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Annus Fantasticus for Baker

Composer Leigh Baker couldn't have asked for more after a year of musical delights in 2007.



Leigh Baker, Composer in Residence and solo baritone at Brighouse and Rastrick Band is absolutely delighted with the impact he has made through his music in 2007.

After winning the 'Best New Arrangement or Composition Award' at Brass in Concert (for the second year running) he was delighted to be nominated as a finalist in the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year awards.

Roman Triptych

Leigh was also delighted with the response to “Roman Triptych” at the 4th Section Finals in Harrogate. He would like to thank the many players, conductors, adjudicators and audience members for the fantastic feedback he has received. Leigh was also very pleased to receive plaudits from large numbers of people not necessarily connected with the contest.

I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and for the support of the Brighouse and Rastrick band who are such an important part of my musical lifeLeigh Baker


Leigh was particularly honoured to be nominated by 4BR in two categories in the 4BR Awards.

Leigh told 4BR: "To be “pipped at the post” in the “Best Newcomer” category by the Proms Brass Day was a real honour and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and for the support of the Brighouse and Rastrick band who are such an important part of my musical life."

New works

Leigh is currently busy working on some new arrangements for a band to use at the Butlins Contest and has some more exciting new pieces for Brighouse on the drawing board.

David Childs has also recorded a new Baker arrangement on his new solo CD 'Celtic Charm' and Michael Howley’s forthcoming solo CD also includes one of Leigh’s new arrangements. He is also particularly keen to compose another Test Piece this year!

Brass in Concert

Results: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • The all conquering Norwegians of Eikanger become the Brass in Concert champions.


Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH

Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd

Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE

Hucknall & Linby Brass

November 20 • Hucknall and Linby Band - 2nd section- Require a front row cornet player. We rehearse Thursdays 7.30 -9.30 in Hucknall, Nottingham. With great transport links to the city centre and the universities.

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.

Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator