Portrait of Professor Barrie Webb Professor Barrie Webb

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Biography

Professor Barrie Webb was a member of staff at the University of Huddersfield until 2010. Director of Performance and principal conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and University New Music Ensemble, he taught conducting, trombone and composition and now works as a freelance performer and researcher.

As Principal Conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra he gave numerous performances of works from the classical symphonic repertoire, including large-scale masterpieces of the twentieth century such as Rachmaninov Symphony No 2, Stravinsky Sacre du Printemps, Varèse Arcana and Shostakovich Symphony No 8

With both the University Symphony Orchestra and New Music Ensemble he gave numerous performances at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including works by Louis Andriessen (UK premières of de Stijl and Hadewijch), Berio (Laborintus II), Joe Cutler (world première of Awakenings, Sal’s Sax), Klaus Huber, Gérard Grisey, Tan Dun, Betsy Jolas, James MacMillan (Veni Veni Emmanuel and Busqueda), Mark-Antony Turnage (Drowned Out) and Joji Yuasa.

He taught conducting, trombone and composition at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and contributed to composition programmes with regular solo and ensemble performances of student compositions.

His principal area of research is contemporary performance, with outcomes expressed as CD recordings, concert performances, related articles, public lectures and teaching.  He was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to fund further recording projects during 2012-2014. Information about Professor Barrie Webb’s professional and research activity may be found at the CeReNeM website.

Research and 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.