Iain Sutherland

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Iain Sutherland is a retired Scottish conductor, birth name Thomas Rafferty, born in 1935.[1] In 1967 he was appointed Conductor of the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra in Glasgow. Previously he had been an orchestral and session violinist in London playing in the LPO, Philharmonia and ECO under such conductors as Adrian Boult, Malcolm Sargent, Charles Groves and Georg Solti. Sutherland was the conductor of the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra until a major restructuring was initiated by BBC in 1972 to reduce its coverage of light music. The orchestra was officially closed in 1981.[2]

In 1973 Sutherland returned to London and was regularly invited by BBC Radio 2 as guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra for the "Friday Night Is Music Night" programme. In the 1980s he was appointed the principal conductor of the BBC Radio Orchestra and worked with other orchestras across Europe. These include the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hallé, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, Graz Symphony, BRTN Philharmonic (Brussels), NDR Philharmonic (Hannover), Dessau Philharmonic, Brazilian National Symphony, Flemish Radio Philharmonic, Maribor Philharmonic, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, and the orchestras of SWF (Kaiserslautern), NRK (Oslo) and NOS (Hilversum). In 1988 he formed the City of Glasgow Philharmonic Orchestra, which he continued to conduct until 1997 when it became insolvent. Between 1988 and 2008 he conducted annually at Kenwood House, Glamis Castle and other stately homes during the annual Summer Proms Season. From 1999 until 2008 he was an occasional guest Conductor of the annual English Haydn Festival. International soloists with he has performed include Larry Adler; Moira Anderson; Nicola Benedetti; Shirley Bassey; Alfie Boe;Sarah Brightman; Marlene Dietrich; Maria Ewing; James Galway; Evelyn Glennie; Nigel Kennedy; Lebeque Sisters; Julian Lloyd-Webber; Tasmin Little; Benjamin Luxon; Kenneth McKellar; Sherrill Milnes; Denis O'Neill; Joshua Rifkin; George Shearing; Mel Torme; Robert Tear; Willard White. Iain Sutherland's varied repertoire encompasses baroque, classical,romantic and contemporary works as well as the light repertoire of Vienna, Hollywood, Broadway and International Light Music.He conducted Britten's "War Requiem" in Bratislava with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus commemorating the 50th. anniversary of the end of WW2, and the Mozart "Requiem" in London with the London Orpheus Chorus and Philharmonic Orchestra on 7th.July, the first anniversary of the "7/7" terrorist attack.

Sutherland was a director of the Performing Artists' Media Rights Association, a member of the Committee of the British Music Writers Council and of the Central Music Advisory Committee of the BBC and the Council of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and Warden of the Performers and Composers section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

The Iain Sutherland Concert Orchestra can be heard regularly on Classic FM, where his last four albums of International Light Music were all chosen as Featured Album.

He has also been honoured to conduct for many Royal Charity concerts with star soloists and the English Chamber Orchestra, at St.James' Palace and Whitehall Palace attended by the Royal Patrons of the charities involved, and also the Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium. Laying aside his baton he has taken part in many varied radio and television programmes including the panel game "Call My Bluff", and has spoken at the Oxford Union. He is married to Barbara and has one son, Sean and a daughter, Tamsin [3]