Fisher, Ian

Originally from the Wirral, Ian Fisher was taught to play the cornet by champion soloist and brass band conductor James Scott before switching to the horn, mainly because he liked the sound but with the additional incentive that the lessons coincided with a double period of Latin on Wednesday afternoons. After studying with Sydney Coulston at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he won the Hiles medal, Ian joined the orchestra of London Festival Ballet then moved to the Scottish National Orchestra and ultimately became a member of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with whom he toured the world playing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, New York; the Musikverein, Vienna; and … the Sun Centre, Rhyl. He retired from the BBC in 2017 after over thirty years in the horn section during which time he also appeared as guest principal with many other British orchestras.

Acknowledging myriad formative influences, he includes among their number Dennis Brain, Philip Farkas, and Bill Shankly.

Although having missed out on most of his school Latin lessons, Ian learnt just enough to say that RWCMD music students' hard work is a sine qua non of their success.