(subject to change)
available from 13 December
at Chestertons Barnes and East Sheen Offices,
booking form in brochure (available from late January)
The Barnes Music Festival is very proud and grateful to our patrons for their fantastic support and generous commitment
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"
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."
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!"
We are very proud of our close relationship with our partners and sponsors
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.