Meet The Band

We’re a community of professional musicians, highly-experienced amateurs and very keen learners/returners.
2018daryle1Music Director and Conductor – Daryle Lowden
Daryle spent most of his 24-year army career with the Band of the Welsh Guards, playing clarinet at Trooping the Colour and the Cenotaph Services of Remembrance in Whitehall.  He grew up in an armed forces family in Plymouth, playing in school and youth bands.  He has also performed in London’s iconic concert halls alongside many of London’s professional orchestras, and travelled on numerous overseas tours.  A 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 20 years before!  Daryle has been part of the Barnes Concert Band community for 16 years, as Principal Clarinet and now our Musical Director.  He enjoys the friendly welcoming atmosphere and the challenge of developing the band and his own skills, whilst entertaining our audiences with a wide variety of demanding and entertaining music. 

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, we’ll raise a glass to that!

Percussion Manager & Principal Clarinet – Gemma Norford
Gemma studied music at University and has split her working life between the music industry and floristry.  Previous companies have included the Royal Opera House, PRS for Music and ABRSM. She is  Head of Junior Music at an independent school in South West London.  Gemma has been a member of the Band since she first moved to London in 2006 – she mostly plays solo clarinet, although can also be found in the sax section and on bass clarinet when the need arises!  Gemma says:  “It’s a friendly community band and I’ve been privileged to make some very good friends. We often get together socially to play music in small groups, go for a cycle or just for a drink!”

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