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Andrew Barclay
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • School / Univ. / Institution: Royal College of Music in London
  • Country: United Kingdom

Andrew Barclay has been the Co-Principal Percussionist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995 and is the percussion section's main cymbal player.

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 and teachers David Searcy and Walter Rosenberger. On leaving college, Andrew 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.

Andrew also presents the LPO's highly-acclaimed schools' concerts in their home, The Royal Festival Hall. With several thousand children present, he has been required to sing, dance and even recite Shakespeare! Through the LPO he has also worked creatively with musicians from different styles and genres including the inspirational South African percussionist, Eugene Skeef.

Recently, Andrew 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, and as timpanist with "London Brass".

As a teacher, Andrew is much in demand. He is a professor of percussion at the Royal Academy of Music and also gives regular classes.

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