Meet The Band

We’re a community of professional musicians, highly-experienced amateurs and very keen learners/returners.
2018daryle1Music Director and Conductor – Daryle Lowden
Growing up in Plymouth, Daryle’s musical journey began with playing the Trumpet in school and local youth bands.  He started to learn the Clarinet prior to joining the army in 1988 and after Basic Training he saw active service in Saudi Arabia, as part of the coalition forces that liberated Kuwait following the 1990 invasion.   Further studies at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, led to joining the Band of the Welsh Guards in 1995.  In addition to the ceremonial duties such as Changing the Guard and Trooping the Colour he has performed in many of the capital’s iconic concert halls alongside many of London’s professional orchestras during a career spanning 24 years.  In addition to the numerous concerts, overseas tours, and recordings that the band undertook, a particular highlight was performing in a masterclass for Andrew Marriner (Principal Clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra) – a dream come true after buying Andrew’s recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto some 20 years before!   Daryle has been part of the Barnes Concert Band community for 20 years, as Principal Clarinet then Musical Director since 2018.  He particularly enjoys the challenge of developing the band within a friendly atmosphere and entertaining our audiences with a wide variety of demanding and enjoyable music.  Daryle remains active as a Clarinettist and Saxophonist in both Southwest London and his home in Berkshire.

2018allsaints6Committee Chair and Clarinet – Andrea Lee
Andrea’s schooldays were crammed with playing clarinet in concert bands, ensembles and orchestras for local shows.  Then her career as a government economist took priority, until the Band offered an opportunity to start playing again.  Andrea recently took a music course with the Open University/Trinity Laban Conservatoire [which gave her experience in conducting the Band] and now studies arts management – perfect experience for our Committee Chair!  Andrea says “It means a lot to me that the Band is welcoming to new players and we support each other to learn and improve our musicianship.”  At our regular band socials, in between Covid, we’ll raise a glass to that!

A Symphonic Wind Band Playing In South West London

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