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Henry Baldwin

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Henry studied at the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Manhattan School of Music, and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Youth Orchestra. 

In 2021 Henry joined the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Section Principal Percussion. Before this, between 2010 and 2021, he was a member of the percussion sections of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. With these three orchestras Henry has performed a huge range of symphonic, ballet and opera music and is lucky to have worked with the orchestras during golden relationships with conductors including Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski and Sir Antonio Pappano.

In 2005 Henry became Principal Timpani and Percussion, and a founding member, of Aurora Orchestra. As Aurora has grown, the orchestra has explored innovative and daring ways of presenting some of the greatest chamber and orchestral works. Along the way there have been some extraordinary concert experiences with Music Director and Conductor Nicholas Collon including a spectacular theatrical presentation of Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique at the BBC Proms, John Adams Chamber Symphony at the Melbourne Festival and Boulez Le Marteau sans Maître at the International Chamber Music Series, Southbank Centre.

Since 2015 Henry has enjoyed teaching and giving masterclasses at a number of UK conservatoires including the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and is delighted to join the teaching staff at Guildhall in 2023.

Henry Baldwin signature series

A range of wooden xylophone mallets designed to give an unparalleled range of colour and attack whilst keeping that special wood on wood character. These premium mallets were specifically designed to bring the best out of top of the range symphonic xylophones

HB - X1

These hugely powerful mallets have to be heard to be believed! They effortlessly draw enormous tone and volume out of the xylophone making them perfect for those special occasions when you need the xylophone to rise above with the awesome power of a full symphony orchestra.

It is advised HB-X1 should be used with caution as overplaying may result in damage to instruments with soft wooden bars.

Specification

Instrument:  Xylophone 

Tone:  Very bright

Head material:  Blackwood

Head shape: Super ellipse

Weight:  32/33gr

Overall length:  37cm

Handle:  Rattan

Suggested repertoire

Shostakovich:    Symphonies 4, 5, 7 and 11

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HB - X2

This extrovert mallet is perfect for occasions when you don’t want the xylophone to blend but instead want the xylophone’s solo personality to shine.

Specification

Instrument:  Xylophone 

Tone:  Bright

Head material:  Leadwood

Head shape: Super ellipse

Weight:  31/32gr

Overall length:  36cm

Handle:    Rattan

Suggested repertoire

Britten:  Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Saint-Saens:  Carnival of the Animals

Shostakovich:  The Bolt

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HB - X3

This is a powerful mallet that also loves to blend and is perfect for prominent xylophone passages that require you to combine with the woodwind, piano or upper strings.

Specification

Instrument:  Xylophone 

Tone:  Medium Bright

Head material:  Ebony

Head shape: Super ellipse

Weight:  29/30gr

Overall length:  36cm

Handle:    Rattan

Suggested repertoire

Gershwin:  Porgy and Bess

Shostakovich:  Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Copland:  Appalachian Spring

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HB - X4

This mallet is perfect for those quieter moments when you don’t want to unleash the full power of your xylophone but instead need to move delicately and dexterously around the instrument.

These lightweight mallets are manufactured with softwood heads and should only be used for appropriate xylophone repertoire.

Specification

Instrument:  Xylophone 

Tone:  Medium 

Head material:  Bubinga

Head shape: Super ellipse

Weight:  27/28gr

Overall length:  35.5cm

Handle:    Rattan

Suggested repertoire

Stravinsky:  Firebird

Debussy:  Images 1. Gigues

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

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