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 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. Copies can be bought here.
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. More details can be found here.
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. Details of how to order copies can be found here. 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.
13 March 2017
8pm; West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge; tickets available shortly
In his final concert with Cambridhe University Symphony Orchestra Bertie conducts a sumptous programme, including Rachamninov's hauntingly beautiful Vocalise, and Mahler's early masterpiece Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (with baritone, Ian Cheung).
25 February 2017
12pm; Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge; free admission
Bertie gives a recital as part of the Trinity College Music Society cycle of the complete Bach organ works. This concert includes Bach's three preludes on Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland BWV 659–661.
11 February 2016
6.30pm; St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Church, London; tickets available shortly
Bertie gives his first concert as conductor of the London Young Sinfonia with a programme of Bach's Sinfonia to Cantata 42, Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor (with soloist Julian Cohen), and Mozart's 'Prague' Symphony.
3 February 2016
7pm; Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London; free admission
Bertie conducts an orchestera drawn from the finest players of the Royal Academy of Music in a programme of musical homages: Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, and Webern's orchestration of the Ricercar a6 from Bach's The Art of Fugue.
9 & 10 December 2016
7.30pm; Histon Baptist Church, Histon, Cambridge; tickets available on the door
As guest conductor of Choir 2000, Bertie conducts a programme including Haydn's Nelson Mass, and Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on Christmas Carols.
17 November 2016
Bertie conducts Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra in an exciting programme including Tchaikovsky's First Symphony 'Winter Daydreams'.
6 November 2016
Bertie conducts an orchestra made up of many of Cambridge's finest players in a concert in aid of Bella's Fund, a charity which supports children with inflammatory bowel disease. The programme includes Beethoven's spirited Symphony No. 2 in D major and Wagner's serene Siegfried Idyll.
22 October 2016
Bertie plays continuo with the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra in a concert of Handel's Zadok the Priest, Birthday Ode for Queen Anne, and Mozart's turbulent Requiem.
14 October 2016
Dido and Belinda: a reimagining of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas by Leo Geyer, directed by Ella Marchment. Bertie plays continuo for the performance.
13 July 2016
Bertie gives an organ recital on the four-manual Hill organ as part of the Buxton Festival 2016.
7–11 July 2016
Cambridge University Musical Society Symphony Orchestra travels to Cologne for its annual tour. Bertie plays the cello in programmes which include Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2.
3 July 2016
In his final concert with the Choir of Jesus College, Bertie sings with the choir in a concert of music for a summer's evening.
1 July 2016
The Choir of Jesus College joins forces with the Choir of Merton College, Oxford, for a concert of choral classics, including Tallis's monumental Spem in alium. Bertie accompanies both choirs.
17–20 June 2016
Bertie travels to Switzerland with the Chapel Choir of Jesus College Cambridge to take part in the Recontres Internationales de Choeurs d'Hommes.
16 June 2016
William Clark-Maxwell gives a recital including Debussy's Cello sonata and Beethoven's Cello sonata No. 2 in G minor as part of the JCMS May Week recital series. Bertie accompanies on the piano.
13 June 2016
The King James Singers, directed by Harry Bradford and accompanied by Bertie, give a programme of English verse anthems by Gibbons, Purcell, and Humfrey.
12 June 2016
Bertie conducts a live screening of two Buster Keaton films, The Goat and The Playhouse, with specially composed music by Gary Rushton.
21 May 2016
Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra presents 'A Scottish Summer Soirée'. Bertie conducts Mendelssohn's dramatic Symphony No. 3 in A minor 'Scottish'.
17 May 2016
The choristers of St Paul's Cathedral, conducted by Andrew Carwood, perform Bertie's new anthem, Sancti Spiritus, commissioned by Choir & Organ Magazine for the cathedral.
23 April 2016
Bertie conducts the Percival Ensemble in a concert including Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, and Mozart's Symphony No. 41 'Jupiter'.
9–16 April 2016
Bertie travels to Hong Kong and Beijing on tour with the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge.
18 & 20 March 2016
vOx Chamber Choir, directed by David Crown performs Bertie's An echo from Willow-Wood as part of a programme of modern choral classics.
17 March 2016
Jesus College Choir is joined by former choral scholar soloists, and the Saraband Consort to give a performance of Bach's St John Passion, conducted by Mark Williams. Bertie plays harpsichord in the orchestra.
5 March 2016
Bertie gives an organ recital of works by Spanish and German composers, culminating in Bach's magnificent Passacaglia and fugue in C minor BWV 582.
29 February 2016
In his first appearance with Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra Bertie conducts Mendelssohn's Die Hebriden and Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, with Edward Reeve as soloist.
28 February 2016
Bertie gives a short organ recital before evensong, featuring a range of works including his own Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist.
21 February 2016
Bertie conducts Jesus College Orchestra for a performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in the annual Crighton Concert.
5 & 6 February 2016
CUOS produces Short Stories: three new chamber operas by Cambridge students. Bertie's conducts the premiere of his own opera The Nightingale and the Rose as well as Stephen Bick's A Good Man is Hard to Find and Owain Park's The Snow Child.
23 January 2016
Bertie accompanies his brother Charlie in a recital of German Lieder, including Beethoven's song cycle An die ferne Geliebte.
16 January 2016
Bertie sings in a concert including Act I of Verdi's Otello and Debussy's La Mer, performed by members of three Cambridge college choirs and Cambridge University Music Society Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Farnes.
3 January 2016
Bertie accompanies his brother Charlie in a recital of German Lieder, including Beethoven's song cycle An die ferne Geliebte.
19 December 2015
Reading Phoenix Choir, conducted by David Crown, gives its annual carol concert. Bertie accompanies on the organ.
14 December 2015
Jesus College choir travels to France to perform a programme of sacred music for Advent and Christmas. Bertie performs on the organ.
11 December 2015
Bertie's new choral work, Oculi omnium, a setting of Jesus College's grace, is performed by the college choir, conducted by Mark Williams.
10 December 2015
For their final UK performance of the year, Jesus College Choir gives a concert of festive music, including Britten's A Ceremony of Carols. Bertie accompanies on the organ and piano.
9 December 2015
The Choir of Jesus College travels to Leicestershire to perform a programme of seasonal music, including Britten's A Ceremony of Carols. Bertie plays the organ and piano.
23 & 24 November 2015
Cambridge University Opera Society produces Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro in Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge. Bertie conducts some of Cambridge's finest singers and players in this fully-staged performance.
17 November 2015
Bertie conducts the Percival Ensemble in a concert performance of Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne, in West Road Concert Hall. Bastien is sung by Harry Bradford, Bastienne by Sapphire Armitage, and Colas by Peter Lidbetter.
14 November 2015
The world premiere of Bertie's An echo from Willow-Wood is given by Novaura, a chamber choir dedicated to contemporary music, conducted by Harry Bradford.
11 July 2015
Bertie plays the organ with the Cambridge Philharmonic for a perfmance of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in Ely Cathedral under the baton of Timothy Redmond.
10 July 2015
Bertie plays continuo with the Choirs of Jesus College in their final performance of the year, featuring Handel's Dixit Dominus and Haydn's Nelson Mass.
7 July 2015
The choirs of Jesus College, Cambridge and Merton College, Oxford join together for a performance of choral masterpieces, including Tallis's Spem in alium.
3–5 July 2015
Bertie travels to Lille with the Choirs of Jesus College to perform in concerts and services in the cathedral.
29 June–2 July 2015
Bertie records with the Jesus College Choir for their latest CD, an exploration of British music for evening from the sixteenth and twentieth centuries.
21 June 2015
Under the direction of Mark Williams the Choir of Jesus College present an eclectic selection of choral music. Bertie accompanies on the organ in St Mary’s Church, Froyle.
20 June 2015
Performing with the Façade Ensemble under Benedict Collins-Rice, Bertie plays the piano in Britten's The Turn of the Screw.
18 June 2015
Bertie directs Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with the Percival Ensemble, joined by Richard Gowers (harpsichord), Gabriella Jones (violin), and Jenny Whitby (flute).
12 June 2015
The Percival Ensemble is joined by Toby Ward for a performance of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, in the chamber arrangement by Schoenberg, conducted by Bertie.
As part of the Jesus College Music Society May Week concert Bertie conducts Glinka's Dances from Rusland and Lyudmilla.
6 June 2015
Bertie plays harpsichord in a performance of Bach's Double Violin Concerto with soloists Gabriella Jones and Louise Ayrton.
10 May 2015
Bertie plays the harpsichord for a performance of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in Trinity College’s Wren Library. The concert also includes Mendelssohn’s Octet.
2 May 2015
Bertie plays the organ in Cambridge University Pops Orchestra's Disney in Trinity 3 concert, conducted by Ben Glassberg.
21 March 2015
Featuring the same programme as 19 March, Bertie performs in a concert in the beautiful twelfth-century church of St Nicholas, Great Munden.
19 March 2015
The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge performs motets by J. S. Bach and works by John Tavener in Jesus College Chapel. Bertie conducts and plays continuo.
17 March 2015
The Elysian Singers perform Bertie's new choral work, Noli claudere aures tuas, conducted by Sam Laughton, in St Martin in the Fields.
7 March 2015
Bertie conducts the Orchestra of Christ's College in a performance of Reinecke Flute Concerto and Mozart Te Deum, in Cambridge’s ancient Great St Mary’s Church.
22 February 2015
With members of Trinity College Choir and Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, Bertie plays continuo in Bach Lobe den Herrn BWV 69.
22 February 2015
In the David Crichton Memorial concert Bertie conducts Dvorak Slavonic dances I & II with Jesus College Orchestra.
14 February 2015
As part of the Jesus College Music Society recital series, Bertie gives an organ recital of German and Dutch music, including J. S. Bach Trio sonata in E flat major BWV 525.
7 February 2015
Bertie conducts the Percival Ensemble in a performance of de Falla El Corregidor y la Molinera, the original version of The three-cornered hat.
1 February 2015
The Choir of Jesus College performs Bertie's I am the good shepherd as the introit in choral evensong for the Eve of Candlemas.
17 January 2015
Bertie performs in Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with University college choirs, CUMS Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Howard Shelley.
11–23 December 2014
Bertie travels to Sri Lanka on tour with the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge.
8 December 2014
In Jesus College Choir's final concert of the year, Bertie performs as organist and pianist.
29 November 2014
As part of the JCMS Michaelmas Concert Bertie conducts Sibelius Valse triste and other Scandinavian orchestral works.
26 November 2014
Bertie conducts Handel Semele with Cambridge University Opera Society. The performance is semi-staged.
22 November 2014
Bertie performs with the Choirs of Jesus College Cambridge in Britten War Requiem with other choirs and orchestras from the university, conducted by Stephen Cleobury.
18 October 2014
Bertie conducts the inaugural concert of the Percival Ensemble, including Wagner Siegfried Idyll and Sibelius Pelléas et Mélisande.
6–8 July 2014
Robert Smith (organ scholar of Somerville College, Oxford) gives the world premiere of Bright spark, shot from a brighter place, a new organ work commissioned from Bertie. The concert takes place in the Auenkirche, Berlin, at 7.30pm.
2–5 July 2014
On tour in the north of England with the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, Bertie performs in Ampleforth Abbey and St Cuthbert’s Church, Stockton-on-Tees.
2–5 July 2014
Bertie's anthem I am the good shepherd is performed by the Choir of Somerville College, Oxford, conducted by David Crown, on their tour to the USA. Concerts take place at the National City Christian Church, Washington DC (2 July, 7.30pm), Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington, Delaware (3 July, 7.30pm), and St John's Episcopal Church, Northampton, Massachusetts (5 July, 7pm). More details can be found on the choir's website.
22 June 2014
Bertie performs with the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge in All Saints’ Church, King’s Lynn.
13 June 2014
Bertie conducts selections from West Side Story with the orchestra of Jesus College Cambridge in their May Week Concert.
20 May 2014
Bertie gives the first performance of Illusion/elusion, a movement from his organ suite What is the night? in the chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge.
13 May 2014
Bertie’s fanfare Joie de vivre is performed at the RPS Music Awards by members of NYO, conducted by Matthew Coorey. A film of the performance can be found here.
11 April 2014
Bertie gives an organ recital of music by Bach, Mendelssohn, and Gibbons at 8pm in St John's Church, Stanton St John.
21–28 March 2014
The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge goes on tour to Ireland. Bertie performs in venues in Belfast, Dublin, and Limerick.
18 & 20 March 2014
Bertie takes part in performances of Bach St Matthew Passion in Jesus College Chapel and St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
23 February 2014
Bertie conducts Mendelssohn The Hebrides with the orchestra of Jesus College, Cambridge, as part of their Lent Term Concert. More details can be found here.
9 February 2014
Bertie gives an organ recital of German baroque music in the chapel of Pembroke College, Cambridge.
25 January 2014
Bertie performs organ music by Bach, Brahms, Schumann, and Vierne in a recital at Jesus College, Cambridge. More details can be found here.
18 January 2014
Bertie sings in Tippett A Child of our Time in King's College Chapel, conducted by Nicholas Collon.