Ian Fasham, Principal Bass Trombone


Ian started off his musical life as a tenor trombone player at the age of 11. From the start he was fascinated by the look of the bass trombone (with all that extra tubing) and the sound of the low notes that it could make. He joined Kent county Youth Orchestra at the age of 13, and was loaned his first real bass trombone!

Ian went to the Royal College of Music in 1978, and studied with Gerry McElhone who was the bass trombone player at Covent Garden. Having the opportunity to go along to rehearsals as Gerry’s student started Ian’s passion for opera.

He has worked as a freelance musician since leaving college, and has had the pleasure of being involved with the Brighton Philharmonic for quite a few years now, but can’t remember exactly how long!

He also works regularly with, among others, Glyndebourne, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Garsington Opera.  He is fortunate to be involved in recording some film scores every now and again, and since 1985 he has been the bass trombone player of the London Mozart Players.

Away from the trombone, Ian has a wife (also a professional musician) and two school age children. When they get the chance, as a family they like to enjoy the outdoors and countries with warm climates!