Sunday Bandstand 1 August 2021

Sunday Bandstand 1 August 2021

Ian Porthouse was born in Cumbria in 1967 into a family of musicians: his father was a cornetist and mother a pianist/singer.

At the age of five he began to take an interest in his dad's trumpet and joined Flimby Saxhorn Silver Band on 3rd Cornet where his father was principal cornet; within five years he would take over the end chair himself.

Also, around this time Ian became a founder member of the Cumbria Youth Brass Band under Richard Evans, who was to have a big impact on his career.

At the age of 16, Ian became the leader of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and led the band for three years in total.

Richard Evans invited Ian to join the Leyland Vehicles Band in 1984 and within six months he was the new principal cornet at the age of 17.

In 1987 he went on to play with Desford Colliery Band under James Watson; the band became National Champions three years in succession.

In 1992, Ian was appointed Principal Cornet with the Black Dyke Mills Band, a position held by only five people in the previous 40 years, leading them to victory at the National Championships in the Royal Albert Hall in 1994.

During this time he played in such illustrious venues as the Carnegie Hall in New York and featured as a soloist with Phillip Smith, Principal Trumpet with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

In January 1995, Ian joined the Tredegar Town Band as Principal Cornet and resident conductor. He also conducted the Tredegar Youth Band and took them from National youth section to National 3rd section in two years.

1997 saw Ian accept an invitation to become Principal Cornet with the Yorkshire Building Society Brass Band under Musical Director David King. In that year, the band retained its European Champions title and became British Open Champion for the first time in its history, with Ian gaining the award for most outstanding soloist.

In 1999 Ian became musical director of Pennine Brass, taking them from the 2nd Section to the Championship Section in two years, including consecutive appearances at the National Brass Band Championships in 2000 and 2001, and numerous other contest victories, including the French Open title in 2001.

Ian gained another two National Championship wins with the Williams Fairey Band in 2002 and 2003 under Alan Withington.

Ian took up the baton with Tredegar Town Band in 2008 and has led the band to the National Finals every year since. Ian is also the only conductor ever to lead a band to victory at the Grand Shield and British Open in the same year with Tredegar’s memorable double in 2010.

Ian is currently Director of Brass Band Studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire and is in high demand as a professional conductor, tutor and adjudicator.

 This week we are featuring Tredegar Town Band with Ian conducting the band 

Playlist 1 August 2021 

Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Triple Gold - Goff Richards Christie-Tyler Cory Band MD: Brian Howard - 1989  'Brass From the Valleys' - Cassette - Polyphonic CPRIL 044D - 1989
Fantasia (For Mechanical Organ) - Mozart arr. Malcolm Sargent Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: Geoffrey Brand - 1990  'The Composers Choice' - CD - Harlequin Recording HAR1122CD - 1990
Arioso and Allegro - Joseph Hector Fiocco arr. Robert Childs Euphonium Soloist Byron 'Buzz' Newton with the Wellington Brass Band 10 piece ensemble) (New Zealand) MD: David Bremner - 2014  'Kiwi Dragon' - CD - Rata Records RT028 - 2014
Roman War Song - Wagner  Massed Bands Brighouse and Rastrick & Sellers Engineering with the massed Yorkshire Male Voice Choir MD: William Relton - 1994  'The White Rose - A Festival of Yorkshire Music at the Royal Albert Hall, London - CD - Polyphonic QPRZ 016D - 1994
The Old Rugged Cross - arr. James Morrison Trumpet Soloist James Morrison (Australia) with the Foden's Band MD: Nicholas Childs - 2000  'Centenary Brass - Foden's Courtois Band' - DCD - Doyen Recording DOY CD100 - 2000
Fantasy of Moto Perpetuo - Howard Snell Britannia Building Society Band MD: Howard Snell - 2017  'Celebration 80th Birthday Tribute for Howard Snell' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD365 - 2017
The American Dream - Elgar Howarth Eikanger Bjorsvik Musikklag (Norway) MD: Elgar Howarth  - 1995  'Kings Messenger' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD 047 - 1995
Here they Come - John  Larsson International Staff Band of the Salvation Army BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2018  'Larsson in Brass - The Music of John Larsson' - CD - SP& S CD413 - 2018
Voyage to Worlds Unknown - Peter Graham New York Staff Band (USA) BM: Ron Waiksnoris - 2012  'Pressing Onward' - CD - SP&S 300CD - 2012
Bergenhus March - Helge Afloy arr: Ray Farr Scottish Co-op Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2003  'Highland Cathedral' - CD - MF Records CD9508 - 2003
Ballet Music from William Tell - Rossini arr. Denis Wright CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1969  'Concert Choice' -  Vinyl - Fontana ‎– STL5480 - 1969
Elegy from the Downland Suite - John Ireland Williams Fairey Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1990  'All England Brass Masters Volume 1 - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 046D - 1990
Ida and Dot - William Rimmer  Cornet Duet with James Shepherd and his daughter Claire with the Yorkshire Electricity (Drighlington ) Band MD: Tony Whitaker - 1996  'Gentleman Jim' - CD - Kirklees Music Recording KRCD1028 - 1996
Cornets A Go-Go -  Derek Broadbent  Cornet feature: Sharon Pond, Chris Cannings, Rosemary Chatfield, Matthew Jacobs & Fred Smithers with the Cranbrook Town Band MD: Ian Lanceley  - 1997  'Kentish Suite' - CD - Recording Engineer Roland Clarke - 1997
Dance Hongroise - Delibes arr. Edrich Siebert Hammonds Sauce Works Band MD: Geoffrey Whitham - 1979  'Spectacular Brass' - Vinyl - Polyphonic – PRL 001 - 1979
Carnival in Paris - Frank Hughes Royal Doulton Band MD: Edward Gray - 1977  'Brass Aria' - Vinyl - Top Brass Series Pye Records – TBX 3014 - 1977
The Bells of Peover - Philip Doe Flugel Horn Soloist Florian Klingler  with Brass Band Froschl Hall (Austria) MD: Hannes Buchegger - 2004  'Song and Dance' - CD - Silton Recording  0548 - 2004
Ad Astra – Jacob Vilhelm Larsen Tredegar Town Band MD: Ian Porthouse – 2013  'Travels - The Music and Arrangements of Jacob Vilhelm Larsen'  - CD - Avanti: TIC002 -2013
Salut d'Amour - Sir Edward Elgar Cornet Soloist  Derek M. Garside CWS (Manchester) Band MD Alex Mortimer - 1959    'The Famous CWS (Manchester) Band' - Vinyl - Fontana Recording TFL 5066 - 1959
I'll Walk With God - Nicholas Brodszky / Paul Webster arr. Goff Richards  Buy as You View Cory Band MD: Dr Robert Childs - 2005  'Master Brass Volume 16 - 2005 All England Championships Highlights' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 220D - 2005
Pomp And Circumstance No. 1 - Sir Edward Elgar arr. Denis Wright  Honley Male Voice Choir and Honley Ladies Choir with Sellers Engineering Band MD: Philip McCann - 1998  'Land of Hope and Glory' - CD - Doyen Recording  DOYCD095 - 1998
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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