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Fri 18 Nov 2011, 7:30pm

Where: Lindisfarne College, 600 Pakowhai Road, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Senior citizens / students: $10.00
  • Children under 14 years: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Goddy

Bay Cities’ Symphonic Band are pleased to welcome to Hawke’s Bay Mr Brett Baker, well established as one of the finest trombonists in Europe.

Venue for the concert is Lowe Family Performing Arts Centre, Lindisfarne College, Hastings

Tickets available from:
Denton Wyatt Books, Gifts & Lotto
Cnr Warren & Heretaunga Street East, Hastings
Ph 878 4752, Email:

As principal trombone in Black Dyke Band – one of the most famous brass bands in the world – and as a guest soloist who has appeared with many bands in Europe, America, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, together with his many solo recordings, technical accomplishments and warm personality, Brett’s fame and popularity is truly world-wide.

Brett hails from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, and was introduced to playing the trombone at the age of 10 by his father. His solo career showed early promise when he became Junior Slow Melody Trombonist of Great Britain and a Brass Finalist in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year. Following his further education at Salford University, studying economics, he later became the trombone tutor and studied conducting and performance skills there with Professor David King.

Further solo success came when he was British Open Trombone Solo Champion, and with the Fairey Band Brett won every major brass band contest, including the fabulous ‘triple’ of National, British Open and European Championships. His first solo CD, Bone Idyll, was completed with Faireys in 1996.

Brett recorded two further CDs before he began post-graduate studies in performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is also an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London.

Brett joined Black Dyke Band in 2000 and with them has to date won two National Championships, two British Open Championships and the European Championship. He has been featured as soloist on over 40 CDs, including 10 solo CDs, and is, today, the most recorded trombone soloist in the brass band movement.

As a soloist and brass clinician, Brett has played and conducted workshops around the world (from Brazil to Canada and from New Zealand to Europe) and regularly performs in some of the best concert halls in the UK. He is constantly seeking to expand the solo repertoire for trombone and has been involved in a joint project for this with Leeds University and the commissioning of over 40 new works from well known composers.

Brett enjoys teaching players (especially younger players) in performance techniques and in 2001 he created the Musicians Resource Network and the White River Brass ensemble to support this. He is trombone tutor of the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain, the International Brass Band Summer School, the Swiss Youth Band and the Northern Brass Band Trust in Durham and has been a guest tutor at the Salvation Army’s famous Star Lake Music Camp near New York. In 2006 he became Chairman of the British Trombone Society and Secretary of the International Trombone Association.

Under the directorship of John Snowling, Director of Music at Lindisfarne College, Brian Kennedy, an experienced bandsman and past conductor of the Salvation Army Band, and Joanna Bradnock, an experienced conductor and flute player, Bay Cities’ Symphonic Band are proud to be involved in a concert featuring Brett.

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