Welcome to the website of Bertie Baigent, a young musician based in London. Bertie graduated from the University of Cambridge (where he was organ scholar at Jesus College) in 2016, and is currently studying conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. His compositions have received numerous accolades and awards, and he is a very active conductor and performer. For a full biography, please click here.
Bertie is awarded the prestigious Ernest Read conducting prize from the Royal Academy of Music.
Bertie is selected to participate in the Deutscher Dirigentenpreis 2017, and will travel to Cologne in September for the final rounds. More information can be found here.
Jesus College Choir releases its latest CD: an exciting combination of anthems by William Byrd and Benjamin Britten. Bertie accompanies the choirs on the organ, and is also performs an organ solo. Copies can be ordered here.
Bertie is appointed Chief Conductor of the London Young Sinfonia, an orchestra of young professionals and some of London music colleges' finest musicians. His first concert with the orchestra will be in February 2017.
Bertie graduates from the University of Cambridge with a double first in the music tripos.
Bertie is awarded the position of organ scholar at St Marylebone Parish Church in London. He will take up this position in September 2016
Bertie is offered a place on the master's conducting course at the Royal Academy of Music, starting in September 2016.
Jesus College Choir releases its latest CD, The Evening Hour: a selection of British music for evening from the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. Bertie accompanies the choir on the organ.
St Paul's Cathedral commissions a choral work from Bertie which will be performed at Pentecost 2016.
Bertie is appointed conductor of Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra and will give his first performance with the orchestra in February 2016.
Bertie's anthem, An echo from Willow-Wood, is published by Stainer and Bell.
Bertie is appointed musical director for Cambridge University Opera Society's production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. The performances will take place on 23 and 24 November in Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge.
An echo from Willow-Wood, an anthem by Bertie for a cappella choir, is chosen as the winner of the Stainer and Bell Choral Composition Competition 2015, and will be published in the Choral Now series.
Bertie is offered a place in the London Sinfonietta Academy's Conducting Class for 2015.
Bertie is awarded a grant from the Sir Robbie Jennings Fund to support his work with the Percival Ensemble.
Bertie is delighted to announce the release of his organ work Bright spark, shot from a brighter place on a new CD by Robert Smith. This piece, commissioned by the performer and producer, is to be published later this year.
At the Royal College of Organists Ceremony in Southwark Cathedral, Bertie is the first recipient of the Dr John Birch Scholarship.
Bertie is appointed Assistant Musical Director for the Sidney Sussex Arts Festival and Façade Ensemble joint production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw.
Bertie is awarded the Crichton Prize for music by the Master of Jesus College, Cambridge.
Bertie becomes a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning the Turpin/Durrant, Harding/Durrant, and Dr F. J. Read Prizes.
The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge releases its new CD, Out of darkness, on which Bertie accompanies the choir on the organ. Copies can be bought from Presto Classical.
Bertie's composition Mr Hetherington's Hat is selected for the final round of the 2015 Britten Sinfonia Composers' Workshop, where it will be performed in a workshop with Judith Weir.
The Elysian Singers commission a choral work from Bertie, to be performed in their Lenten concert in St Martin in the Fields.
Bertie is appointed as musical director of Cambridge University Opera Society's production of Handel Semele. The performance will take place on 26 November at 7.45pm in the Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge.
Bertie's new organ work Bright spark, shot from a brighter place is recorded by Robert Smith, as part of his new CD. This work is to be published shortly.
Bertie accompanies the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge on their latest CD with Signum Records, directed by Mark Williams.
Bertie is awarded the Donald Wort Prize for achieving the highest mark in Part IA of the University of Cambridge Music Tripos.
Bertie's fanfare Joie de vivre is performed by members of NYO conducted by Matthew Coorey at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.
Tom Seligman commissions a new work for massed choir and brass ensemble.
2 November 2017
8pm; West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge; tickets available shortly
Bertie conducts a concert in aid of Bella's Fund, a charity for children suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. He is joined by internationally renowned violinist Julia Hwang in Bruch's sparkling Violin Concerto, followed by Beethoven's good-natured Sixth Symphony.
24 October 2017
7pm; The Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music; free admission
A programme including Beethoven's effervescent Fourth Symphony, performed by the finest players from the Royal Academy of Music, conducted by Bertie.
14 October 2017
Bertie conducts the London Young Sinfonia in their opening concert of their 2017/18 season: a programme of Viennese music 'from Schubert to Schoenberg'. With works by Mozart, Mahler, Strauss, and others, the concert will explore the dazzling variety of Viennese musical life.
22–29 September 2017
Bertie particpates in the prestigious Deutscher Dirigentenpreis in Cologne, conducting the WDR Symphonieorchester and the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln.
28 July 2017
7.30pm; St Marylebone Parish Church, London; tickets available here
For the closing concert of the St Marylebone Festival Bertie conducts the London Young Sinfonia in a performance of Mahler's Fourth Symphony, in the chamber version by Erwin Stein. The concert also features the world premiere of Bertie's new work for chamber orchestra, Paean: 'earth's crammed with heaven'.
12–18 July 2017
Bertie travels to Prague with Cambridge University Musical Society Symphony Orchestra for performances of Tchaikovsky's thrilling Fourth Symphony.