Director of Music, The Central Band of the RAF

Flight Lieutenant Chris I'Anson BMus(Hons) LRSM LTCL LLCM RAF

Director of Music Band of the RAF Regiment

Flight Lieutenant Chris I’Anson began his professional music career as a freelance percussionist and also worked as a percussion teacher for North Ayrshire Council. A number of his former pupils have gone on to study music and are now pursuing successful musical careers of their own. In 2001 he was the recipient of the Yamaha Scottish Instrumental Teacher of the Year Award.

Joining the Royal Air Force in 2003, Flight Lieutenant I’Anson completed Initial Recruit Training and RAF Music Services Familiarisation Training and was subsequently posted to The Central Band of the Royal Air Force. In 2006, he completed his Bachelor of Music degree with first class honours from the London College of Music. In 2009, he gained the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) diploma in Music Direction and was awarded the Cassel Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians as the best RAF Music Services student of that year. During his ten years with the Central Band, Flight Lieutenant I’Anson performed in venues all over the world including Poland, Moscow, Canada, Cyprus and Gibraltar. He regularly featured as a soloist, including on four UK ‘RAF in Concert’ tours.

Selected for commission as a Director of Music, Flight Lieutenant I’Anson graduated from Initial Officer Training in December 2013 and was appointed Director of Music of the Band of the RAF Regiment based at Royal Air Force College Cranwell in March 2014. Following the restructuring of RAF Music Services in March 2015, he continued in the post of Director of Music of the Band of the RAF Regiment in its new location at RAF Northolt. On 31 July 2017, Flight Lieutenant I’Anson was appointed to his current position of Director of Music of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. He is delighted to be returning to the Central Band where he served for the majority of his career as a Royal Air Force Musician.

Chris lives in Uxbridge with his wife and two children. Outside of work his interests include reading, hillwalking, tennis and supporting his children in their various sporting and musical activities.

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