Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

David Baker


Having obtained a BA(mus.) degree from the Huddersfield Polytechnic School of Music in 1981 where he majored in composition and performance, David went on to study the bassoon for a further two post graduate years under Edward Warren at the Royal Northern College of Music with the support of a scholarship from the Countess of Munster trust fund. From a base of teaching and freelance playing in theatre, symphony and chamber orchestras (including surviving a six month run of the Pirates of Penzance!) he was offered the position of principal bassoon with The Northern Chamber Orchestra and also shortly after principal bassoon with The Orchestra of the Golden Age (on baroque bassoon).

In 1992 David took up his existing post of sub principal bassoon with The Orchestra of Opera North where he enjoys both the challenge and variety of repertoire involved in opera, symphony and chamber music.

Apart from playing and teaching the bassoon (at Leeds College of Music, Leeds University, Huddersfield University and Hull University) David has in recent years returned to composition, for which he has received many favourable reviews and numerous commissions (including a Sonata for Bass Oboe and Piano by the Kenwood Herriott Duo).

In has spare time (!) David enjoys sailing and woodturning.

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