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Darius Battiwalla and Dr Brett Baker
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Darius Battiwalla and Dr Brett Baker

Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music 2018/19

Darius Battiwalla - organ (Leeds City Organist)
Dr Brett Baker - solo trombone (Black Dyke Band)

Pergolesi - Sinfonia
Guilmant - Morceau Symphonique
Guilmant - Pastorale (Sonata I)
Boismortier - Sonata
Liszt - Hosanna
Guilmant - Finale (Sonata I)
Holst - Duo Concertante
Prevert - Autumn Leaves

Born in 1973, Englishman Brett Baker is viewed internationally as a leading brass performer and educator. He is passionate about encouraging composers to write pioneering new repertoire being one of the most recorded brass soloist’s. Brett is Programme Leader for Musical Arts at the University of Salford (Manchester), he continues to be an ambassador for Michael Rath Brass Instruments and is Principal Trombone of the world famous Black Dyke Band. He is Festival Director of both the Singapore and Thailand Low Brass Festivals and is a Past-President of the British Trombone Society (BTS).

Brett has performed with singers such as Alison Goldfrapp and Hayley Westenra, trumpet soloist Alison Balsom and other world class trombone soloists including; Ian Bousfield, Wycliffe Gordon, Christian Lindberg and Joseph Alessi.

Originally from the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, Brett studied at the University of Salford, simultaneously joining the Fairey Band, conducted by Major Peter Parkes in 1992. He had many contest successes including an historic treble in 1993/4. At Salford he was taught by Professor David King, whilst also studying for a degree in Business Economics. 

In 2000 he was invited to join the Black Dyke Band by Professor Nicholas Childs, achieving enviable contest successes. Now as well as a performance schedule of 60 concerts a year, Brett enjoys presenting workshops, specialising in solo performance and band training. His research includes trombone solo repertoire, trombone instrument design through modular assembly and the psychology of performance. Brett has produced over 30 solo albums, eight under his own label of White River Evocations, which produces and distributes CDs. He has performed as guest soloist on a further 46 CDs. He has produced four sheet music trombone solo albums and many arrangements for trombone and piano. He regularly tours in the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand as a soloist.

Darius Battiwalla has given organ recitals at cathedrals and concert halls throughout the country and abroad including Westminster Abbey, York Minster and Bath Abbey, and for the Royal College of Organists and the Incorporated Association of Organists. He has appeared as a soloist with The Hallé - most recently in Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with Sir Mark Elder - and London Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a regular orchestral organist and pianist for the BBC Philharmonic and The Hallé orchestras.

As a pianist, he gives regular chamber concerts with members of the Manchester orchestras, and on the harpsichord he has played continuo with many UK orchestras, and performed and broadcast harpsichord concertos: this autumn he was soloist in Frank Martin’s Harpsichord Concerto for the Northern Ballet Theatre. Darius is a regular improviser for silent films on both organ and piano, and teaches organ, continuo and improvisation at the RNCM in Manchester. 

In September 2017, newly appointed City Organist Darius became curator of the Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music series, programming this very successful recital series and giving regular solo concerts.

View the Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music 2018/19 brochure.


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