Professor Barrie Webb

Leverhulme Fellow
2012–2014

Barrie Webb studied Music at Cambridge University, trombone with Vinko Globokar and conducting with Constantin Bugeanu. A leading figure in the development of new trombone repertoire, Barrie Webb’s performances include venues such as Suntory Hall, Tokyo (as soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra), Seoul National Theatre, Carnegie Hall (Weill Auditorium), New York, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, London, La Scala (Piccolo Teatro), Milan, Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest.His performances have beenbroadcast by the BBC, Radio France, RAI (Italy), RRTV (Romania), ABC (Australia), NHK (Japan), Voice of Music (Israel) and Korean National Television.

With the The Japan Project (1999-2002), he began an ongoing series of focused performance and recording projects, including the CD Hoy! (new works for trombone and percussion from Australia and The Philippines, with Peter Neville, 2006), the outcome of one of many collaborations with the Melbourne Composers’ League; and  new works from Masan, South Korea on the CD The Happoman (Masan Bay) Project  (2009). He was recently awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to fund further recording projects during 2012-2014.

He enjoys parallel activity as conductor, working with professional orchestras and contemporary ensembles and with young musicians. Barrie has an ongoing association with the musical life of Romania, having conducted most of their orchestras and broadcast on national radio and television, most recently at the George Enescu Festival. Recent appearances have also taken him to Spain, Taiwan, Australia and China.

In 2007 he was Guest Editor for the Contemporary Music Review, Vol.26, No.2: Contemporary Performance, contributing three articles: ‘Performing Berio’s Sequenza V’, ‘Richard Barrett’s ‘Imaginary’ Trombone’ and the autobiographical ‘Partners in Creation’. He is currently preparing a book chapter about the conducting methods of Constantin Bugeanu, due for publication in 2013.

Research & Scholarship

Solo performance: the development of new repertoire for solo trombone, outcomes expressed as CD recordings, concert performances, related articles, public lectures.

Orchestral conducting: performance of new works for orchestra and ensemble, outcomes expressed as CD recordings, concert performances, related writings and teaching.

Research Outputs

2012

Webb, B (2012) Chris Watson Tag (and release) for trombone and string quartet  World premiere with the Silo String Quartet. Richmond Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia, Dec 9, 2012. Published at SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand Music http://sounz.org.nz/manifestations/show/14121

2011

Webb, B (2011) Mihaela Vosganian The Journey of the Human Angel

Conductor, Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra and soloists, 2011 George Enescu Festival, September 16, 2011. Broadcast live on Romanian National Television.

Webb, B (2011) Interview with George Balint’ published online by Muzica magazine, Romania, 2011.

2010

Webb, B (2010) Dan Dediu Hibernator, concerto for trombone and orchestra

World premiere with the Romanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Horia Andreescu, 20th International New Music Week, Bucharest, Romania, May, 2010. Broadcast live on Romanian National Radio.

Webb, B (2010) On Being a Contemporary Performer  Public lecture at the The Music Library of Greece, Megaron, Athens. May 10, 2010. (Text published on The Music Library of Greece website.)

2009

Webb, B (2009) The Masan Bay Project  New works by Korean composers from Masan City, with Jin-young Jo (chango) and Hyun-su Lee (marimba). (Trombone Classics, UK, 2009)                                                          

2008

Webb, B (2008) Below the Star-Stretched Sky 2: New Music from Australia and Korea at Carnegie Hall (Weill Auditorium) New York, September 2008.

2007

Webb, B (2007) Below the Star-Stretched Sky: New works from Australia and Korea  World premieres of new repertoire for trombone and string quartet, in collaboration with Australia’s Silo Quartet. Melbourne, September 2007 (broadcast by ABC, Australia)

Webb, B (2007) Of Dragonflies and Moonbeams  Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and The Book of the Hanging Garden performed by Alison Wells (soprano), Firebird Ensemble, conductor Barrie Webb (University of Hertfordshire Recordings, UK 2007)

Webb, B (2007) ‘Richard Barrett's 'imaginary trombone'Contemporary Music Review , 26 (2), pp. 151-177. ISSN 0749-4467

Webb, B (2007) ‘IntroductionContemporary Music Review, 26 (2), p. 127. ISSN 0749-4467

Webb, B (2007) ‘Partners in creationContemporary Music Review, 26 (2), pp. 255-281. ISSN 0749-4467

Webb, B (2007) ‘Performing Berio's Sequenza VContemporary Music Review , 26 (2), pp. 207-218. ISSN 0749-4467

2006

Webb, B (2006) HOY!  New music from Australia and the Philippines with Peter Neville, percussion. This project of seven new solo works was realised in concert in Melbourne in 2004 and separately recorded for CD release. (MPS, UK 2006).

2004

Webb, B (2004) René Leibowitz Concertino for Trombone Japanese premiere and first ever recording, with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra Tokyo, conductor Vinko Globokar, Tokyo Suntory Hall, August 26, 2004. (Recorded and broadcast by NHK Japan, November 2004)