Baker, David

Born in Hyde, Cheshire in 1959 David began his path to a career in music learning the recorder at school, and later the flute. Whilst studying for his ‘A’ levels he began lessons on a ‘derelict’ school bassoon and quickly advanced to the dizzy height of ABRSM Grade VIII having been awarded a scholarship from Tameside MBC to study with Charles Cracknel.

In 1978 David moved to the music department of Huddersfield Polytechnic, studying with Richard King (Charles Cracknel’s successor as principal bassoon with the Hallé Orchestra) and specialising in performance and composition. He performed in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and played concerti with various orchestras. In his final year he was awarded the J C Forbes performance prize as well as gaining his BA(Hons)Mus. After a further two years post graduate study at the RNCM (supported by a scholarship from the Countess of Munster Trust Fund) and under the tutelage of Edward Warren (principal bassoon with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) David gained a PG Dip.(RNCM) in orchestral studies and joined the Mládí ensemble, with whom he performed a wide variety of music for wind and piano and gave a recital at Wigmore Hall.

In the following years David worked as a session musician with Granada Television and the BBC (radio and television), as well as freelancing with all the Northern based symphony and chamber orchestras; playing principal bassoon with the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras. He also undertook longer term contracts in the Manchester theatres.

David was appointed as principal bassoon with The Northern Chamber Orchestra in 1985 and two years later (and running concurrently) as principal bassoon of The Orchestra of the Golden Age (playing on ‘original’ instruments). In 1991 David became sub-principal bassoon with The Orchestra of Opera North based in Leeds; enjoying a wide variety of orchestral, chamber and opera performance in the roll of both first and second bassoon. He has taught bassoon at Leeds College of Music, Hull University, and Breton Hall College. He now teaches privately and at Huddersfield and Leeds Universities as well as Leeds Conservatoire.

In recent years David has returned to composition producing a portfolio of published, wind chamber works as well as numerous commissioned pieces.


David Baker

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Orchestral series

(full score and sets of parts)
Symphony for Strings
edb 0501001
David Baker
Concerto for violin and orchestra
edb 0502001
David Baker
Chamber Music series
Concerto for violin and orchestra (pno. red.)
edb 0702020
David Baker
Quatre Contrastes for bassoon and strings
edb 0706003
David Baker
(2vn, va, vc & db)