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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!


4BR Shop: Go straight, cupped or practice...

June 23 • If its a straight, cup or practice mute at a great price you are looking for today, then go 4BR shopping...


Plenty of prizes to play for at Foden's annual Solo, Duet & Quartet contest day

June 23 • There really is something to play for at Foden's annual contest — from the youngest to the oldest and all stops in between — including a great new family duet category...


Wales seeks community approach to composer pathways

June 23 • A new four pronged initiative to help Welsh composers has been launched to create a community of shared learning and collaboration experience.


4BR Shop: Flash the plastic!

June 22 • There is a great deal on the iconic plastic pTrumpet through the 4BR Shop at the moment thanks to Band Supplies.

The Marple Band - The Marple Band presents Music from Musicals

Saturday 23 June • Stockport Grammar School. Buxton Road. Stockport SK2 7AF

Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Band

Saturday 23 June • Blackley Blackley Church Prospect View Elland HX5 0TD

Blidworth Welfare Band - Organist Keith Hearnshaw

Saturday 23 June • St Andrews Church, The Green, Swanwick, Derbys DE55 1AN

Besses o' th' Barn Band - Charity Celebration Concert

Saturday 23 June • St Thomas Church, Warrington Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield WN4 9PL

York Railway Institute Band - Dan Thomas - Euphonium

Saturday 23 June • Central Methodist Church. St Saviourgate. York. YO1 8NQ YO1 8NQ

Frampton on Severn Silver Band

June 22 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, particularly cornets, baritone and basses, but all are welcome. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.

Crewe Brass

June 22 • Crewe Brass currently have vacancies for Eb and BBb Bass, Baritone, and Cornet. We are a friendly, social first section band with a good mix of concerts and contests, and rehearse on Monday and Friday evenings in Shavington, Crewe.

Lydbrook Band

June 22 • Lydbrook Band are recruiting a 2nd Trombone to our join our Championship section band . This is a great opportunity to be part of the premier band in the Royal Forest of Dean.

Julian Bright

Conductor, Compere/MC, Cornet Soloist