The History of the Oboe in Sixty Minutes
In this tea-time concert, Mark Baigent will be including a potted history of the oboe with pieces and examples from its 300-year history using period oboes from the baroque to the modern. The concert will of course be followed by a cream tea in the adjacent church hall, included in your ticket price.
Mark is one of the UK’s leading period oboists, performing music from baroque to modern on his collection of over 20 instruments. Neil Black described his oboe playing as “of rare delicacy”; his baroque playing has been described as “declamatory and soothing by turns” (Graham Rikson, The Arts Desk), and Berio said on hearing Marks rendition of his oboe Sequenza, that it was the best performance he had heard. As an orchestral oboist Mark regularly records performs, tours and broadcasts baroque, classical, romantic and early twentieth century repertoire throughout Europe with leading period instrument music groups, including Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, the English Baroque Soloists, the Kings Consort, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Classical Opera, Hanover Band and Academy of Ancient Music. He also regularly works as a soloist and chamber musician, recently performing the Hummel, Krommer and Dittersdorf oboe concertos and 19th century chamber works with his ensemble ‘Charmes du Hautbois’.
In 2017 Mark released a CD of the complete chamber music for oboe by Rutland Boughton, having given the premiere of his 2nd oboe quartet (1945) at Glastonbury in 2014.
Mark’s ensemble, Charmes du Hautbois, has a Website