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19 Apr 2017 - Bakers Dozen CD featured on Radio
My 13 track CD is now available and was featured on BBC radio Leeds on Easter Sunday. David Hoyle chatted with me about all things Baker. Link to follow!

09 Dec 2016 - Baker's fresh role
After an action packed year as Resident Conductor of the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, Leigh Baker is to move on to take the Musical Director position at the Hepworth Band. Although the move will officially take place in January, Leigh will be fronting Hepworth at a number of seasonal concerts whilst continuing to lead Brighouse in their Busy Christmas calendar.



Leigh told us "I've had an amazing year at Brighouse with so many highlights and I would like to thank the band for some very special moments. The Whit Friday Saddleworth win, a Brass in Concert podium spot and some truly high profile concerts will remain musical highlights for me. I am also excited about the imminent release of the “Baker’s Dozen” CD that the band recorded earlier in the year.”



“The Hepworth post is a chance for me to really spread my wings though and I will take full responsibility for all contest and concert performances as well as continuing to build on the band's recent excellent run of form. It's an exciting time for the band and it was just too good an opportunity for me to turn down.”



Brighouse and Rastrick band manager Alan Morrison said; “B&R are really sorry to lose the services of Leigh as Resident Conductor but recognise the great work he has done for us this year, and accept that his new appointment is a superb opportunity to further his career in several directions.”



“We wish Leigh every success for the future and hope it will not be the last association he has with his beloved purple and gold. We look forward to playing his new arrangements and still working with him regularly in the future. Everyone at B&R wishes Leigh every success in the future and hope his new relationship with Hepworth Band will prove to be very successful.”



Hepworth band spokesman Dave Horan added; "We're delighted that Leigh has accepted the position of Musical Director with Hepworth, it feels to be the perfect match as we look to build on the solid foundations laid by Mark Peacock. We'd like to thank Mark for his work with the band over the last two years and we wish him every success as he leads the Longridge Band into the Championship section".



"We're really looking forward to the new year and to working with Leigh as the bands new Musical Director"

10 May 2016 - Baker's Dozen
Brighouse and Rastrick Band recently recorded 13 tracks arranged by Leigh. Watch this space for release details for this CD of old and new confections!

12 Oct 2015 - Back to Brighouse for Baker
I am delighted to announce that I have accepted the Resident Conductor's role at the Brighouse and Rastrick Band. After a highly successful and enjoyable spell at Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, I am returning to my first love of banding. after close to 20 years as a playing member of the band and a lengthy period as composer and arranger in residence has tinged my blood with purple (Brighouse colours!) and I am excited to be leading the band and working alongside Prof David King. I am also looking forward to writing new music for the band. Exciting times!

04 Mar 2015 - Baker is a Centrefold
After a recent photo shoot with the talented Alex Kenyon at the picturesque Tong Hall, Leigh has a portfolio of mean and moody photographs. The website will soon be receiving an overhaul and redesign to incorporate the new pix!

04 Mar 2015 - Grand days out!
UniBrass competitors, Action Research Youth contestants and Welsh Entertainment wizards enjoyed a Baker's dozen in February.
All Night Long, Libertango, Ar Lan Y Mor, Eventide, Mr Sandman and Bare Necessities all got competitive airings in venues up and down the country.

12 Jan 2015 - Thoresby Guest Spot
Leigh will be guest MDing the Thoresby Colliery Band at the forthcoming Butlins Mineworkers Championships (in Skegness).
The band have enjoyed working on Tom Davoren's colourful "Facets of the Heart" and some fun and games are in store for the sunday entertainment contest!

24 Nov 2014 - PICTURE THIS!
Leigh's "Pictures" themed Brass in Concert programme with Carlton Main Band was greeted with great enthusiasm at the beginning of November. The programme featured 5 brand new compositions commissioned from 5 exciting talents, all inspired by a different painting. The concept was put together by Leigh and it was warmly received in the hall. Although not featuring in the podium spaces, the band's programme received 2nd place in CONTENT and Paul McGhee's brooding "Monet's Embankment" was awarded "best new composition".
Thanks to Dave Collins, Paul McGhee, Lucy Pankhurst, Jonathan Bates and Ben Hollings.

A programme with something for everyone's palette!

27 Oct 2014 - MUSIC FEATURED
Leigh's music was on show at the recent BOLSOVER FESTIVAL entertainments contest. All Night Long was featured by 3 bands, Saints fantasy got a successful airing and a fully suited teddy bear performed Bare Necessities.
The next few weeks see the release of a number of new arrangements (from Kirklees Music) including Leigh's "all singing, all dancing" arrangement of Paint it Black. Watch this space for further releases.

27 Oct 2014 - ADJUDICATION
Leigh's blossoming adjudication career has been bolstered by 2 high profile appointments in the New Year.
Leigh will be judging the Yorkshire 3rd Section in Bradford at the beginning of March and then travelling to Perth in Scotland to adjudicate the Scottish 1st and 3rd Sections the week after.
The test pieces are fantastic next year and Leigh is really looking forward to sitting alongside some eminent musicians in "the box"

18 Jul 2014 - Published Music
If you see, hear or smell any of Leigh's music yet to be published and are interested in performing it, OR you would like a new piece composing or arranging, please get in touch! We are very flexible!

18 Jul 2014 - We are back in the room!
After a period of internet rest, leighbaker.co.uk is actively updating Leigh's activities for all to see.
Comme and visit us again!

07 Dec 2011 - “The future’s bright, the future’s white”
“The future’s bright, the future’s white” for Leigh Baker. Brass in Concert Champions Leyland Band announce new musical director!

01 Nov 2011 - New Conductor Role
In Summer 2011, Leigh was appointed the title of Resident Conductor with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band...

08 Mar 2011 - Yorkshire Champ!
Leigh was delighted to lift the 2nd section Yorkshire Title at the helm of South Yorkshire Police Band! This means a finals trip and promotion to Section 1 in 2011.

03 Feb 2011 - Baker Butlins Bonanza
Leigh was delighted that 5 of the 10 Championship Section Bands in the 2011 Butlins Entertainment Contest used his arrangements. Overall winners Flowers showcased Tuba soloist/vocalist Phil Green in the specially arranged "Country Tuba" and solo prizewinner Neil Day chose "Y Bore Glas" as part of the EYMS prog. All Night Long, Epcot, Saints and Eventide got airings too! All this alongside the release of a number of new arrangements and South Yorkshire Police Band's top 4 finish!

19 Oct 2010 - Conduct yourself accordingly!
Leigh has had a great year at the helm of the South Yorkshire Police Band. A 3rd at Butlins and a runner up spot at the Yorkshire Area lead to a 3rd Place at the National Finals and a 2nd at Bolsover. Maybe the elusive first place will come in the New Year (at Butlins)!

29 Jul 2010 - Baker-Fest Cont. (Butlins)
Leigh's pieces were a highlight at Butlins! Read more to find out...

29 Jul 2010 - Baker-Fest! (RNCM)
The Baker-Fest visits the Royal Northern College of Music... Read how it went down!