Ian Porthouse began his musical career aged nine with Flimby Saxhorn Silver Band in Cumbria. He has been conducting the Tredegar Town Band since 2007 who have progressed to be one of the world’s leading ensembles. Ian has appeared as soloist all over the world in venues as far afield as Carnegie Hall, New York to the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. He has held the position of Head of Brass Band Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire for over ten years and is professional conductor of Brass Band Oberosterreich, the double Austrian champions and music adviser to ECV, one of Switzerland’s premier brass bands. Recent events include appearances in the award winning film Pride, on screen and soundtrack.