• Barnes Music Festival

    11 - 26 March 2017

    Music & Place

  • Programme

    Overview

    (subject to change)

  • Event Calendar

    Music & Place

    more detailed information available from December

    (subject to change)

    Barnes Young Musician of the Year

    11 March 2017, 1.30pm, St Mary's Barnes, free

    The adjudication will be led by Ralph Alwood MBE, former Director of Music at Eton College. It is open to the public and families and friends of the performers are particularly welcome. The programme will be posted in advance on the website. The holder of the title will be announced at the end of the afternoon and will have an opportunity to perform during the Festival. (Find more info below)

    Opening Concert - Four Seasons with Tasmin Little

    11 March 2017, 7.30pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £25

    Tasmin Little is both the soloist and conductor in this unique coupling: Vivaldi’s ever-popular Four Seasons meets Roxanna Panufnik’s Four World Seasons.

    As a complete cycle, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons offers a set of vivid tableaux, imaginative and enticing, with ample chance for the violin soloist to display technique, sensitivity and colour. These are qualities that Roxanna Panufnik also sought for her own Seasons tribute, Four World Seasons, written especially for Tasmin Little.

    Full details to follow

    Barnes & Richmond Operatic Society - Songs from the Show

    12 March 2017, 1.00pm, Kitson Hall, Tickets £10

    Join South West London’s premiere non-professional Musical Theatre company for a global tour with familiar numbers from G&S through to the roaring 20s and 30s Broadway hits that will transport us to the golden age of theatreland in the first half of the twentieth century and beyond. Featuring hit show tunes from Merrie England, The Gondoliers, Oklahoma, 42nd Street and a Little Night Music alongside stand alone songs.

    Having been formed as an offshoot of the Barnes Choral Society over 100 years ago we are pleased that BROS returns home to make its debut in the Barnes Music Festival.

    Barnes Choir - Music and Place

    12 March 2017, 7.30pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £15

    The Barnes Choir present three works connected through their associations with different places. The Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein were commissioned by Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral, in 1964 for the Three Choirs Festival. Bob Chilcott's vibrant and varied cantata evokes a contemporary impression of London's sights, sounds and moods. Handel was one of the charter founders of the London Foundling Hospital and his Foundling Hospital Anthem was written to be performed at the Hospital. Full details to follow

    Nocturne: Music & Poetry Recital with Madeleine Mitchell

    13 March 2017, 7.30pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £15

    Violinist Madeleine Mitchell, described by The Times as 'one of the UK's liveliest musical forces' created this wonderful programme together with distinguished Barnes poet and librettist, David Harsent on the theme of Night. Included is the world-premiere of a piece for violin and narrator celebrating nocturnal Barnes. Evocative music for violin and piano alternates with Harsent reading poems from his award winning collection Night, plus the exquisite 3 Pieces for violin and piano by Howells of 1917, including a Russian Lament. BMF regular Marc Verter is the pianist.

    Full details to follow

    Alke Quartet - Haydn and Janacek

    14 March 2017, 1.00pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £10

    Formed in 2011, the Alke Quartet have performed in a number of prestigious venues in London and will make their Wigmore Hall debut in March 2017. In Barnes they will play Haydn's light-hearted String Quartet in Eb major, contrasting it with Janacek's first string quartet, ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’, which was inspired by Tolstoy’s novella. Full details to follow

    An Evening with Sean Rafferty

    14 March 2017, 8.00pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £15

    The respected arts broadcaster, Sean Rafferty is best known for presenting BBC Radio 3's flagship evening programme In Tune where live music and interviews present the latest in classical music. Sean is a past master at putting artists at their ease with his relaxed style and infectious humour; from the rich and famous to the student quartet fresh from college, Sean can make anyone feel a star.

    Sean will be in conversation with Artistic Director Daniel Turner who hopes to elicit stories of success, the music that has influenced him and one or two moments where the demands of live broadcasting have called upon Sean's legendary ability to improvise.

    Kit and McConnell: Pheasant Laughter

    15 March 2017, 7.30pm. St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £20

    We are delighted to be welcoming the amazing cabaret double act of Kit and McConnel to present their latest show Pheasant Laughter.with brand new songs that address the really important things: Love, Death and Wet Wipes. They have had sell-out shows at London cabaret venues The Pheasantry, The Crazy Coqs, and St. James’ Theatre plus the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, and Three Choirs Festivals, as well as a host of theatres and concert halls up and down the UK. They regularly toured the UK with the late, great Joan Rivers and are often to be heard on BBC Radio.

    ‘I could barely write for laughing, most of the time’ (Edinburgh Fringe Review)

    ‘Cabaret Royalty’ (Time Out) 

    Grand Tour - Organ Recital with Oliver Condy

    16 March 2017, 1.00pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £10

    Oliver Condy combines a varied and interesting life as a classical music journalist (he is Editor of BBC Music Magazine) with organ and singing performances and radio broadcasting.

    Oliver takes us on a Grand Tour of organ music starting with Bruhns and De Grigny - the Danish and French predecessors of JS Bach and early pioneers of the organ repertoire. We travel throughout the continent taking in music from four centuries including works by Pärt, Rautavaara, Gibbons and Araujo. The programme begins and ends with the colossal achievements of Bach's Preludes and Fugues in G and B minor displaying the ringing tones of St Mary's organ to full effect.

    Barnes Music Society: London-themed Concert with the Rautio Piano Trio

    16 March 2017, 7.30pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £15, concession £10

    As well as a JC Bach, Mendelsohn and Smyth Trio, the Rautio Trio with Jane Rautio, violin, Victoria Simonsen, cello, and Jan Ratio, piano, will perform Jim Parker's four Betjeman poems. The music has been specially arranged for the trio by Jim Parker and we are delighted that Eleanor Bron has agreed to be the narrator for this performance.

    Full details to follow

    St Paul's Girls' School Cantamus

    17 March 2017, 7.30pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £15

    To tie in with their forthcoming tour to Bruges and Ypres, Cantamus, a girls’ chamber choir of 12-15 year olds from St Paul’s Girls’ School, will present a programme with a reflective theme. Repertoire will include a newly commissioned piece by composer in residence Dr Bernard Hughes, Caccini’s reflective Ave Maria, Remembered by Nathan Waring with trumpet solo, Sister Song by Canadian composer Sarah Quartel and Bob Chilcott’s beautiful version of Our revels now are ended. There will also be solo instrumental and chamber items performed by music scholars and choristers.

    Full details to follow

    Camille - A Song for You, from around the World

    17 March 2017, 8.00pm, OSO Arts Centre, Tickets £10 and at OSO

     

    Camille, Charlie & friends are delighted to return, as part of the Barnes Music Festival 2017, to what has become one of their favourite venues. To mark the occasion, the programme will follow the thematic link of Music & Place, while remaining close to the song choices that have, over time, become part of their lives.

    Georgian London - Fulham Camerata & Festival Chorus

    18 March 2017, 7.30pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £15

    Explore the sights and sounds of London town during one of her most exciting periods. This concert celebrates the music of Georgian London as seen at Court, Tavern, Church and the infamous Pleasure Gardens. We are delighted to welcome back the Fulham Camerata and the Barnes Music Festival Chorus for our sonic tour of the capital, accompanied by Barnes Baroque (on period instruments). Full details to follow

    St Paul's School Jazz Band

    19 March 2017, 1.00pm, Kitson Hall, Tickets £7

    Ensembles from the highly-regarded jazz programme at St Paul’s School return to the Barnes Music Festival to perform in Kitson Hall a programme of jazz from around the world. The performances will include new arrangements written especially for the Festival. Full details to follow

    Come and Sing: Gilbert & Sullivan

    19 March 2017, St Mary's Barnes,

    11.30am, Rehearsal, registration form, £20 for participants

    Join a day of Come & Sing Gilbert & Sullivan with many of his well-known songs from operas spanning the world from the Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore to The Gondoliers and The Mikado. The Come & Sing day is conducted by leading G&S opera specialist and theatre director John Savournin and is open to singers of all abilities – no previous experience of singing G&S required! Full details to follow

    Gilbert & Sullivan World Tour with Gyles Brandreth

    19 March 2017, St Mary's Barnes,

    6.00pm, Concert, Tickets £10

    A World Tour as told by Gilbert & Sullivan with narration by BBC celebrity Gyles Brandreth,

    Full details to follow

    National Youth Jazz Orchestra's Nonet

    19 March 2017, 8.00pm, Bull's Head, Tickets £12, at the door

    The National Youth Jazz Orchestra’s Nonet is a showcase for some of the most talented young jazz musicians in the UK with a focus on small-group improvisation. Returning to the Barnes Music Festival for the fifth year running, their arrangements this year reflect the Festival theme by taking a jazz tour around the world. Full details to follow

    Italian Journey - Ashley Fripp Piano Recital

    20 March 2017, 7.30pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £15

    British pianist Ashley Fripp performs a recital in which Mozart's vibrant D major piano sonata is richly contrasted by journeying to the Gothic horrors of Ravel's fiendishly difficult Gaspard de la Nuit. The concert will also feature the complete second book of Liszt's magnificent “Years of Pilgrimage” which is comprised of works inspired by Italian renaissance poetry, painting and sculpture – one of the great pinnacles of the Romantic era.

    Full details to follow

    Organ Recital - Martin Neary

    21 March 2017, 1.00pm, St Michael's, Tickets £10

    This sparkling programme is designed to show off the resources of the splendidly refurbished organ at St Michael’s. There is a clear French flavour; the recital opens with Clérambault’s Suite du Premier Ton, followed by Bach’s great Pièce d’Orgue (Fantasia in G) which shows strong French influences. Two classics from the 19th century Romantic repertoire: César Franck’s lyrical Prélude, Fugue and Variation,are followed by Franz Liszt’s virtuoso homage to Bach with his Prelude and Fugue on BACH. The recital ends with the glittering Carnival by the young English composer, Thomas Hewitt Jones. Full details to follow

    A Musical Aviary

    21 March 2017, 7.30pm, Wetland Centre, Tickets £15

    One of the most notable places in Barnes is the London Wetland Centre, an urban oasis for wildlife and people, and we are delighted to be presenting the first-ever classical music concert to take place there, in the newly-refurbished Thames H2O auditorium. A Musical Aviary features music inspired by birdsong through the ages including works by Vaughan Williams, Biber and Handel (who lived at nearby Barn Elms when he first came to London in 1712).

    Full details to follow

    Thyme & Plaice - Cantabile and Barnes Concert Band

    21 March 2017, 8.00pm, Wathen Hall, Tickets £15

    An evening menu of musical delights in aid of FiSH Neighbourhood Care. Featuring Richard Suart, singer and actor, who has specialised in the comic roles of Gilbert and Sullivan, accompanied by Bryan Evans, a leading exponent of chamber opera and co-founder of Diva Opera. The London Quartet, Cantabile a capella group, outstanding in both comedy and classics. The Barnes Concert Band with a membership of 40 wind, brass and percussion players. Full details to follow

    Brahms Requiem - English Chamber Choir

    22 March 2017, 7.30pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £15

    Brahms is recognised as the towering figure of late romanticism and in his requiem we find a pivotal work that reshaped his reputation and career. This performance uses Brahms own arrangement for piano duet that was first premiered in London to help bring his music to smaller venues and to a wider audience. The second half features Choral arrangements of Gershwin and Cole Porter songs. Full details to follow

    A Tour around Baroque Europe - Le Petit Orchestre

    23 March 2017, 1.00pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £10

    Le Petit Orchestre is a small ensemble of eight musicians, specialising in music of the baroque era played on copies of instruments of the period. This programme casts the net wide to encompass works from the leading musical European countries of the day.

    Full details to follow

    Barnes Music Festival Community Evening

    23 March 2017, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity, Tickets £10

    Barnes Community Choir is for singers of all ages and backgrounds, who share a love of song and an enthusiasm for making music together. The programme includes contemporary choral works, pop, jazz, gospel and show tunes. Alan Franks, award-winning author and musician, performs a solo set and joins the Choir for a couple of his songs.

    Full details to follow

    River Thames and the Boat Race -

    Craig Ogden, James Gilchrist, School Children and Elly Oldroyd

    24 March 2017, 7.00pm, St Mary's Barnes, Tickets £12

    A main artery for London and a key feature of Barnes’ geography the River Thames is celebrated in much music and poetry. Distinguished British composer Stephen Dodgson is best known for his guitar works and enjoyed a daily walk by the river and this affinity is strongly felt in Watersmeet. The Boat Race paints a picture in music of the excitement of the annual race between Oxford and Cambridge. Local school children have been working hard to create their own musical version, BBC sports journalist Eleanor Oldroyd is our commentator. Full details to follow

    English Chamber Singers and St Michael’s Choir with Taverner, Howells and Fauré Requiem

    25 March 2017, 7.30pm, St Michael's, Tickets £12

    Two striking unaccompanied settings, John Tavener’s Hymns to the Mother of God, and Aaron Copland’s In the beginning, (with mezzo-soprano Elspeth Marrow) are followed by Herbert Howells’s By the waters of Babylon, for baritone, violin, cello and organ, and Janacek’s passionate setting of The Lord’s Prayer. The second half is devoted to the Fauré Requiem.

    Full details to follow

    Britten and Aldeburgh by Tony Palmer with Elly Oldroyd

    26 March 2017, 10.30am, Olympic Studio, Tickets £15

    One of Tony Palmer’s first films. shot at the 1967 Aldeburgh Festival when the Queen opened The Maltings at Snape, has become a classic with brilliant editing making a natural partnership of music and picture and demonstrating how the place of Aldeburgh had such a profound effect on Britten’s music and helped create one of the world’s premier festivals. Full details to follow

    Barnes Blues Band

    26 March 2017, 2.00pm, Bull's Head, Tickets £12, at the door

    Barnes Blues Band returns to the Barnes Music Festival with high calibre rock blues on the Festival theme of Music & Place. The band was formed by vocalist and guitarist Bobby Tench (best known for his work with The Jeff Beck Group, Humble Pie, Streetwalkers and Hummingbird) attracting a broad fan base enthused by infectious, high octane performances. Passionate vocals and committed guitar playing by the respected UK bluesman Papa George entices Tench’s potent creativity.

     

    Festival Choral Evensong

    26 March 2017, 6.00pm, St Mary's Barnes, free

    Join us for the final celebratory event of the Barnes Music Festival 2017. The timeless office of Choral Evensong is a beautiful marriage of prose and music and has enhanced the place of worship throughout the centuries. The service includes music from Barnes composers Howells and Holst and Brahms evocative anthem How Lovely is your Dwelling Place.  Full details to follow

  • Tickets

    available from 13 December

    online,

    at Chestertons Barnes and East Sheen Offices,

    booking form in brochure (available from late January)

  • Venues

  • About

    Orchestral, Choral, Instrumental, Jazz and Film Events from International Artists and Local Groups

    The Festival

    Barnes Music Festival in South West London is an annual celebration of music-making which includes choral, instrumental, orchestral, opera, jazz and film events with international stars and local groups and schools performing at venues across Barnes.

    The Festival celebrates music-making of the highest standard in conjunction with established and emerging stars. It also raises considerable funds for local charities.

     

    Music & Place, the theme for 2017, celebrates the way in which music enhances our appreciation of spaces and landscapes, whether this is the countryside or the city, the sea or the sky, the world or Barnes. The relationship between music, space and place is one of the richest creative connections in our cultural history. Real or imaginative landscapes and places have inspired composers through the ages.

    Music and sound are essential to our experience of the world. We not only use them to orientate ourselves acoustically, more often than not do they evoke in us memories of spaces and places, of moments in time. Music can offers us a highly individual experience but also a sense of place and belonging. It connects us to ideas, people and foreign cultures, and supports our understanding of our place in society and in the world as a whole.

     

    Highlights include the Opening Concert with Tasmin Little, the Fauré Requiem at St Michael’s and the Brahms Requiem at St Mary’s, a Gilbert & Sullivan Come & Sing, an Aviary Concert at the London Wetland Centre, and new Jim Parker settings of Betjeman poems with Eleanor Bron.

    We are launching the Barnes Young Musician of the Year with Ralph Allwood as adjudicator and running a series of Boat Race musical workshops for local schools who will come together to perform at a concert with Craig Ogden and James Gilchrist.

    Festival History

    The inaugural Festival took place in March 2013 with the theme Holst & the English Tradition celebrating the centenary of Gustav Holst living in Barnes. The Festival returned in 2014 concentrating on Three Greats: Elgar, Delius, Holst & the English Tradition marking the 80th anniversary of these landmark composers. For 2015 the Festival took as its theme The Magna Carta, Music & Freedom celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and its links with Barnes. For 2016, the theme was Handel & Composers of Barnes focusing on the rich variety of composers who have lived and worked in Barnes from Handel to Holst, Howells to Howard Goodall and Roxanna Panufnik..

    Festival Committee

    The Festival Committee brings together representatives from the Barnes Music Society, Barnes Choir, Barnes Community Association, St Michael's Barnes and The Friends of St Mary’s Barnes.

    Andrew Summers, Chairman; Daniel Turner, Artistic Director; Jane Bennett-Powell, St Michael's Barnes; Miranda Corben, Friends Coordinator;

    Dr Kirsten Fehring, Social & Print Media; Angela Hoggarth, Barnes Choir; Christopher Morgan, Barnes Music Society; Gary Smith, Barnes Community Association; Christine Thornton, Community & Schools Coordinator; Sara Newton, Festival Administrator

  • Patrons

    The Barnes Music Festival is very proud and grateful to our patrons for their fantastic support and generous commitment

    Howard Goodall

    Award-winning composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores and distinguished broadcaster

    "Being local to Barnes, I am thrilled to be associated with the Barnes Music Festival. It is a welcome addition to a part of London that has a long music tradition and that counts Gustav Holst as one of its own"

    Gyles Brandreth

    A prolific writer and broadcaster, former MP and Government Whip

    "Our ambition is to bring world-class music to Barnes - and to make it accessible to the whole community. As a Barnes resident, former parliamentarian and music lover, I am hopeful that, whatever your musical taste, you will find something to satisfy, to stimulate and to surprise you. Please take part. Please enjoy."

    Roxanna Panufnik

    One of the UK's most popular and loved composers

    "Barnes is a fabulous place for a composer to live - our community holds such an inspirationally diverse collection of musicians, writers and artists that it's only natural we should have a Barnes Music Festival to celebrate and promote this highly concentrated cultural epicentre with the highest quality performances in beautiful and serene settings. I'm very proud to be a patron and looking forward enormously to seeing you in March!"

  • Barnes Young Musician

    of the Year 2017

    The Barnes Young Musician of the Year competition is being launched to celebrate the very best of young local talent.

    It is a new and, we believe exciting venture for 2017, organised by BMF in conjunction with the Barnes Music Society.

     

    Applications are welcome from students of Grade 6 standard and above, who are studying for GCSE or A-level music, and who either live, attend school or have their instrumental lessons in Barnes. Distinguished conductor Ralph Allwood will lead the adjudication which will take place on the opening day of the Festival 11 March 2017 with the winner offered an opportunity to perform at the Festival concert on 24 March 2017.

     

    See Guidelines for Applicants and download the Application Form.

    The deadline for entries is 9 January 2017.

  • Partners

    We are very proud of our close relationship with our partners and sponsors

    The Friends of St Mary’s Barnes raise awareness of the church, which is an inspiring blend of the medieval and the contemporary, to promote its use by the community and to raise funds for its upkeep.

    Barnes Music Society aims to foster appreciation of music, promoting first-class concerts, and encouraging other musical activities especially involving young musicians.

    Barnes Choir is an amateur choir which aims to promote choral singing in the community of Barnes, Sheen and Richmond with regular concerts three times a year.

    Our estate agents in Barnes Village are specialists in providing property for sales and lettings in and around Barnes.

    We are a top 100, London-based law firm with around 200 highly regarded specialist solicitors and lawyers. We advise a mix of commercial, not-for-profit, regulatory and personal clients.

    Barnes Community Association is run by its members on behalf of the residents of Barnes to promote community in the neighbourhood and develop its amenities.

    Barnes Music Festival forms a significant part of the Richmond Music and Drama Festival programme which runs during March in venues across the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. This Festival launched in 2015 to celebrate the breadth of performing arts in the Borough and sees over 60 local arts organisations, professional artists, schools and young people showcasing their work.

  • Composers of Barnes

    The Flow of Inspiration

    by Eleanor Oldroyd

    What is there in the waters of Barnes that holds such an attraction for artists and music makers? Since George Frideric Handel’s sojourn at Barn Elms in 1713, a succession of leading composers have made the village their home. From Gustav Holst and Herbert Howells to Carl Davis and Roxanna Panufnik, they have raised children and written music to the accompaniment of the birds on the Common, and the ebb and flow of the tidal Thames.

    So have they found inspiration in this greenest of London villages? Or is it mere coincidence that has turned a corner of South West London into a creative hub?

    In this book to mark the 2016 Barnes Music Festival, BBC broadcaster Eleanor Oldroyd has put together informative and often affectionate biographical profiles of eight leading Barnes composers.

     

    The book is available at Barnes Bookshop, at our concerts or order via mail order

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