Barrie Webb

Barrie Webb is Professor of Music at the University of Huddersfield, where he teaches conducting, composition and trombone and directs the University’s performance programme. From 1984 until 1994 he taught at the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, from 1993 until 2002 at the Dartington International Summer School. Since 2000, Barrie Webb has made numerous concert and educational appearances in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and Australia.

Barrie Webb read Music at Cambridge University, afterwards studying trombone with Vinko Globokar and conducting with Constantin Bugeanu. His worldwide solo performances include broadcasts by the BBC, Radio France, RAI (Italy), RRTV (Romania), ABC (Australia). Since 1995 he has begun to document his repertoire on CD for Radio France/MFA, MPS (UK), Move (Australia), METIER (UK) and Col Legno (Germany). His latest solo CDs include The Japan Project (METIER, 2002) – well reviewed in The Sunday Times and featured on BBC Radio 3, Romanian Trombone Concertos (METIER, 2004) and Hoy! (MPS, 2006) – new works for trombone and percussion from Australia and the Philippines, performed and recorded in Melbourne. He also recorded Contemporary Classics for Trombone to feature representative works from the 1950s to the present day.

Recent concert highlights include, in 2003, a broadcast performance of Donald Erb’s Concerto and the world premiere Vladimir Scolnic’s Time Interferences for trombone and orchestra (broadcast on national radio in three countries and published on CD). In August 2004 he gave the second performance (and made the first ever recording) of René Leibowitz’s Concertino with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, broadcast on NHK in November 2004. In 2005 he visited Australia again to give a concert of Australian and Japanese music with Michael Kieran Harvey and Peter Neville, broadcast by the ABC. In November 2005 he gave solo performances at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including Takemitsu’s concerto Fantasma / Cantos II.

Since 1988 Barrie Webb has pursued a parallel career as conductor, appearing with orchestras and ensembles in Europe, Australia, Asia and the USA, directing a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire, including numerous premieres. His orchestral conducting engagements include televised concerts in Romania and Moldova, premieres of Walton and Britten in Taiwan, performances of Mozart in Spain, and a conducting residency in Melbourne. He has recorded for the BBC, and on CD for MPS, METIER, BML (UK), Ricordi (Italy), UCMR and Editura Muzicala (Romania) and Vienna Modern Masters.

Current projects include a performance / recording project with eight Korean composers and articles on the subject of contemporary performance for the Contemporary Music Review.

Works presented



Electric Spring 1995
Electric Spring 1997
Electric Spring 1998
Electric Spring 1996