Welcome to the website of Bertie Baigent, a conductor-composer based in London. Music Director of Waterperry Opera Festival and former Assistant Conductor of the Colorado Symphony, Bertie is active as a conductor on both sides of the Atlantic. His compositions have received numerous accolades and awards and are regularly performed internationally. Full biography.
June 2021 Bertie is announced as a winner designate of the International Conducting Competition Rotterdam, and will return to the Netherlands in the coming season to conduct the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Doelen Ensemble, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Rotterdam Symphony Chorus, and Sinfonia Rotterdam.
March 2021 Waterperry Opera Festival announces its 2021 season, its longest and most ambitious to date. Bertie conducts Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, and will also perform Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Full details here.
December 2020 The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust awards Bertie a grant to record his composition The Lunar Society. Recording sessions will take place in February 2021 – Bertie is very grateful to the Trust for their generous support.
September 2020 Bertie is a finalist in the international Premio 'Guido Cantelli', conducting the orchestra of the Teatro Regio di Torino. Following the competition he has been immediately invited to return to conduct other orchestras in Italy.
August 2020 In some of the first operatic performances since lockdown in March, Waterperry's 2020 'Mini-Festival' saw sell-out performances of Mozart's Così fan tutte Jonathan Dove's Ariel. Bachtrack writes that 'Bertie Baigent conducted with great flair and energy...[and] kept the ensemble very tight, even in the swift ensembles', The Sunday Times noted that the audience 'rewarded the brave performers with a deserved standing ovation at the end', and Opera Magazine remarked that 'Bertie Baigent is a force to be reckoned with'.
July 2020 Waterperry Opera Festival is delighted to announce a 'Mini-Festival' on 15 and 16 August 2020, after the planned 2020 festival was postponed until 2021. Bertie will conduct semi-staged performances of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and the festival will also offer dramatic performances of Jonathan Dove's song cycle Ariel. Full details and booking information can be found here.
June 2020 Bertie is selected as one of the participants of the international Premio 'Guido Cantelli', a conducting competition founded in memory of the great Giudo Cantelli to be held in Turin in September. More information here.
January 2020 Bertie is selected as one of six participants in the League of American Orchestras Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. As part of this prestigious event he will work with the Louisiana Philharmonic in April 2020. More information here.
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