Sep 13 2023
From Jamaica to Glastonbury: Barrington Chambers on Resilience, Music, and Inclusive Innovation
In the vibrant world of music, where melody knows no boundaries, Barrington Chambers is an inspiring figure. In our latest edition of "Gear Gadgets and Gizmos," we had the privilege to interview Barrington, a remarkable Afro Caribbean musician whose journey is nothing short of extraordinary.A short time after coming to the UK from Jamaica in 1999 Barrington's life took an unexpected turn when he became blind . But instead of letting this challenge define him, he embraced it and embarked on a musical odyssey that continues to entertain audiences worldwide.This talented musician is a multi-instrumentalist, mastering the bass guitar, drums, saxophone, harmonica, and more. His passion for music led him to co-found the Bristol Reggae Orchestra, a musical ensemble that blends diverse talents to create reggae music. Accompanied by the Windrush choir, they have graced the stage at prestigious events, including the iconic Glastonbury Festival in 2023.Beyond the musical stage, Barrington's commitment to fostering young musical talent is truly commendable. He and several other musicians are actively involved in teaching music to young enthusiasts in the Bristol and south west area, nurturing the next generation of musical prodigies. On top of all this Barrington's dedicates time to working with Bristol Council on access issues and is a valued member of the RIDC Consumer Panel and regularly test products and services to ensure they are accessible and inclusive.