11/03/17 “Charme du Hautbois”: Oboe, Bassoon & Harp

Saturday 11th March, 2017, St Andrews Church, Curry Rivel. 7:00 pm

Charme du Hautbois

  • Mark Baigent, oboe
  • Nathaniel Harrison, bassoon
  • Alexander Rider, harp


Nocturne Op.20 No.2 for oboe and harp                             Henri Brod

Nocturne for bassoon and harp                                             Robert Nicholas-Charles Bochsa

Sonata for cor anglais and harp                                            Murari Bra


Adagio  (orig vln/hp arr. bsn/pno) for bassoon and harp          Louis Spohr

  Attacca with harp link ………..

Les Regrets for oboe and harp                                                Napoleon Coste

Maud for harp solo                                                                     Charles Oberthur

Fantasie en Trio Op.5 for oboe, bassoon & harp                Henri Brod


For more information, see the Charme du Hautbois website.

The Musicians

MARK BAIGENT, oboe is one of the UK’s leading period oboists, specialising in music from baroque to modern.   Neil Black described his oboe playing ‘of rare delicacy’, his baroque playing as ‘declamatory and soothing by turns’ (Graham Rikson, The Arts Desk), and Berio said on hearing Mark’s 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 with leading period instrument music groups throughout Europe including Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, the English Baroque Soloists, the Kings Consort, Classical Opera, Hanover Band, Academy of Ancient Music, Irish Baroque, Neue Philharmonie Utrecht, and Le Cercle de L’Harmonie.   Mark also regularly works as a soloist and chamber musician recently performing the Hummel oboe concerto, premiering Boughton’s 2nd oboe quartet, new works by David Knotts with his oboe trio Pipers 3 and regularly performs 19th century chamber music with his ensemble ‘Charme du Hautbois’.   This year he performs Krommer’s F major oboe concerto at Bridgnorth Haydn Festival where he is principal oboe and is recording the complete chamber music for oboe by Rutland Boughton.

NATHANIEL HARRISON, bassoon was born in Sevenoaks.   He studied at the Royal College of Music and at the Hochschule fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.   After a number of years playing full time in orchestras in Germany and the Netherlands he returned to the UK.   Since then he has built up a busy and diverse freelance career.   Although his work is mainly in the world of period performance, he continues to work as a modern player, appearing from time to time on the French system bassoon, an instrument once played throughout the UK and now rarely heard in this country.

As a performer on historical instruments he is a regular member of the London Handel Orchestra and the Hanover Band, however he continues to work with various period instrument orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, Kings Consort, Ex Cathedra and the Sixteen.   Most recently he has been working with the French period instrument orchestra ‘Les siècles’ in Paris.

ALEXANDER RIDER, harp, a graduate of the Guildhall College of Music and Drama has a busy schedule performing internationally as a chamber, solo and orchestral harpist.   Alex is currently guest principal harpist of Norway’s Kristiansund Opera & Ballet company, has recently premiered new works for solo harp by Robert Saxton and Simon Holt, and has appeared at music clubs and festivals in the UK and abroad with several acclaimed chamber appearances in Germany.   Although he has a special interest in contemporary music, recently broadcasting some of Takemitsu’s chamber music on Radio 3, his interests also extend to using period harps and tonight he plays an Erard from the 19th century.