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Baker, Anne

Cellist who started playing at five years of age and attended the Royal Academy of Music where she took formal lessons from Florence Hooton.  She also studied in Geneva, Switzerland, under the watchful eye of Pierre Fournier.

On 13th May 1978, she teamed up with fellow musician Eric Fenby to perform at The Delius Society meeting at Paviour’s Arms on Page Street in London, England.

She became a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London in 1989.

In 1993, she appeared on the eclectic album, The London Cello Sound.  The album, which featured forty cellists from some of the finest orchestras in England, ranged from The Tudor Period to the 20thcentury, and included one of the most famous cello pieces ever, “The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens.  Its acoustics benefited from being recorded at All Hallow’s Church in Gospel Oak, London.

Another recording on which she appears is Denise Leigh’s 2005 LP, Pie Jesu.  It’s another century-spanning effort that includes such disparate titles as “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “Summertime”.

On 23rd April 2005, the Philharmonia appeared at Royal Festival Hall with special guests, pianist Emanuel Ax and soprano Angela Denoke.  The program comprised Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, Op. 73” (“Emperor”), Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, and “Prelude and Liebestod” from Richard Wagner’s opera, Tristan und Isolde.

In the field of musical education she has taught at Eton College and the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department.

Here she is in a cello octet of the Philharmonia cellists performing “Silent Night”….

Sources:

  1. http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/orchestra/players/cellos/anne_baker/
  2. http://homepage.mac.com/davidtall/journals/files/index1-100.pdf
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  5. http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/artist/Anne+Baker/a/albums.htm
  6. http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/thesoundexchange/projects/liveevent/images/prog_notes.pdf
  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3ASearch&search=the+tudor+period
  8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_VIII_of_England
  9. http://www.calarecords.com/acatalog/info_CACDS4104.html