Barnaby Brown

Barnaby Brown abandoned the bagpipe when he was thirteen to pursue the orchestral flute. Ten years later he saw the light, returned to the classical music of the pipes and settled in seventeenth-century Scotland. He was in the middle of studying Gaelic when an ancestor of the bagpipe took him back a thousand years and transplanted him to Sardinia. The guitarist Gianluca Dessì found him playing the triplepipe by a Bronze Age fort and was coaxing him back to the twenty-first century when some music archaeologists showed him how many prehistoric instruments were lying in silence. Between 2006 and 2012, his artistic collaborations included smelting Japanese, Indian and Scottish traditions for the Edinburgh Festivals commission Yatra, composing ‘Scottish Bali’ with Gamelan Naga Mas, developing modules on several programmes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and helping design the European Music Archaeology Project. In 2014, his CD with the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge – In Praise of Saint Columba (Delphian DCD34137) – delighted critics in the Guardian, Times and Financial Times, and was described on BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library as ‘doing for the music of the ancient Celtic church what Gothic Voices did for Hildegard of Bingen’. In 2015, Sir James MacMillan dedicated Noli Pater to him, a work for choir, organ and triplepipe commissioned by St Albans International Organ Festival.