Composer and Conductor
Barry began conducting the BBC Radio Big Band on a regular basis in 1977 and continues to the present day.
He has built an unparalleled repertoire for the band, transcribing the best of big band music from early Ellington, through the Swing era, to the likes of Gerry Mulligan and Buddy Rich. He has toured the USA and Canada featuring numerous broadcast concerts with artists as disparate as George Shearing , Van Morrison and Cybill Shepherd, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry and Cleo Laine.
Barry has worked as a Musical Associate on several Hollywood films.
Barry has covered the whole gamut of music, from conducting Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song And Dance in London's West End to the composition of a 50-minute Beatles symphony.
Recent work includes a European Tour with the European Jazz Orchestra featuring original work by Forgie, a BBC commission for the Last Night of the Proms and a tour of Mexico with the combined forces of the BBC Big Band and RPO Symphony Orchestra featuring the music of the Beatles.
Surrey Brass was delighted to welcome Barry Forgie to conduct the premiere of his new work "The Energy Suite" by Barry Forgie in Concert on Saturday 24th November 2012 at the Vera Fletcher Hall.