Barry Wordsworth

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Barry Wordsworth (born 20 February 1948, Worcester Park, Surrey, England) is a British conductor.

From 1989 to 2006, Wordsworth was principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, and now holds the title of conductor laureate. From 1990 to 1995, Wordsworth was music director of the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden. He began his second tenure in that post in 2007. Since 1989, he is the principal conductor of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra. In March 2007 at Brighton, Wordsworth caused controversy when he refused to conduct Andrew Gant's new composition A British Symphony the day of the scheduled premiere.[1] He was music director of Birmingham Royal Ballet from 2005 to 2008.

Wordsworth's discography includes works by lesser-known British composers[2] alongside more mainstream pieces. He conducted the Last Night of the Proms in 1993. In 2003, he was the first conductor to record commercially all nine surviving movements of Constant Lambert's ballet Horoscope (only a suite of five movements had previously been recorded).[3]


  1. ^ Ben Hoyle (2007-03-10). "Premiere ends on sour note as conductor refuses to play". The Times. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  2. ^ Anthony Holden (2004-04-18). "Handel, Enescu and British Light Classics". The Observer. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  3. ^ Edward Greenfield (2004-08-13). "Walton: Wise Virgins ballet; Lambert: Horoscope ballet, BBC Concert Orch/ Wordsworth". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
John Carewe
Principal Conductor, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ashley Lawrence
Principal Conductor, BBC Concert Orchestra
Succeeded by
Keith Lockhart