The Ian Porthouse profile - feat001
Born: 17th November 1967
First Band: Flimby Saxhorn Silver Band
Subsequent bands: Leyland DAF; Desford Colliery; Black Dyke
Mills; Tredegar; Yorkshire Building Society;
Current banding status: Principal Cornet Tredegar Town Band,
freelance soloist, Musical Director Pennine Brass and Northop Bands
Greatest influences: Musically, my parents and Richard
Evans when I really needed it: Financially - Leanne my fiancée:
Socially – my own inability to hold down copious amounts of lager.
Best moments: Playing with Philip Smith, Principal Trumpet
of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall. Winning
the Open and Europeans with YBS; Best Instrumentalist prize British
Open 1997 on Whitsun Wakes; Winning the Nationals hat-trick with
Worse moment: Concert in Holland under James Watson, where
he gave me the best introduction I ever had about me as a player.
Unfortunately, my valve got stuck as soon as I started to play and
I couldn’t produce any type of sound at all. The audience was stunned
to hear this supposedly “brilliant” cornet player sounding like
a five year old learner player. I’ve never seen James Watson so
embarrassed in my life!
Motto: “What do you always put on a sore lip?
Achievements as a player: See above. I’m also chuffed with
getting an O level at music (grade A – honest!) and Grade 5 Associated
Board Exam (I was bored with the pieces after that)
Achievements as conductor: 1st Section Area winners with
Flimby in 1993 (my first conducting job!); Winning Yorkshire Areas
Second Section in 2000 with Pennine and coming runners-up at the
Albert Hall with the band later in the year.
Who would you like to be stuck on a Fantasy Desert Island with?
Jennifer Lopez (but don’t tell Leanne) – She knows now- Editor.
Eastenders or Coronation Street? Never at home to see them!
I had a thing about Rita Fairclough when I was 17 though.
Which aspect of your appearance would you change? I’d like
to add an inch or two in some places and lose a few in others –
apart from that I’m fairly happy.
Top football team? Carlisle United…... seriously! Most difficult
test piece? “Masquerade”, “Montage” and anything with a solo in!
Most difficult cornet solo? Ernest Tomlinson Cornet Concerto
– seriously rock hard.
The initials of the person you most dislike in the World.
I.F. and D.C. After New Years Eve they have a lot to answer for.
Who do people mistakenly think you look like? Years ago
when I had a “mullet” hairdo and small ‘tash people thought I looked
like Alan Morrison’s little brother.
Ambitions: Just to keep improving.
A little bit of gossip? I’m getting married to Leanne on
4th August so any advice and donations will be welcome!