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Black Dyke's Brett Baker to star in Oxted Spring Concert

posted 29 Mar 2014, 04:03 by Admin   [ updated 29 Mar 2014, 04:30 ]
Oxted Band are delighted to announce our Spring Concert this year which will feature the internationally acclaimed trombone soloist Brett Baker, principal trombone of the world-famous Black Dyke Band, in the first of this year's 'Stars of Brass' concerts.

Along with accompanying Brett, the Oxted Band will also be contributing music old and new, popular and classical, and some brass band favourites.

The concert takes place at St John's Church in Hurst Green, Surrey RH8 9EA on Saturday April 26th commencing at 7:30pm.  Tickets priced at £10 (£5 for children) are available on the door, or in advance either by phone on 01883 716523 or in person from White's Estate Agents in Oxted.

Brett Baker BSc., ARCM, PG Dip., MA, PGCE

Principal trombone of the Black Dyke Band, Past-President of the British Trombone Society, and a clinician for Michael Rath Brass Instruments, Brett Baker is viewed as one of Europe’s leading brass performers and educators, and is passionate about encouraging composers to write pioneering new solo repertoire for the tenor trombone.

He is the most recorded trombone soloist in the UK and by the age of 24 had won every major British brass band competition.

Originally from Gloucestershire in 1992 Brett moved north to study at Salford University, simultaneously joining the Fairey Band and having many contest successes. He studied with Professor David King, whilst also taking Business Economics.

In 2000 he was invited to join the Black Dyke Band under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Childs having further contest successes. As well as a playing schedule of 100 concerts a year Brett enjoys presenting workshops specializing in solo performance.

In addition to his work as a performer, he is also acquiring a burgeoning reputation as a conductor and adjudicator. Having associations with many youth bands in the North of England, Brett has also achieved contest success with Northop, Ratby and Longridge bands. As an adjudicator Brett has judged many competitions and festivals including the International Trombone Association in the USA and the National Solo Championships in Switzerland. In the brass band arena he has adjudicated at the Championship section level in Wychavon Festival of Brass; Buxton Festival; The Cornish Brass Band Association; and the Scottish Area Regional Championships.

Brett has been keen to promote new music for the trombone and has been involved with over one hundred commissions for the trombone.

Due to increasing commitments Brett Baker has decided to step down from his regular duties at Principal Trombone at Black Dyke Band effective after the European Championships in May 2014. Brett will continue to be associated with the band, and will continue to develop projects such as the junior and youth quartets within the Black Dyke family, where he has been a member for the past 14 years.

Brett commented “I have found it difficult to balance commitments at the University of Salford as Programme leader as well as several outreach projects I oversee, plus global Trombone related activities, private teaching and Black Dyke. I have very much enjoyed conducting the University of Salford Brass Band and other opportunities to conduct such as with Leyland Band last year. So this year I want to focus more on conducting whilst continuing to play when the opportunity arises. I have been conducting bands since 1999 when I visited Australia and worked with the Kew Band, since 2010 I have studied conducting as Salford University with guidance from Howard Evans, Howard Snell and Nicholas Childs, I knew then it was something I wanted to focus on when the timing was right”.

Brett continued “I plan to take on as much conducting experience as possible over the next few months with the aim of finding a permanent post later in the year, this means being available on rehearsal nights with bands and hence my decision sadly to step down from regular playing with Black Dyke after 14 enjoyable years, I’m looking forward to a new chapter, but I certainly will not turn my back on the trombone playing and my busy schedule as a teacher”