Nevis Ensemble announces Andrea Baker as Ambassador

Nevis Ensemble is thrilled to announce international mezzo soprano Andrea Baker as its second Ambassador, joining trumpeter John Wallace OBE.

Nevis’ Ambassadors fly the flag for the orchestra, and help us in our mission to take music to everyone, everywhere.

Andrea worked with the Nevis Ensemble in December 2019, performing alongside the orchestra in community venues and public settings in Glasgow and Ayrshire, including Glasgow City Mission, East Ayrshire Young Carers Centre, Gartnavel Royal Hospital and Refuweegee.

You can see a clip on Andrea at Refuweegee here.

On becoming a Nevis Ambassador, Andrea says: ‘My week with the Nevis Ensemble in December 2019 completely changed the way I viewed the power of classical music to effect change. Outside traditional concert venues, the Nevis Ensemble brings light, joy and human connection to all of its audiences, it brought me back to why I became a singer, the capacity of live music to bring people together through a shared experience across boundaries of race, language, religion and nationality. 

Credit: John Need

British-American mezzo-soprano Andrea Baker is renowned for her distinctive voice, intense artistry, and passion. Highlights of her international appearances include Carmen for Opera Australia, Finnish National Opera and Opera Leipzig, and Porgy and Bess for the Berlin Philharmonic, Opera Lyon, Houston Grand Opera, and Edinburgh International Festival. She has performed at the BBC Proms, and the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Peking festivals, and concert engagements have led her to many of the world’s greatest concert halls including Cité de la Musique, Royal Albert Hall, Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Konzerthaus Berlin, The Barbican, and Tokyo Opera City.

Andrea’s show, Sing, Sistah Sing, which celebrates the breadth and versatility of the African American female voice has toured Scotland, the USA, Germany and Sweden. Focussing on artists such as Leontyne Price and Nina Simone, it weaves together stories of the struggles in the civil rights movement and the fight for artistic freedom.

Credit: G Robertson