Andrew Barclay is the Principal Percussionist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra which is resident at the Royal Festival Hall and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Alan Cumberland and Michael Skinner and was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra. On leaving college, Andrew embarked on a freelance career encompassing 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 being appointed to the LPO. Andrew has also performed in "The Lion King" in the West End, on the sound tracks to The Hobbit, 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. He is a professor of percussion at the Royal Academy of Music and also gives regular classes at home and abroad including next year in the USA under the auspices of Zildjian cymbals of whom he is an endorser. He was recently invited to coach the timpani and percussion section for the Aldeburgh World Orchestra and is a regular visitor to the Britten-Pears School at the Snape Maltings.
Barnaby Archer is a freelance Timpani and Percussionist based in London. He enjoys a varied career playing for various symphony orchestras, recording music, depping for Les Miserables in London’s West End, and teaching. He particularly loves playing the Timpani and has performed as guest principal timpanist with the London Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and English National Opera and also recorded the Berlioz Requiem with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the Timpani section.
Eddy Hackett is a freelance percussionist based in London, and is currently on trial for Principal Percussion with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has performed as Guest Principal Percussionist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Eddy is a member of the ‘Old Dirty Brasstards’, a 10 piece brass and drums group who have played at festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival and Secret Garden Party. Eddy has given masterclasses for the Universities of Glasgow, Aberdeen, Tokushima Bunri (Japan), City of Edinburgh Council, Katerina Gurska School of Music (Madrid) and Feldkirch Conservatoire. In 2004 Eddy reached the percussion finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.
Welsh percussionist Sarah Mason has performed internationally as a soloist in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House, with broadcasts from Classic FM to HTV. As an orchestral musician, she has toured China, Russia, and America with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded Howard Shore's score for 'The Hobbit', appeared on the BBC proms and was streamed live to cinemas across the UK from the Glyndebourne Opera House. Sarah studied with a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music and then went on to gain a Fellowship in Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music before returning to the Royal Academy of Music as a Fellow in Music Outreach. Following this, she has given workshops with Britten Sinfonia, Wigmore Hall, Streetwise Opera, and others. Sarah is passionate about performing new music, and has premiered works by composers including Mira Calix, Anna Meredith, and Mark Bowden. Highlights for 2014-15 include performances in South Africa, Canada, and Australia, as well as concerts closer to home.
Sarah is sponsored by Mike Balter mallets.
Sacha studied percussion at the Birmingham Conservatoire and then the Guildhall School of Music. This was followed by a Fellowship at the Tanglewood Institute. Since then he has worked regularly with many of the U.K.s leading symphony orchestras and opera companies. This has included being a guest principal with The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the B.B.C. Concert Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He also performs regularly as a vibraphone soloist playing a range of music from Baroque to Contemporary and is a member of Kokoro, a contemporary music ensemble.
Away from classical music, Sacha has worked on several West End productions including Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Cats Saturday Night Fever and We Will Rock You. As committed to teaching as he is to playing, Sacha has been teaching percussion at Marlborough College since 1998 becoming Head of Percussion in 2007. He is also a self-confessed ‘percussion anorak’, being a member of the National Association of Percussion Teachers, the VibesWorkshop and the Percussive Arts Society.