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Ian Porthouse

Cornet soloist, clinician, conductor and adjudicator

Ian Porthouse

Contact details

53 Cwm Braenar, Pontllanfraith, Blackwood, Gwent NP12 2DS

  ianporthouse@hotmail.com
  
  07966 258450


More about Ian

Ian Porthouse was born in Cumbria in 1967 into a family of musicians. His father, a cornettist and mother a pianist/singer. At the age of 5 he began to take an interest in his dads trumpet, before being banned from playing for a short while for losing his fathers best mouthpiece whilst playing outdoors!

Ian joined the Flimby Saxhorn Silver Band on 3rd cornet where his father was principal cornet, within 5 years he would take over on the end 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 musical career.

At the age of 16, Ian became the leader of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and led the band for 3 years in total.

Richard Evans invited Ian to join the Leyland Vehicles Band in 1984 and within 6 months he was the new principal cornet at the age of 17.

He went on to play with the Desford Colliery Band under James Watson, becoming National Champions 3 years in succession.
Ian has appeared as guest soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on a TV soundtrack- Yorkshire Glory, conducted by Vernon Handley.

After living in New Zealand for a year and winning the national title with the St Kilda Band, Ian returned to the UK and became principal cornet with the Black Dyke Mills Band, winning another National title in 1993 and appearing as a soloist with them in the world famous Carnegie Hall- New York.
Ian has been principal cornet with the Yorkshire Building Society Band, winning 3 European Championships and the British Open in 1997, at this contest Ian was awarded the prize as most outstanding soloist.

In 1998 Ian became musical director of the newly formed Pennine Brass, taking them from the 2nd section to the championship in 2 years.

Ian gained another 2 National Championship wins with the Williams Fairey Band in 2002 and 2003 under Alan Withington.
As well as working for Rochdale Music Service, Ian is Director of Brass Band Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, tutor to the National Youth Brass Band and for the Band Studies Course at Accrington and Rossendale College, again working with Richard Evans.

Last year Ian formed his own 12 piece brass ensemble, IPBrass, who have performed at many prestigious venues in their short existence culminating in the gala concert at the 2006 National Brass Band Championships held in the Royal Albert Hall and broadcast on BBC radio.

Recent conducting projects include several concerts with Grimethorpe Colliery Band and M.D. of this years European Youth Brass Band as part of the European Championships held in Birmingham.

Ian has recently taken up the position of musical director with Tredegar Town Band and is looking forward to a long and successful relationship with this famous band.

In June this year Ian recorded a selection of solos along with Nick Hudson and Steve Sykes accompanied by Pennine Brass for Brass Band Aid, of which Ian is a trustee.

Ian is married to Leanne, a fine cornettist herself and primary school teacher, and they have a son who goes by the name of Harry James Porthouse!

 

 



Newstead Brass - Christmas at the Proms

Friday 14 December • Woodborough Village Hall, Lingwood Lane, Nottingham NG14 6DX


Black Dyke Band - Huddersfield Town Hall

Friday 14 December • Huddersfield Town Hall, Corporation Street HD1 2TA


Regent Hall Concerts - Jingle Bell Brass

Friday 14 December • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London . W1C 2DJ


Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Friday 14 December • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


Enderby Band - Hinckley Rock Choir

Friday 14 December • Salvation Army Hall. Lancaster Road. Hinckley. Leicestershire LE10 0AW


Freckleton Band

December 14 • Freckleton Band have a vacancy for a 2nd baritone player. The band has been promoted to the Championship section from 2019 and have a balanced concert and contest programme. Rehearsal nights are Mondays and Thursdays.


Trentham Brass Band

December 14 • Solo Trombone, Bb bass and front row cornet required to complete line up for coming months at Trentham Brass. Based in Stoke on Trent with easy access to M6, in our own band room, this friendly 3rd Section band would welcome enquiries


The Corsham Band

December 13 • Due to work commitments, a vacancy has arisen for a Tenor Trombone player. First or Second position available. We are a newly promoted Second Section band with a friendly and enthusiastic team.


David Frame


Bass/Tenor Trombone Player, Adjudicator (Member of AoBBA) Occasional Conductor