22 October 2011
Barry joined the band of the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment as a junior musician at the of 15. In 1964 he became a member of the staff band of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps based in Deepcut. During his army career he toured in Europe and the Far East and played in many BBC radio broadcasts. Whilst in the army he studied the oboe with Derek Wickens, Principal Oboist with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
After leaving the army in 1976 he continued his musical career as a freelance musician, playing the oboe and cor anglais for various shows and grand opera productions in the south east of England. Barry is also a founder member of the local Pelly Concert Orchestra and has been with the FSO since the 1970s.