• Events Information

    Event Information 2019

    (Programme subject to change​)

    Handel in London

    A Festival Prelude with author Jane Glover

    and journalist Elly Oldroyd

    Friday 6 March London Wetland Centre

    8.00 pm Tickets £10

    In her book Handel in London: the Making of a Genius, acclaimed author and conductor Jane Glover, who has conducted Handel’s work in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, draws on her profound understanding of music and musicians to tell the story of George Frideric Handel and how he was at the heart of London’s musical activity for four decades.

    Elly Oldroyd, BBC journalist and author of Composers of Barnes will be talking with Jane about Handel and his time in London (and Barnes, of course).


    Final Adjudication

    Saturday 7 March Velehrad Centre

    12 noon Tickets free

    Ashley Solomon Adjudicator, David Syrus Accompanist

    The Award has become an established and important part of the Festival. Students benefit from opportunities such as performing in front of discerning Barnes Music Festival audiences, gaining prestige for themselves, their schools and teachers, and receiving feedback and guidance from world-class musicians.

    The final adjudication is as useful for the participants as it is entertaining and informative for the audience. Please find more info here

    Opening Concert - Journeys around Europe

    with Hugo Ticciati and O/Modernt Ensemble

    Saturday 7 March St Mary’s

    7.30 pm Tickets £20


    Internationally acclaimed violinist, Hugo Ticciati, sweeps the Barnes audience along in a whirlwind programme of a journey through space, time and emotion.

    Hugo’s typically innovative programme transports us on a European tour heavily curated by his unique perspective on music and art, including pieces by Pēteris Vasks, Roxana Panufnik, Purcell and Britten.

    St Pauls Schools instrumentalists will be forming part of the ensemble, as O/Modernt aim to share experience and stage with the next generation.

    "A refreshing thunderstorm" Kleine Zeitung Klagenfurt

    Barnes Concert Band

    Sunday 8 March St Mary’s

    3.00 pm Tickets £10

    The Barnes Concert Band enjoys entertaining its audiences with a mix of challenging symphonic band music and bandstand favourites. Join them as they return to this year’s festival presenting a musical travel adventure from the Americas and Africa, culminating in Nigel Hess’s Thames Journey. Please stay and share your travel memories after the concert with the band members, tea & cake will be served.

    Howard Goodall presents

    The Beatles: a musical appreciation

    Sunday 8 March Olympic Studio

    10.30 am Tickets £15

    Composer and broadcaster Howard Goodall presents his documentary on the music of the Beatles and the immense influence it had on both pop and classical music in the latter part of the twentieth century. By mixing pop and classical techniques, and cross-fertilising them with Indian and electronic music, they refreshed and revitalised western harmony.

    The Beatles made many recordings at the original Olympic Studios and, after showing the film, Howard Goodall will reflect on their musical journey and respond to questions from the audience.

    JS Bach

    Mass in B minor

    Sunday 8 March St Michael's Barnes

    7.00 pm Tickets £40, £30, £20, £15

    Colette Boushell soprano, Elspeth Marrow mezzo-soprano

    William Blake tenor, Laurence Williams bass


    The English Chamber Singers and St Michael’s Choir with the Barnes Period Instrumentalists take on arguably the most demanding of all Bach’s choral masterpieces. The Mass in B minor is not only one of Bach’s greatest works, but can also be perceived as an amazing musical and theological journey. Bach takes us on an extraordinary voyage, which stretches the boundaries of even his creative powers.

    Roderick Williams

    Songs of a Wayfarer

    Monday 9 March St Mary’s

    7.30 pm Tickets £20

    Prepare to be transported on a journey of rejection, affection and nostalgia by internationally acclaimed baritone, Roderick Williams, with songs by Schubert (Der Wanderer), Gurney, Ireland, Mahler (Lieder eines fahrendes Gesellen), Schumann (From Kerner Lieder Op. 35) and Vaughn Williams (Songs of Travel).

    Williams (accompanied by Christopher Glynn) has a reputation as one of the great interpreters of lieder and song. He won the Singer of the Year Award in the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards. Williams has sung with all the BBC orchestras, and many others including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

    Steven Isserlis in Conversation

    with the next generation

    Tuesday 10 March St Mary’s

    7.30 pm Tickets £15

    Isserlis and young cellist Leo Pepplewell will talk about Isserlis' career, his interests and the music which has most influenced him, all accompanied by a selection of recorded extracts. Expect a conversation between cellists, teacher and pupil and Barnes residents (former and present).

    Born in Barnes, Steven Isserlis CBE is an internationally acclaimed cellist, author, musical explorer and general enthusiast. He plays regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, curates series for many of the world’s most famous festivals and venues, taking a strong interest in authentic performance and is an passionate educator, writer and broadcaster.

    Leo Popplewell, a rising star and award-winning cellist has also previously played in a masterclass for Steven Isserlis.

    The Queens’ Favourites

    Linos Piano Trio

    Wednesday 11 March St Mary’s

    7.30 pm Tickets £15

    Framed by favourite composers of two British queens, this programme sheds light on the rich dialogues between Austro-German composers and British musical life. JC Bach (accompanied Sonata in D Major Op. 2/3), who settled in London and worked as Master of Music for Queen Charlotte, met Mozart (Piano Trio in C Major K. 548) in London and became an important influence in Mozart’s musical style. Mendelssohn was Queen Victoria’s favourite composer. He visited London frequently and became an important figure in British musical life. Prince Albert was a committed and prolific composer himself, and here two of Albert’s songs are arranged by the Linos Piano Trio and juxtaposed with Mendelssohn’s D minor trio Op. 49.    

    The Linos Piano Trio is increasingly recognised as one of Europe's most creative and dynamic trios.

    "A slow-burning, gripping performance" The Strad

    Handel Messiah

    Charlotte Bowden soprano, Hugh Cutting counter tenor , 

    Michael Bell tenor, James Atkinson bass, Tiffin Boys’ Choir, Barnes Festival Orchestra,

    James Day conductor

    Friday 13 March St Mary’s

    7.30 pm Tickets £20

    Handel’s Messiah transports the audience through an amazing range of emotions, from the grandeur of the Hallelujah chorus, to tenderness in I know that my redeemer liveth. It is a story that takes us through the full journey of Jesus Christ, from the prophecies of his coming to birth, Passion, resurrection and glorification in Heaven.

    German born  Handel, spent most of his life in cosmopolitan London (and living for a brief period in Barnes) where he was something of a celebrity. He became a naturalised British subject in 1727. The Tiffin Boys’ Choir are one of the busiest and most varied Boys’ Choirs in the world, based down the road in Kingston.

    Jazz around the World

    National Youth Jazz Orchestra Nonet

    Music Director Mark Armstrong

    Sunday 15 March Bull's Head

    8.00 pm Tickets £15

    The NYJO Nonet, made up of senior members of the NYJO Jazz Orchestra under Music Director Mark Armstrong, returns to the Barnes Music Festival with a musical journey around the world. Visiting some of the major destinations of jazz, music made famous in New Orleans, Chicago, New York and
    San Francisco includes pieces from Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Mingos. Farther afield, destinations show a love of Paris and popular nightspots like Tunisia, Moscow and London. There may even be a flight to the Moon!

    Violine & Piano Recital

    Henry Chandler & John Paul Ekins

    Monday 16 March St Mary’s

    7.30 pm Tickets £15

    Local musicians Chandler and Ekins return to the festival with an enticing programme including Beethoven’s A minor Violin Sonata, Schubert’s Fantasie in C and Franck’s Violin Sonata. These works trace the journey and development of the violin sonata through the nineteenth century and beyond, from the Austro-German musical epicentre to the somewhat musically peripheral French countryside where Franck’s work was first performed.

    Sincerely Noel

    Alistair McGowan & Charlotte Page

    Wednesday 18 March St Mary’s

    7.30 pm Tickets £25 £20

    Festival-favourite, Alistair McGowan, with singer and actress Charlotte Page, breathe new life into Noel Coward's music and verse.
    In new arrangements of Coward's music by Warren Wills, "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" becomes a Weimar-era number performed by two baffled Germans, "Mad About The Boy" mixes Coward and Erik Satie and "I Travel Alone" gets a George Shearing treatment. Other songs are taken on similar musical journeys and are interwoven with Coward's rarely-performed poems/verses which the pair have made into a series of often surprisingly-moving duologues. Expect laughter and lumps in the throat in equal measure as they take us on a musical journey to show us Noel Coward's keen eye (and ear) for the pain and pleasure caused by 'the impossibility of love.'

    Jazz around the World ​​

    Harrodian School Jazz Band

    Sunday 21 March OSO Arts Centre

    1.00 pm Tickets £10

    Wishing you a relaxed Saturday with some chilled Jazz and delicious food, snacks & drinks from the OSO Café. Join the Harrodian Jazz Band under leader Hannah Ashe for an hour-long journey in the world of jazz, blues and pop.

    The band has around 18 members and perform regularly at school events and at external venues such as the Bulls Head as well as touring internationally. Recent tour destinations have included Krakow and Budapest where the band have played in some exciting venues. This is their second year taking part in the Barnes Music Festival.

    The World is a Cabaret

    Barnes Community Choir & Juices of the Barley's

    Thursday 19 March Holy Trinity Church

    7.30 pm Tickets £10

    Barnes Community Choir and Juice of the Barley’s will dive deep into gospel, jazz, classical, folk and musical theatre.

    BCC is for singers of all ages and backgrounds, who share a love of song and an enthusiasm for making music together. Conductor Joe Bunker: “This choir is based on inclusivity and accessibility: the results we achieve are amazing. The choir love to perform for eventsin churches, pubs and community spaces around Barnes and for bigger audiences – including the Albert Hall, Tate Modern and the Young Vic!”

    Juice of the Barley’s music hails from all over the world. Their diverse repertoire of songs and tunes spans Irish folk music, bluegrass, pop and rock. Their music is both familiar and yet refreshingly different with great songs interpreted in a unique way. Food and drink will be available for sale on the evening.

    Britten — Death in Venice

    a film by Tony Palmer

    Sunday 22 March Olmpic Studio

    10.00 am Tickets £15

    Featuring Robert Gard, John Shirley-Quirk, James Bowman, Vincent Redman, Deanne Bergsma, and The English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Steuart Bedford.

    Adapted from Thomas Mann’s novel, Death in Venice was Benjamin Britten’s last full- length opera first performed at Snape in 1973 with Peter Pears in the leading role. After Britten’s death, Pears asked Tony Palmer to film the entire opera on location in Venice which was the place, apart from Suffolk, which meant the most to Britten. The story follows a disillusioned writer spending his last days in a disease-ridden Venice.

    Barnes Music Festival 2020


    Saturday 7 March - Sunday 22 March 2020


    More event information will be added over the next few days. In the meantime please check our festival overview

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