“HE IS a genius. There isn’t a better organist in Britain than Martin Baker.”
And when the man handing out the superlatives is Dr Gordon Stewart, Kirklees’ very own Borough Organist and a superb musician himself, then it is best to sit up and take notice.
Martin Baker is Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral and on Monday he will be in Huddersfield to play the lunchtime organ concert at the Town Hall (1pm).
Martin will play pieces by Mendelssohn, Franck and Widor and then comes what for some musicians might be a bit of curved ball.
“At the end of the recital, I will walk up and give him a sealed envelope,” said Gordon.
“In it will be a theme on which Martin will improvise. Martin is a brilliant improviser .”
“Let’s just say that it is a theme that will be very close to the hearts of many people in the audience and has very strong local connections! It should be fantastic.”
We are not going to spoil the surprise by telling you what Gordon has chosen for Martin but it’s not to be missed.
Martin is at the top of his profession. He is from Manchester, studied at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School, at Chetham’s School of Music and at Downing College, Cambridge.
He was appointed to his current role at Westminster Cathedral in 2000. It’s a rare chance to hear one of Britain’s best. Don’t miss it.
Tickets are £5 (£3.50 concessions) from Kirklees Booking Offices, on 01484 223200 or you can pay on the door.