Banding Together 14th to 16th June 2019

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Barrie Johnson B.Ed(Hons), FTCL, LTCL

Barrie is a highly experienced music educator and musical director. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, his early music education was provided through the brass bands and choirs of The Salvation Army, together with running his own rock bands! Although his principal instrument became euphonium, he was also adept on tuba, tenor horn and trombone, with a smattering of guitar, bass, piano and drums. Barrie has headed up a range of prestigious school music departments, winning many top national awards with his wind bands, big bands, orchestras and many types of vocal groups. In addition he has directed area wind and brass bands, together with community brass bands and choirs. All of this has enabled him to lead performances in this country’s major performance venues such as London’s Royal Albert and Festival Halls and Symphony Hall, Birmingham, as well as on regular jazz based tours to New York, Los Angeles and Florida. He has also been Musical Director for many Music Theatre performances, including the first school performances of ‘Evita’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. Barrie likes nothing better than to get a group of musicians together to make high quality music, including conducting massed handbell groups through carol and song arrangements in Birmingham Cathedral. Very Christmassy!

Now in semi-retirement, living in Coventry, Barrie spends his time teaching A-level Music, conducting, adjudicating, leading education courses, composing & arranging music, consultancy work with school music departments, walking, reading, grandchildren minding and enjoying holidays. It’s not all fun though - he is an avid fan of Newcastle United FC!