Music Before 1800 Welcomes New Director

“MB1800 begins a new era two years shy of our 50th year. We welcome our first Artistic Director, Bill Barclay. He is an innovative and imaginative producer with amazing experience in the theater. He is a composer who is steeped in early music. Bill will oversee the long-planned upcoming season and make his own imprint beginning a year from now with the concerts for MB1800’s 49th season. We know he will broaden our horizons with his programs, pleasing our traditional audience and luring newcomers to early music.”
Bill Barclay is a composer, stage director, producer, music supervisor, and has been described as a “personable polymath” by the London Times. His seven years as director of music at Shakespeare’s Globe spanned 130 productions, the creation of a lauded Candlelit Concert series in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, international touring and filming, and a new record label. Through his company Concert Theatre Works, Barclay is an innovator in concert-theatre – bringing story to the symphony through groundbreaking uses of puppetry, dance, film, actors, and design.