At the age of 23, Henry has produced three solo albums, received a degree in popular music (as well as numerous academic awards in recognition of his ability as a songwriter and guitarist) and is making a name for himself around the UK and Europe.
Whilst still at school, Henry made his debut album ‘Take A Form’ in friends’ kitchens and garages. Henry was beginning to reveal a gift for turning stories into songs; for crafting a melody, and for being totally fearless with it – whilst presenting us with his burgeoning ability on the acoustic guitar. The very creation of this album at such a young age conveys a soul with an enduring passion for music-making. Planet Stereo said: ‘Henry Bateman’s Take a Form is truly a masterpiece from beginning to end. He is a gifted storyteller, and he showcases that with ease on the album.’
At the age of eighteen, Henry received an Exhibition Award from Trinity Guildhall in recognition of an exceptional performance in his Grade Eight exam. He continued to study the classical guitar during his time at Leeds College of Music, under the tutelage of Peter Batchelar. ‘The classical guitar became a springboard for me. The real interest came when I applied that technique to the steel string guitar. I became consumed by Michael Hedges’ music. It blew my mind how someone could be so innovative with regards to technique – whilst also creating truly profound pieces.’ He went on to study the music of guitarists such as Hedges, Thomas Leeds, Pierre Bensusan and Eric Roche – this passion for his instrument frequently adding exquisite textures to his songs.