Andy Barclay

Since 1995, Andy Barclay has been the Co-Principal Percussionist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) resident at the Royal Festival Hall and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Alan Cumberland and Michael Skinner and was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra working with the conductors Claudio Abbado, Eric Leinsdorf and Vladimir Ashkenazy. On leaving college, Andy embarked on a freelance career encompassing the London and regional orchestras, chamber and contemporary groups and West End shows. In 1990 he was invited to join the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and spent 5 years there before being appointed to the LPO. Since then he has worked with some of the world’s great conductors (including Haitink, Masur, Jansons, Gergiev, Mehta and the LPO’s principal conductor Vladimir Jurowski) and played in concert halls around the world from Carnegie Hall to The Great Hall of the People, Beijing. Andy has also acted as presenter for the LPO’s highly-acclaimed schools’ concerts in the Royal Festival Hall. With thousands of children present, he has been required to sing, dance and even recite Shakespeare! In 2009 he also presented a family concert with the LPO at Sydney Opera House. Through the LPO he has also worked creatively with musicians from many different styles and genres. Andy has also performed in ‘The Lion King’ in the West End, on the sound tracks to ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Harry Potter’ and other TV and film projects. As a teacher, Andy is much in demand. He is a professor of percussion at the Royal Academy of Music and also gives masterclasses at home and abroad. This summer he will coach the percussion and timpani section of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra.