Principal Timpani (2002)
Simon Carrington joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra as principal timpanist in September 2002. He studied at the Royal College of Music and in 1991 joined the London Symphony Orchestra, going on to become junior principal timpani and percussion from 1995. Simon is senior professor of timpani at the Royal Academy of Music and has taught and given masterclasses around the world. He has also coached the timpani and percussion sections of many student orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and European Union Youth Orchestra.
As a percussionist he enjoyed playing vibraphone in Steve Reich’s Sextet at the Barbican in 1996 and he has also given a number of duo recitals (vibraphone and marimba) with Andrew Barclay at prestigious venues such as Dorchester Abbey and Fareham Library. Simon’s enthusiasms are family, cricket, skiing and water-skiing.
Principal Percussion (1995)
Chair supported by Andrew Davenport
Andrew Barclay has been the Co-Principal Percussionist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995. After studying at the Royal College of Music, Andrew embarked on a freelance career with 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 moving to the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He was appointed Principal in 2012. Andrew also presents the LPO’s highly-acclaimed school’s concerts at the Royal Festival Hall. With several thousand children present, he has been required to sing, dance and even recite Shakespeare!
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 and is a professor of percussion at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Keith Millar was born in Edinburgh and studied timpani and percussion privately with Leslie Newland of the Scottish National Orchestra. He also experimented with the clarinet, saxophone and double bass. At the age of 16, he joined the Scottish National Orchestra, its youngest ever member and remained there for five years. He was then invited to London to join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra becoming, at 21, its Principal Percussionist. He moved to the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Percussionist in 1972 and has been in the section ever since. He was happy to take a lesser role when Rachel became Principal in 1994.
He was founder member of London Sinfonietta and London Virtuosi and a member of London Operagroup. In his musical career he highlights working with famous composers like Walton, Britten and other musicians. He also was Director and Chairman of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1980s and 90s.
Principal Harp (1989)
Chair supported by Friends of the Orchestra
Rachel Masters has been Principal Harp of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for 20 years, having previously freelanced in London with many other orchestras and ensembles.
As a young musician, she performed widely as a soloist, and has an extensive discography of works by Alwyn, Britten, Debussy, Ginastera, Glière, Mozart and Ravel. She has occasionally appeared as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and has been a professor at the Royal College of Music since 1982. She enjoys mentoring young harpists through the orchestra’s Foyle Future First Scheme, and also participates in its education programme.
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