 classes on 11th, 18th and 25th June. The project will culminate in a performance at the Town Hall on 9th July 2010.

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AVB Spring Concert in Far Forest Village Hall 27.03.10


Iain Masson will conduct Alveley Village Band at a family concert in Far Forest Village Hall, 7.30pm. See website for info.

 

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The Band Factory - 10 years celebration 28.02.10


Iain Masson will conduct Royal Spa Brass as part of a special 10th Anniversary celebration of the Band Factory in Leamington Spa - rehearsal home of the Royal Spa Brass organisation. Concert also features performances by Buddin' Brass conducted by Hugh Rashleigh.

Iain to conduct Royal Spa Brass at Warwick Castle 'Carols at the Castle' 19.12.09


Iain Masson conducts Royal Spa Brass at Warwick Castle 'Carols at the Castle', 7.30pm. See website for ticket info.
 

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AVB Christmas at St Mary's Church 13.12.09


Iain Masson conducts a Christmas Concert with the Alveley Village Band at St Mary's Church, 7.30pm.
 

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AVB at The Saddlers Club 06.12.09


Iain Masson conducts Alveley Village Band at The Saddlers Club, Walsall, to supporters and audience members. 
 

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Educational outreach event: AVB at Blakebrook for Christmas Spectacular 04.12.09


Iain Masson conducts Alveley Village Band at an educational closed performance and talk for student and staff audiences at Blakebrook Special School in Kidderminster. The band will then travel to Alveley to put on a Christmas concert at Alveley Primary School.
 

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BSO Winter Concert 28.11.09


Iain Masson conducts Overture - Fingal's Cave (Mendelssohn), Mein Vaterland (Smetana) and Symphony No.2 (Sibelius) with Bedworth Symphony Orchestra at Holy Trinity Church, Attleborough, 7.30pm. See website.
 

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Goodbye Old School, Hello New 20.10.09


Creative Music Partner Iain Masson will conduct Stowlawn Primary School junior groups as they perform for the last time before their new "The Willows" campus opens, Bilston.


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A Fireworks Spectacular in the Severn Valley Country Park 13.09.09

Iain Masson conducts Alveley Village Band in a Fireworks Spectacular with picnic, singing and flag waving - a Proms-style finale awaits!

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AVB at Alveley Fete! 03.07.09 

Iain Masson conducts Alveley Village Band at Alveley School Fete!
 

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Fireworks Spectacular in the Severn Valley Country Park 16.05.09

Iain Masson conducts Alveley Village Band at Weston Park in a programme of family favourites!

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AVB on the Bandstand! 03.05.09 

Iain Masson conducts Alveley Village Band on the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses bandstand in a programme of family favourites!

AVB at Hope House 15.09.07  

Iain Masson conducted Alveley Village Band in an outreach performance for older people and residents with dementia at Hope House, Shropshire.

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AVB Severn Valley Country Park Fireworks Spectacular! 07.07.07 

Iain Masson has conducted Alveley Village Band at their  'Fireworks Spectacular' in the beautiful setting of the Severn Valley Country Park, the band's Gala Concert.

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AVB at Dudmaston Hall 17.06.07 

Iain Masson has conducted Alveley Village Band at Dudmaston Hall, Quatt.

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Casa Re-pm Centre for Street Children Beira, Mozambique concert - guest conductor with Heart of England Co-Operative Concert Orchestra 14.04.07 
 

Iain Masson has guest conducted the Heart of England Co-Operative Concert Orchestra in a special charity concert raising funds for Casa Re-pm Centre for Street Children Beira, Mozambique.

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BRASS: Telford and Wrekin Elementary Brass makes impressive debut  03.07


The players of Telford and Wrekin Elementary Brass made a splash with audience and peers - a fantastic debut concert! The ensemble performed a varied, well-prepared programme as part of a music concert.Conductors: Mr. I. Masson and Mrs. A. Straw

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Angus Schools Brass Band Weekend 17-18.03.07


Iain Masson (Intermediate Band) and Richard Evans (Senior Band) will conduct the inaugural Angus Schools Brass Band weekend on 17th-18th March 2007. The weekend will culminate with a concert at 3pm on 18th March in Carnoustie High School Theatre. The event was run by Angus Education Development Service. 




Pianist Tristan Hall performs Iain Masson's 'Suite of Kitchenettes' at Birmingham International Piano Academy (BIPA)

The pianist Tristan Hall has performed Iain Masson's 'Suite of Kitchenettes for Piano and Narrator' at the Birmingham International Piano Academy. 
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Iain delivers workshop at Barnardo's, Dundee


Iain has delivered an inclusive music workshop for Barnardo's charity in Dundee, Tayside, Scotland. The music session was well received with super responses. 

Barnardo’s transforms the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK through the work of their services, campaigning and research expertise. Staff described the workshop as engaging and great fun.

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120 children and staff perform Iain Masson's 'Evolutions' large-scale educational commission at Oakengates Theatre in Telford


Iain was delighted to be present at the world premiere of 'Evolutions', commission by Musicate.Org, as the composer of the work. It is a 40-minute educational work (single movement) for over 120 children and their teachers bringing together all the varied work of the Telford and Wrekin Music pilot project in its first year as a showcase.

The world premiere received a brilliant response, in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Telford and Wrekin. It is one of the largest-scale works for primary children in music education history.
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Iain Masson appointed new Musical Director at Alveley Village Band


Iain Masson has been appointed Musical Director of Alveley Village Band. He has worked as an assistant and guest conductor since 2003. Iain hopes to use a modern approach to grow the Band personnel, increase participation in rehearsals and broaden the range of music played. Iain is the Band's youngest Musical Director.

Iain supports Hallé Orchestra Family Concerts Series


RNCM student Iain Masson is supporting the Hallé Orchestra Family Concerts Series on Sundays as a postgraduate student of the Royal Northern College of Music, assisting Steve Pickett and Caroline Clegg with the delivery of workshop activities.
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Royal Northern College of Music Postgraduate course

Iain is delighted to have been accepted onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Composition (PGDip) course at the Royal Northern College of Music where his tutor will be Adam Gorb. The one-year course will gratefully be paid for in full with a grant from the Scottish government. Iain will begin his studies in September.

Shades has been the heart of music in Moseley for 10 years.

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'Budget Report' Working Lunch coverage - BBC One live broadcast from Mailbox

Iain has performed as an incidental part of BBC One's 'Working Lunch' during live coverage of the Chancellor's Budget Report from BBC Birmingham / Mailbox. Iain was delighted to play as Bar Epernay pianist for Adrian Chiles who integrated a rather sombre choice of repertoire into a segment discussing possible implications of the budget on the hospitality sector. Mr. Chiles then bought the pianist a drink - a lovely surprise!

 

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ORCHESTRAL: Iain Masson is Associate Conductor of Birmingham Concert Orchestra


Iain has returned to Birmingham Concert Orchestra as Associate Conductor. He will support Honorary Conductor Dr. Roy S. Lehrle in concerts. Iain was an apprentice conductor with the orchestra in 2001-2.

CHOPSTICKS TAKEAWAY! AT SYMPHONY HALL 'ART OF PIANO' EVENT 11.10.03

Iain has been based in the First Floor foyer at Symphony Hall teaching 100+ local people how to play 'Chopsticks' as part of a special free attraction at ICC/Symphony Hall's 'Art of Piano 2003' event. Everyone had a great time!

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ORCHESTRAL: 'POSTCARDS FROM EUROPE' AT BEDWORTH CIVIC HALL 21.06.03


Iain is to conduct the community orchestra Bedworth Symphony Orchestra at the Civic Hall, Bedworth in a concert of works with a European flavour. 7.00pm. See website.

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ST. MARY'S SPRING FAYRE 17.05.03

Iain will conduct Alveley Village Band for the first time as guest conductor at the 2003 St. Mary's Spring Fayre in Alveley, Shropshire. He is standing in for the band's Musical Director, CBSO Principal Trombonist Phil Harrison.

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SHOSTAKOVICH PIANO CONCERTO NO.2 - ADRIAN BOULT HALL 06.05.03


Iain Masson has conducted the Shostakovich Piano Concert no.2 in the Adrian Boult Hall, performed by Michael Hurley with a Birmingham Conservatoire recital orchestra. The concert was well received with generous feedback.

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ORCHESTRAL: MAGIC AND FANTASY 05.04.03


Iain will conduct Bedworth Symphony Orchestra in an evening of 'Musical Magic and Fantasy' at Holy Trinity Church, Attleborough. The concert includes the premiere of the orchestral version of Iain Masson's 'Suite of Kitchenettes', narrated by Laurence Cole. See website for info.

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CHOPSTICKS TAKEAWAY! AT SYMPHONY HALL 'ART OF PIANO' EVENT 11.10.03

Iain has been based in the First Floor foyer at Symphony Hall teaching 100+ local people how to play 'Chopsticks' as part of a special free attraction at ICC/Symphony Hall's 'Art of Piano 2003' event. Everyone had a great time!

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ORCHESTRAL: 'POSTCARDS FROM EUROPE' AT BEDWORTH CIVIC HALL 21.06.03


Iain is to conduct the community orchestra Bedworth Symphony Orchestra at the Civic Hall, Bedworth in a concert of works with a European flavour. 7.00pm. See website.

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ST. MARY'S SPRING FAYRE 17.05.03

Iain will conduct Alveley Village Band for the first time as guest conductor at the 2003 St. Mary's Spring Fayre in Alveley, Shropshire. He is standing in for the band's Musical Director, CBSO Principal Trombonist Phil Harrison.

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SHOSTAKOVICH PIANO CONCERTO NO.2 - ADRIAN BOULT HALL 06.05.03


Iain Masson has conducted the Shostakovich Piano Concert no.2 in the Adrian Boult Hall, performed by Michael Hurley with a Birmingham Conservatoire recital orchestra. The concert was well received with generous feedback.

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ORCHESTRAL: MAGIC AND FANTASY 05.04.03


Iain will conduct Bedworth Symphony Orchestra in an evening of 'Musical Magic and Fantasy' at Holy Trinity Church, Attleborough. The concert includes the premiere of the orchestral version of Iain Masson's 'Suite of Kitchenettes', narrated by Laurence Cole. See website for info.

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Winter debut with Bedworth Symphony Orchestra 12.02


21-year-old conductor Iain has conducted his debut concert, Winter Concert, with Bedworth Symphony Orchestra at Attleborough Church, Nuneaton.

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BBC Radio 3 broadcast by Brodsky Quartet of Iain Masson's 'Three Pieces for String Quartet' - live on BBC 'In Tune' show - 26.11.02


Iain Masson's 'Three Pieces for String Quartet' have been premiered live by the Brodsky Quartet on BBC Radio 3's "In-Tune" show presented by Sean Rafferty at BBC Broadcasting House, London.
 

The three pieces, which were specially composed for the quartet and workshopped during a residency at the International Convention Centre Birmingham, depict three stages of a train journey (i. Monotony (boredom), ii. Passing By (relaxation) and iii. Carriageways (a storm) ). The pieces were performed live around 5.30pm during an interview about the Quartet's education work. The pieces were programmed between works by Shostakovich and Ravel during the live interview.


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Iain performs for Autistic Society / ITV Central News Annual Dinner Dance at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses - 05.11.02

Iain was delighted to play keyboards for the Autistic Society's Annual Dinner Dance at the Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses in Birmingham, accompanying blues saxophone. The evening raised a significant sum of money for the charity. The Guest Speaker was Bob Warman from ITV Central News.


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Review of 'I Am Jim Moray' EP / Niblick is a Giraffe Records - BBC Online 30.10.02


I AM JIM MORAY E.P. REVIEW - "Innovation runs riot, from the hypnotic layered vocal samples of opener Lemady to closing track Come With Me, a big, self-written folk-pop ballad with lush strings from guest quintet The Hareem (conducted by Iain L Masson and arranged by Jim) that wouldn't sound out of place on the Radio 2 playlist. This sweet, dense orchestration features also on another Moray-penned item, As I Roved Out, a dreamy, digitally-soaked 21st century ballad of death and injustice. Moray is young, keen, immensely talented and if there's any justice, bound for glory." - Mel McClellan, BBC website, 30th October 2002


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New Streetly Youth Orchestra goodbye


Iain conducted his final concert tonight as Principal Conductor of the New Streetly Youth Orchestra after 2 enjoyable years conducting the Orchestra alongside Musical Director Richard Commander. Iain will now focus on the final stages of his studies at Birmingham Conservatoire on the BMus(Hons) course.

 

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Gracechurch Shopping Centre pop-up performance 29.06.02


Iain Masson has conducted the New Streetly Youth Orchestra in a pop-up performance at Gracechurch Shopping Centre in Sutton Coldfield.
 

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New Streetly Youth Orchestra at the Longwood Boat Club 16.06.02


Iain Masson has conducted the New Streetly Youth Orchestra at the Longwood Boat Club Open Weekend 2002.
 

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Northern Ireland Youth Project concert by Birmingham Concert Orchestra 23.03.02
 

Iain Masson has guest conducted the Birmingham Concert Orchestra at a concert in aid of Northern Ireland Youth Project at St. Peter's Church, Hall Green, Birmingham.
 

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2002 NSYO Ironbridge Residential Weekend 08-10.03.02


Iain Masson has conducted the New Streetly Youth Orchestra on their 8th-10th February 2002 Residential Weekend in Ironbridge. 

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Winter debut with Bedworth Symphony Orchestra 12.02


21-year-old conductor Iain has conducted his debut concert, Winter Concert, with Bedworth Symphony Orchestra at Attleborough Church, Nuneaton.

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BBC Radio 3 broadcast by Brodsky Quartet of Iain Masson's 'Three Pieces for String Quartet' - live on BBC 'In Tune' show - 26.11.02


Iain Masson's 'Three Pieces for String Quartet' have been premiered live by the Brodsky Quartet on BBC Radio 3's "In-Tune" show presented by Sean Rafferty at BBC Broadcasting House, London.
 

The three pieces, which were specially composed for the quartet and workshopped during a residency at the International Convention Centre Birmingham, depict three stages of a train journey (i. Monotony (boredom), ii. Passing By (relaxation) and iii. Carriageways (a storm) ). The pieces were performed live around 5.30pm during an interview about the Quartet's education work. The pieces were programmed between works by Shostakovich and Ravel during the live interview.


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Iain performs for Autistic Society / ITV Central News Annual Dinner Dance at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses - 05.11.02

Iain was delighted to play keyboards for the Autistic Society's Annual Dinner Dance at the Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses in Birmingham, accompanying blues saxophone. The evening raised a significant sum of money for the charity. The Guest Speaker was Bob Warman from ITV Central News.


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Review of 'I Am Jim Moray' EP / Niblick is a Giraffe Records - BBC Online 30.10.02


I AM JIM MORAY E.P. REVIEW - "Innovation runs riot, from the hypnotic layered vocal samples of opener Lemady to closing track Come With Me, a big, self-written folk-pop ballad with lush strings from guest quintet The Hareem (conducted by Iain L Masson and arranged by Jim) that wouldn't sound out of place on the Radio 2 playlist. This sweet, dense orchestration features also on another Moray-penned item, As I Roved Out, a dreamy, digitally-soaked 21st century ballad of death and injustice. Moray is young, keen, immensely talented and if there's any justice, bound for glory." - Mel McClellan, BBC website, 30th October 2002


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New Streetly Youth Orchestra goodbye


Iain conducted his final concert tonight as Principal Conductor of the New Streetly Youth Orchestra after 2 enjoyable years conducting the Orchestra alongside Musical Director Richard Commander. Iain will now focus on the final stages of his studies at Birmingham Conservatoire on the BMus(Hons) course.

 

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Gracechurch Shopping Centre pop-up performance 29.06.02


Iain Masson has conducted the New Streetly Youth Orchestra in a pop-up performance at Gracechurch Shopping Centre in Sutton Coldfield.
 

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New Streetly Youth Orchestra at the Longwood Boat Club 16.06.02


Iain Masson has conducted the New Streetly Youth Orchestra at the Longwood Boat Club Open Weekend 2002.
 

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Northern Ireland Youth Project concert by Birmingham Concert Orchestra 23.03.02
 

Iain Masson has guest conducted the Birmingham Concert Orchestra at a concert in aid of Northern Ireland Youth Project at St. Peter's Church, Hall Green, Birmingham.
 

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2002 NSYO Ironbridge Residential Weekend 08-10.03.02


Iain Masson has conducted the New Streetly Youth Orchestra on their 8th-10th February 2002 Residential Weekend in Ironbridge. 


Carols with Arbroath Instrumental Band 23.12.01


Iain returned to play BBb Bass for Arbroath Instrumental Band at a community carol service today. The Band was directed by Michael Robertson.

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Iain's arrangement of Good King Wenceslas is performed - for didgeridoo, posthorn, bike bell, sports whistle, wood block, 2 flutes, tuba and Nokia phone! 15.12.01


Iain was pleased to have his novelty arrangement of 'Good King Wenceslas' performed in the New Streetly Youth Orchestra 2001 Christmas Concert at the Aldridge Youth Theatre - for didgeridoo, poshform, bike bell, sports whistle, wood block, 2 flutes, tuba and a Nokia 3210 mobile phone! The item led to the concert being given notable publicity in the evening edition of Birmingham Post and on the front cover. The evening was well received. The concert was one of the first times in the UK a Nokia mobile phone has been incorporated on stage.

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Iain stands in for Daniele Rosina at Bedworth Symphony Orchestra 10.12.01


Iain has led a rehearsal with Bedworth Symphony Orchestra covering for Daniele Rosina. 

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Iain conducts 'Five Miniatures for Chamber Ensemble' with Birmingham Conservatoire Composers' Ensemble in Conservatoire Recital Hall 05.12.01


Iain has conducted the world premiere of David B. Morgan's 'Five Miniatures for Chamber Ensemble' with players from the Birmingham Conservatoire Composers' Ensemble in the Recital Hall at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Iain conducts Bizet in first charity senior concert in Bournville 01.12.01


Iain has conducted senior orchestral players for the first time in concert, as apprentice conductor of Birmingham Concert Orchestra, conductor Dr. Roy S. Lehrle. He conducted Bizet's 'L'Arlésienne Suite No.1' at a charity concert in Bournville and received warm feedback from players and audience.

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Iain leads rehearsal with Rhythm and Blues Orchestra 14.11.01


Iain has led the first rehearsal of a new student-run Rhythm and Blues Orchestra at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Recording of 'I Am Jim Moray' EP backing strings at Birmingham Conservatoire studio 22.10.01


Iain has conducted the backing strings for the recording of the track 'Come With Me' for the debut EP 'I am Jim Moray' by folk artist Jim Moray at Birmingham Conservatoire in studio 1.

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Iain first rehearsal with Birmingham Concert Orchestra 22.10.01


Iain has started his role as apprentice conductor with Birmingham Concert Orchestra alongside Conductor Dr. Roy Lehrle, conducting senior orchestral players for the first time.
 

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Iain is to co-direct Birmingham Conservatoire Composer's Ensemble 2001-2 17.09.01


Iain Masson and Sam Graper have been selected as co-directors of Birmingham Conservatoire Composers' Ensemble in the 2001-2 academic year.
 

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National Finals with Arbroath Instrumental Band 15.09.01


Iain Masson has performed as a dep player with Arbroath Instrumental Band in the National Finals at the Guildhall in Preston, conducted by Michael Robertson.

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Iain to guest conduct Birmingham Concert Orchestra as apprentice 11.09.01


Iain has been invited to conduct a piece with Birmingham Concert Orchestra as apprentice conductor alongside Conductor Dr. Roy Lehrle. The association will allow Iain the opportunity to develop conducting skills in working with and leading senior community orchestra players.
 

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Iain conducts Arbroath Instrumental Band in Wellgate Centre fundraiser, Dundee 11.08.01


Iain Masson has guest conducted Arbroath Instrumental Band at the Wellgate Shopping Centre, Dundee, in his first brass band appearance as a conductor. Iain is grateful to Michael Robertson and the Band to have been asked to step in. The band was raising funds to travel to the National Finals in Preston.

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Iain's final Swallow Hotel Dundee shift! 26.07.01


Iain Masson, a student of Birmingham Conservatoire, has performed his last shift as Resident Pianist of the Swallow Hotel Dundee, bringing an end to four years association with the Swallow Hotel Group. Iain was delighted to return to the hotel this summer following a year of study in Birmingham. He begins his second year in September.

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Iain conducts Rock Night! Adrian Boult Hall rocks Paradise Place 30.03.01


Iain Masson was conductor for the inaugural Birmingham Conservatoire Rock Night. He conducted the premieres of Doug Oates' Song Cycle for Rock Group and Orchestra (featuring the Spacehoppers) followed by Steven Brown's 'Into the Age of Aquarius', part of the Music Xtra Festival 2001. 

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NSYO 2001 Castleton Hall Orchestral Weekend 09.03.01


Iain Masson conducted the New Streetly Youth Orchestra on its March 2001 trip to Castleton Hall, Derbyshire, despite the Foot and Mouth disease causing huge disruption around the country. The Orchestra, which was firstly scheduled to hold the weekend in Ilam, switched the venue to Edale, and finally ended up in Castleton after much organisational chaos! Organisers endured much upheaval trying to secure a venue for the musicians to stay in. The Orchestra members enjoyed the opportunity to rehearse and have some fun, making big improvements over the three day trip.  

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New mentor at Birmingham Conservatoire 14.09.00

Iain will study with Professor John Mayor as he starts his second year of study at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Concert with National Youth Brass Band of Scotland at Younger Hall, St Andrews  01.08.00

Iain has performed for the final time as a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, under the direction of Richard Evans. The Band's 42nd summer concert took place in the Younger Hall in St. Andrews.

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Debut Millennium Gala Concert with New Streetly Youth Orchestra 15.07.00

Iain made his debut as a conductor this evening, conducting his first concert as Principal Conductor of the New Streetly Youth Orchestra at the Aldridge Youth Theatre. 

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Tuba piece 'On Platform Two' ABH premiere 14.03.00

Iain has premiered his new theatrical sketch for tuba, 'On Platform 2', in the Adrian Boult Hall receiving wonderful feedback.

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New Streetly Youth Orchestra conducting role 12.03.00

Iain has become the Principal Conductor of the New Streetly Youth Orchestra in Sutton Coldfield. 

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NINEWELLS HOSPITAL FUNDRAISER 20.08.99

Iain and charity band 'Lucky to Be Here' has played at a charity dance in aid of the Renal Unit at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.

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BAND TOUR OF FRANCE 14th - 21st July '99

Iain has gone on tour in France for the second time with Carnoustie High School wind band and choir. The groups performed at V.V.F. Canterelle in Evian Les Bains, secondly at Les Rives Du Leman School, and finally in the open-air Theatre Du Chateau in Disneyland Paris, under Sleeping Beauty's Castle. The band also travelled across the Lake Leman to Lausanne and Geneva, where they visited the United Nations building and the Olympic Museum. Pictured above outside the Chateau in Aubigny.

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DR. KENNETH BROWNE MEMORIAL SALVER FOR CITIZENSHIP AWARD 14.07.99

Iain Masson is the proud recipient of the 1999 Dr Kenneth Browne Memorial Award for Citizenship, presented by the Provost of Angus at Carnoustie High School Theatre.

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SCOTTISH/GERMAN CONSULATE IN EDINBURGH AWARD FOR GERMAN 14.07.99

Iain was the proud recipient of the Scottish/German Consulate in Edinburgh Award for German language.

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EUAN CRABB FUNDRAISER 06.06.99

Iain has played non-stop for a mammoth 8 hours in order to raise funds for Euan Crabb, a boy with autism from Carnoustie, whose parents aim to raise £10,000 to send their son to Boston for pioneering therapy. 

Dundee Courier:  'Around the four hour mark, my fingers were really killing me, but at about six hours I seemed to break through the pain barrier!'. The event was a success, and raised over £650 for the appeal.

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WIGMORE'S 15.04.99

Iain has begun to play piano at Wigmore's Wine Bar, Bistro and Restaurant on Sunday afternoons and evening alongside his work as Resident Pianist at the Swallow Hotel, Dundee. 

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C.H.S. CHRISTMAS SHOW 15.12.98

The premiere of Iain Masson's commissioned opening and closing numbers to the 1998 Carnoustie Christmas Show has been sung by the chorus with live accompaniment in the Carnoustie High School Theatre. Iain is grateful to all the performers, and to his teacher Mr J W Joss for commissioning it!

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IAIN ACCEPTS UNCONDITIONAL PLACE OF STUDY AT BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE 15.12.98

Iain Masson has been offered an unconditional place of study at Birmingham Conservatoire, and has accepted the offer. Iain will begin his studies in September 1999 in the School of Composition and Creative Studies.

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BRONZE AT NORTHERN COUNTIES COMPETITIVE EVENT 09.12.98

Iain gained Third Place in the Northern Counties Schools Solo Competition for Brass, qualifying for the Scottish Finals at Livingston.

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BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE AUDITION 05.12.98

Iain Masson has auditioned for a place at Birmingham Conservatoire on the Composition and Creative Studies course to study Composition.

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IAIN OFFERED UNCONDITIONAL PLACE AT ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC 03.12.98

Iain Masson has been offered an unconditional place of study in the School of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music following a successful audition.

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AUDITION AT ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC 28.11.98

Iain Masson has auditioned for the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on the Composition course.

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BBC RADIO 2 AND NYBBS 40TH ANNIVERSARY RECORDING 01.08.98

Iain Masson has taken part as a playing member of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland in its 40th Anniversary Concert, conducted by Frank Renton and recorded live for BBC Radio 2's 'Listen to the Band.'

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RECORDING SESSION WITH NYBBS, YOUNGER HALL ST. ANDREWS 30.07.98

Iain Masson has taken part in a recording session as a National Youth Brass Band of Scotland member at the Younger Hall in St. Andrews, culminating in the creation of the national band's first professional CD, 'Music for a Brass Band'. The 40th Anniversary course, recording and concert was conducted by Frank Renton.
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YOUNG ACHIEVER IN MUSIC AWARD 25.06.98

Iain Masson is proud to have been presented with a 'Young Achiever in Music' award from the Director of Eduction in an awards ceremony in Forfar.

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FORFAR INSTRUMENTAL BAND CHALLENGE CUP WINNERS WITH ARBROATH INSTRUMENTAL BAND BASS QUARTET 14.03.98

Iain Masson and his tuba quartet colleagues have won the Forfar Instrumental Band Challenge Cup at the Arbroath and District (Competitive) Music Festival on 14th March 1998, in the Open Senior brass ensembles category. The ensemble was conducted by Ernest Gerrard.

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EVELYN FORBES RUARK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT FOR SOLO PIANO PERFORMANCE 07.03.98

Iain Masson has received the Evelyn Forbes Ruark Memorial Scholarship for solo piano performance in the Arbroath and District (Competitive) Music Festival on 7th March 1998. 

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MISS K.H. MCLAUCHLAN CUP WINNER FOR PIANO PERFORMANCE 07.03.98

Iain Masson has won the Miss K.H. McLauchlan Cup for solo piano performance in the Arbroath and District (Competitive) Music Festival for solo piano performance on 5th March 1998.

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DR. AND MRS. WILLIAM CHRISTIE ROSEBOWL RECIPIENTS IN PIANO TRIO COMPETITION 05.03.98


Iain Masson and his piano trio colleagues Joanne Wylie and Victoria Wharton have won the 1998 Dr. and Mrs William Christie Rosebowl in the Arbroath and District (Competitive) Music Festival Piano Trio Competition. 
 
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FRANCE/SWITZERLAND TOUR WITH CARNOUSTIE BAND 1997 06.07.97


Iain has travelled to France and Switzerland with the Carnoustie High School Wind Band, performing in venues including EuroDisney, at Orleans Cathedral and by the Chateau in Aubigny-Sur-Nere in the presence of the Town Mayor. 
 
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