Barry led the ENO Orchestra for a total of 15 years from 1989 – 2004 with passion and professionalism.
He was admired by his colleagues, the company and indeed the audience in equal measure. At all times his unrivalled musicianship shone through. Nobody who heard him play will ever forget his heartfelt and emotional solos.
Even after retirement his enthusiasm and commitment to ENO remained. He continued to support and attend performances at the London Coliseum. His love and devotion to music was a constant throughout his life and career.
Our Chair, Dr Harry Brunjes, said,
“I have spoken to many of Barry’s colleagues who are very saddened by this news.
Many refer to his ultimate professionalism combined with unswerving respect for music and musicians. His good humour was legendary and there was always a twinkle in his eye.
At all times his talent and integrity shone through. Barry Griffiths was a member of the ENO family and will be deeply missed.”