GRSM, ARMCM (performer), ARMCM (teacher)

Tony Swainson is a graduate of the Royal Manchester College of Music, now the RNCM, where he studied tuba, piano and composition.

He made his professional debut with the Halle Orchestra under Barbirolli in 1968. Having freelanced with various orchestras and ensembles in NW England he moved to Scotland as principal Tuba with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 3 years later. Shortly afterwards in 1972 he begun his long association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formally the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama), becoming the Conservatoire’s first specialist tuba teacher.  Away from his BBC commitments he also played with all the other professional orchestras in Scotland. In December 1997 he decided to relinquish his BBCSSO position to spend more time teaching, conducting and composing/arranging.

As a conductor Tony has enjoyed considerable success with Scotland’s elite brass bands as well as several in England and Norway. He has appeared at all of the major competitions throughout Great Britain and Scandinavia both as a conductor and as an adjudicator, enjoying prize winning performances with the Whitburn Band at the prestigious European Brass Band Championships.  Tony has  also directed professional string and wind ensembles for the BBC and has numerous TV, radio and commercial recordings to his credit.

At the Conservatoire he is a senior brass lecturer and professor of Tuba.  Many of his students now hold positions with orchestras around the world. Tony also frequently directs the Conservatoire’s various wind and brass ensembles.  Elsewhere he is often seen tutoring the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and has directed the NYOS Easter repertoire course.