Conducted by Dr. Nicholas Childs
Brett Baker Trombone
Ruth Webb Piano
As part of completing his Doctor of Musical Arts study at Salford, Brett will present a lecture recital on significant solos for the brass band trombonist. During his time here at Salford he has been able to apply his doctoral work with Salford students in a variety of classes especially in performance technique and other associated areas of performance practice.
The programme will include the premiere of the ‘Rob Wiffins Concerto for Band and Dance Sequence’ by Gareth Wood, ‘Sonata’ by Derek Bourgeois and many other rarely heard compositions written for the trombone.
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. Passionate to encourage composers to write pioneering new solo repertoire for the tenor trombone, Brett 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, Brett began studying at the University of Salford in 1992, simultaneously joining The Fairey Band and receiving 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 winning further competition successes and accolades. Brett has always remained keen to promote new music for the trombone and has been involved with over one hundred commissions specifically created to be performed by the trombone.
Alongside his playing schedule of over 100 concerts a year, Brett also enjoys presenting workshops specialising 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 USA International Trombone Association and Switzerland’s National Solo Championships. 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.
Venue: Peel Hall, University of Salford, M5 4WT