We are delighted to announce that Rowan Baker is our new conductor. Following a highly competitive recruitment
process with over 25 applications, interviews and auditions with the orchestra,
he took his first rehearsal with us on September 10th.
This is Rowan’s first official post as conductor, but as a first class music graduate from Southampton University, together with a distinction in postgraduate conducting studies at the Royal College of Music, he has already worked with many famous conductors, and a wide range of orchestras.
Our Chairman Colin Fish is confident this will be a fruitful partnership. “As an orchestra we really warmed to him in the auditions, and feel under his guidance we will flourish and grow. Having had people apply from a range of countries, we were delighted to be able to appoint someone with such talent who was born and grew up in Hertfordshire.”
Rowan, who now lives in North London, is thrilled to be taking up his first appointment in an area he knows so well. “I was born in Welwyn Garden City, went to school in St Albans, and my love of music grew through my playing with the Hertfordshire Schools Symphony Orchestra, County Youth Orchestra and a range of ensembles at the Mid Herts Music Centre. I’m really looking forward to developing my relationship with the orchestra. I’ve worked with many orchestras but mainly in workshops or as a rehearsal conductor. So I’m really looking forward to developing my relationship with the players, and hopefully bringing out the best in each of them.”
Rowan took over from Mark Galtrey, who held the post of conductor for the last 6 years, and was involved in helping us select his replacement. Rowan' first concert with the orchestra will be on Saturday January 13th in Letchworth Free Church at 7.30pm. The performance will feature Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with cellist Veronica Henderson.