Biography

"Steeped in the English choral tradition...Douglas Mason's music is inventive and accessible, beautifully structured and crafted, offering much for both performers and audiences alike.  A freshness and vitality of spirit imbue his music with great character and quality."
- David Heyes, Recital Music



Douglas Mason is a British composer who began his musical education as a chorister in Gloucester Cathedral Choir under the late organist and composer, Dr. John Sanders OBE.  He s
tudied the French horn with Mark Foster, a founder member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, read Music at Durham University and went on to train as a music teacher at Leeds University while singing professionally as a lay clerk in the Choir of Leeds Minster.  Having also gained considerable experience as a freelance French horn player, Douglas now works as a full-time member of the Academic Music Department and choral training staff at Chetham's School of Music, the internationally renowned specialist music school in Manchester, England.  In addition to this and his work as a composer, for several years he sang with the William Byrd Singers, directed by Stephen Wilkinson MBE.
 
As a performer, Douglas has sung and played extensively in the UK and abroad in numerous venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall in London to St. Mark's Basilica in Venice.  He has appeared on many television and radio broadcasts for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and on recordings for several labels including Abbey, Priory and ASC records.  He has also performed in many festivals and has been a vocal soloist at the historic Three Choirs Festival.

As a composer, Douglas was first published at the age of 25.  His music has been performed in the UK, Canada and the United States, broadcast live on radio on a number of occasions and his carol, Videntes Stellam, was featured in the BBC1 series, Christmas City.  In 2016, Douglas was joint winner of the Three Choirs Festival Composition Competition, this being during a time which has also seen a significant increase in the number of performances of his works.  In addition to publisher commissions, Douglas has written and arranged music for several schools.  His compositions are published by Animus Music Publishing, Encore Publications and Recital Music.