Hailed a “personable polymath” in the London Times, Barclay was director of music at Shakespeare’s Globe from 2012 to 2019, where he produced music for more than 120 productions and 150 concerts. A director, composer, writer and producer, he is the artistic director of Concert Theatre Works. He portrays Choderlos de Laclos in The Chevalier, which he also wrote, directed and produced.
Broadway and West End credits include “Farinelli and the King,” “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III,” all starring Mark Rylance.
A passionate advocate for evolving the concert hall, he has created works of concert theater for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and six times for the Boston Symphony Orchestra (including “Peer Gynt,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Andris Nelsons, The Magic Flute and L’Histoire du soldat with Charles Dutoit).
Other credits include the Silkroad Ensemble, London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Virginia Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Tanglewood Music Festival, Washington National Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.