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Andy Barclay

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Andy Barclay is the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal percussionist and has been a member of the orchestra since 1995. After studying at the Royal College of Music, he embarked on a wide-ranging freelance career with the London and regional orchestras, chamber ensembles and contemporary music groups. Prior to joining the LPO, he spent 5 years as a member of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Andy has also performed in West End shows including The Lion King and Les Misérables; on film soundtracks including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter; and other film and TV projects. He has worked with the Philharmonia, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Royal Opera House and English National Opera among others.

As a teacher and coach, Andy is much in demand: he is a professor of percussion at the Royal Academy of Music, visiting professor at the Royal College of Music and is regularly invited to give masterclasses at home and abroad. He is the regular percussion coach for the Britten-Pears School at Snape Maltings, and in 2012 performed a similar role with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra. 2018 saw him working with both the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra. 

Andy Barclay signature series

AB1

Producing a beautifully clean and bright tone, this mallet works best on professional glockenspiels with full size or wide bars. The mallet heads benefit from a steel inserts adding good and reassuring weight.

Specification

Instrument: Glockenspiel or crotales 

Tone:  Very bright and clear

Head material:  Bakelite

Head size: 1.125″

Total length: 36cm 

Colour:  Burgundy

Weight:  35 – 37 grams

Handle:  Rattan 

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AB2

A delicate and delightful mallet to use, capable of producing a crystal clear tone on all sizes of glockenspiel or crotales. The mallet heads benefit from central steel inserts adding good and assured weight

Specification

Instrument: Glockenspiel or crotales 

Tone:  Very bright and clear

Head material:  Bakelite

Head size: 1″

Total length: 33.5cm

Colour: Burgundy

Weight:  22 – 25 grams

Handle:  Rattan 

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AB3

Medium weight mallets that allow the player to dexterously move around the bars of a xylophone whilst producing excellent projection and retaining fundametal tone. Made with synthetic mallet heads. 

Specification

Instrument: Xylophone 

Tone:  Bright

Head material:  Nylon

Head size: 1.125″

Total length: 39cm

Colour: Barley

Weight:  27- 30 grams

Handle:  Rattan 

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AB3W

AB3W benefits from the addition of a brass insert in the mallet head, providing a little more weight helping to increase the overall projection of tone. 

Specification

Instrument: Xylophone 

Tone:  Bright

Head material:  Nylon & brass

Head size: 1.125″

Total length: 39cm

Colour: Barley

Weight:  32 – 34 grams

Handle:  Rattan

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AB4

A versatile mallet suitable for use on a number of different percussion instruments. With a medium weight and medium hard synthetic 1.125″ head, this mallet produces a clear but rounded fundamental tone. 

Specification

Instrument: Multiple 

Tone:  Medium

Head material:  Santoprene

Head size: 1.125″

Total length: 39cm

Colour: Sacremento

Weight:  26 -28 grams

Handle:  Rattan

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