My name’s Barry, I live in Banbury and I am a fully accredited humanist celebrant, conducting weddings and funerals in Oxfordshire, the surrounding counties and am happy to consider travelling further afield and abroad too upon request.
Aside from conducting ceremonies, I am also an illustrator and a musician, teaching woodwind privately to children and adults and play saxophone in a busy 6-piece band – soul, funk, rock, northern soul and ska from the 60s, 70s and 80s. As a musician’s life is not a terribly opulent one, by day I am a freelance illustrator and designer graduating from the Falmouth School of Art. I also have a deep interest in ceramics and am in the process of building my own pottery studio.
I was first drawn to humanism whilst searching for a non-religious alternative to christenings for my son and daughter in the early 2000s and came to the Humanists UK. Until this point, I didn’t even know that my own non-religious and secular worldviews, which I arrived at fairly early on in life, were represented and promoted by humanist philosophy. Like countless others, I guess I’ve always been a humanist but hadn’t realised it until I needed to mark an important event. Both of my children’s humanist naming ceremonies were so personal and meaningful that I knew then that I wanted to be able to conduct ceremonies like this myself one day. And here I am, conducting weddings and funerals and am planning to add naming ceremonies later this year to complete the trilogy.
As I am of a more artistic nature, it has been frequently suggested that I do have a touch of perfectionism in me – and there’s no dodging this one! But be assured that I love what I do and am passionate about writing and delivering the best ceremony I can.