Musical Director - Ian Holmes

Ian HolmesIan Holmes started his musical career as a pianist and tuba player, and as a conductor has worked with a wide variety of orchestras, choirs and brass bands. He graduated from the University of York and was subsequently offered scholarships to attend Banff Center of Fine Arts in Canada and the Royal College of Music where he studied tuba, conducting and piano accompaniment.

Ian toured Italy as principal tuba with the London Brass Virtuosi, recorded Music for Brass and Percussion (Hyperion) and has performed with the Wilbraham Brass Soloists and Sun Life Band. As a piano accompanist, he has broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 accompanying the Childs Brothers and recently recorded music by Huug Steketee with euphonium player Lyndon Baglin.

Ian was Musical Director of the City of Hull Youth Symphony Orchestra and Bristol Schools’ Philharmonia; orchestral repertoire includes Dvorak Symphony No. 8, Elgar Cello Concerto and Holst The Planets. He has guest conducted Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, City of Bristol Choir, Treorchy Male Choir and Wells Choral Society; choral credits include Fanshawe African Sanctus, Verdi Requiem and Walton Belshazzar’s Feast.

Ian has worked with many top brass bands including the Cory Band where he was the Resident Conductor and in 2014 led Jaguar Landrover Band to sixth place out of seventy-six in the Greenfield section of the Whit Friday marches. He is Principal Conductor with Lydbrook Band, touring with them to Barcelona and featuring on the National Lottery Christmas TV advert in 2013; he conducted the premiere of Silver Rose with Robert Hardy CBE in November 2014.

Ian is currently Director of the University of the West of England Centre for Performing Arts where amongst his diverse roles he organises large-scale concerts at Colston Hall and Bristol Cathedral, conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and is Musical Director of the 150-strong University Singers.