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    The governments advice has changed, and we have taken the sad but necessary decision to cancel future events in the Festival. We will be in touch with ticket-holders by e-mail. Please be patient with us.

     

    Please take care of yourself and all around you! This is devastating news for all of us. Within the arts freelance musicians and back stage colleagues will see their livelihoods drastically impacted in the coming months.


    At this difficult time we want to support our musicians and colleagues and are asking ticket holders if they will consider forgoing a refund so that we can donate to our artists.

    Take care, listen to some music and many, many thanks for your ongoing support.

    (Programme subject to change​)

    Handel in London. SOLD OUT

    A Festival Prelude with author Jane Glover

    and journalist Elly Oldroyd

    Friday 6 March London Wetland Centre

    8.00 pm Tickets £15

    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 across Europe

    with Hugo Ticciati and O/Modernt Ensemble

    Saturday 7 March St Mary’s

    7.30 pm Tickets £25 £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 (Violin Concerto Distant Light), Roxanna Panufnik (Modlitwa), Purcell (Improvisation on Chaconne in G) and Britten (Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge).

    St Paul's 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

    Howard Goodall presents SOLD OUT

    The Beatles: a musical appreciation

    Sunday 8 March Olympic Studios

    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.

    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. The concert features soloists from the band: Elinor Campbell-Smith performs Artie Shaw’s iconic Jazz concerto for Clarinet and Jonathan Williams showcases his vocal talents from My Fair Lady.

      Please stay and share your travel memories after the concert with the band members, tea & cake will be served.

    JS Bach. SOLD OUT

    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, Martin Neary conductor

     

    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 £25 £20 Under 30s £10

    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 Vaughan 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.

    Organ Recital

    Robert Quinney

    Tuesday 10 March St Mary’s

    1.00 pm Tickets £10

    J. S. Bach Fantasia & Fugue in G minor / An Wasserflüssen Babylon, Robert Schumann Fugues on BACH, William Byrd Fancy [A final], Matthew Martin Triptych

    Robert Quinney is Director of the Choir of New College, Oxford, and was formerly Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey and Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral. In addition to his work at New College, he has a busy freelance career as soloist, ensemble player, and writer on music. Since October 2009 he has been Director of Oundle for Organists, whose residential courses provide inspiring tuition for young organists. In 2002 Quinney was named Royal College of Organists Performer of the Year.

    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.

    Emerging Artists​: Solus Trumpet Ensemble

    Wednesday 11 March St Mary’s

    1.00 pm Tickets £10

    Solus' programme celebrates all things trumpet and journeys through different time periods, from Gabrieli to Ravel (the ensemble is breaking new ground with exciting new arrangements of Ravel’s monumental Sonatine for piano​) and Britten (Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury), as well as spanning continents, beginning with Stanley Friedman ​in the US before exploring Europe with a selection of classic works by revered composers of brass music including Tomasi, Brandt and Joshua Fit​'s The Battle of Jericho arr.J.-F. Michel.

    International trumpet soloist, the Solus Trumpet Ensemble features UK’s leading young professional trumpeters, who regularly perform with top orchestras and chamber ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and European Union Youth Orchestra.

    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

    Emerging Artists​: Life's Parade -  A Song Recital

    Anna Cavaliero, soprano & Natalie Burch piano

    Thursday 12 March St Mary’s

    1.00 pm Tickets £10

    Britain, America, France, Austria, Germany: our musical journey weaves through all these nations, with the critical yet affectionate portrait of Britain in On This Island at its centre. We include the composers Britten and Korngold, and music they wrote to the lyrics of poets both domestic and foreign to them. We also hear the influence of time spent in London on the poets Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine in settings of their works by Britten (Les Illuminations) and Debussy (Ariettes oubliées). Britten’s On this Island and Korngold’s Vier Lieder des Abschieds are both cycles from between the wars that force us to ‘look! stranger’ at what has become of our homeland, whether that be Britain or Austria. Music composed in war’s looming shadow emphasises life’s fragility, and the larger journey of this programme leads us through this ‘savage parade’ that is life itself, from childhood in Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 to old age in Strauss’ ‘September’.

    Anna Cavaliero     Nathalie Burch

    Chiyan Wong & the Hill Quartet ​

    a Barnes Music Society Recital

    Thursday 12 March St Mary’s

    7.30 pm Tickets £15 (Barnes Music Society members free)

    Pianist Chiyan Wong has been astonishing worldwide audiences with the authority of his playing. Following in the footsteps of legendary pianists such as Horowitz and Brendel, he was awarded the prestigious 40th Grand Prix du Disque by the Franz Liszt Society in Budapest, for his debut album “Liszt Transfigured. The Hill Quartet comprises exceptionally talented young musicians from the Royal Academy who are now gaining wide recognition. They will be playing Mozart Rondo in A minor for piano, Ravel Ondine (Gaspard de la Nuit), Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor,

    Ravel String Quartet in F, Suk Meditation op 35a

    "Beyond the dazzling technical polish he brings to these fiendishly challenging pieces, most striking is Wong’s sincerity of purpose" Gramophone Magazine

    Handel Messiah

    Charlotte Bowden soprano, Hugh Cutting countertenor ,

    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 £25 £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.

    The Cunning Little Vixen

    A most extraordinary and unconventional opera

    by Leoš Janáček

    Saturday 14 March St Mary’s

    7.30 pm Tickets £40 £25 Under 30s £10

    The Cunning Little Vixen is nearly one hundred years old and yet its themes couldn’t be more relevant to today’s world. Janacek’s opera explores the delicate symbiotic relationship humans have with other living things and the environment, as well as questioning human moral responsibility and the dangers we face when we hurt nature, all told through the escapades of a particularly-adventurous fox. Think Wind in the Willows meets Extinction Rebellion. This magical, timeless story will be fully staged and expect an evening of singing, acting, dance and puppetry.

    After the sell-out production of Turn of the Screw in 2020, Riverside Opera returns to the Barnes Music Festival. Artistic Director, James Day joins forces with Director Will Ashford and a cast of singers (to be announced in early 2020) comprised of rising stars in the international opera world.

    Jazz around the World ​I

    National Youth Jazz Orchestra Nonet

    Music Director Mark Armstrong

    Sunday 15 March Bull's Head

    8.00 pm Tickets £13 (£11 in advance)

    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 Charles Mingus. 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!

    Come & Sing OLIVER!

    with Ben Parry - for adults and children

    Sunday 15 March

    Concert at St Mary's 6.00pm Tickets £10

     

    Postal bookings are now closed. Please book online or come along & pay on the day

     

    St Mary’s Adults registration from 13.30, rehearsal start 14.00

    Kitson Hall Youth registration from 13.30, rehearsal start 14.00

     

    BOOKING FORMS

    adults  children

    Set in London, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! tells the story of a journey from workhouse to comfort. Oliver Twist escapes a life of slavery for a tumultuous adventure in which he joins the Artful Dodger, Fagin and their mischievous gang of pickpockets. Join director Ben Parry, Artistic Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and Assistant Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge, as he leads the choir through full choral arrangements of songs such as ‘Food glorious food’ or ‘Who will buy?’

    Alternatively, if you’d like to join this event but feel a little unconfident about your singing, why not join Barnes new choir SingWest for the Spring Term, where you can learn your part? Details on booking form or on their website.

    Youth Come & Sing OLIVER!

    with Ben Parry - for adults and children

    Sunday 15 March

    Concert at St Mary's 6.00pm Tickets £10

     

    Kitson Hall Youth registration from 13.30, rehearsal start 14.00

     

    BOOKING FORMS

    children

    Youth Come & Sing Oliver! Year 4 to 8 and love singing? Join Daniel Turner, former Artistic Director and co-founder of the Barnes Music Festival and acclaimed choral animateur, for an afternoon exploring the songs from Oliver! The children then join the adult chorus for the final rehearsal and performance.

    Emerging Artists​: Dramma per Musica ​​​

    Rory Carver tenor, Jonatan Bougt theorbo, Harry Buckoke viola da Gamba, Olwen Foulkes recorder

    Monday 16 March St Mary’s

    1.00 pm Tickets £10

    In 1678, Thomas Britton, a coal merchant, became an unlikely hero in the history of classical music. Inviting an eclectic audience of music lovers to climb into his coal attic, Britton ran one of the earliest concert series in London. Championing music by composers from all over Europe, his attic became a social hub of cosmopolitan music making. This concert brings some of Britton’s Greats, amongst them pieces by Hasse, Purcell, Corelli, Handel, Lully, Pepusch and D'Urfey

    Dramma Per Musica seeks the drama that is possible only through music; that confluence of emotion and reason through sound and language.

    Violin & Piano Recital

    Henry Chandler & John Paul Ekins

    Monday 16 March St Mary’s

    7.30 pm Tickets £15 Under 30s £10

    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.

    Organ Recital

    Philip Berg

    Tuesday 17 March St Michael’s

    1.00 pm Tickets £10

    JS Bach Toccata, Adagio, Fugue; Buxtehude Ciacona in E minor; Messiaen Les Bergers; Dupré Cortége et Litanie; Debussy En Bateau; Eugéne Reuchsel Two pieces from Images de Provence; H Parry Toccata and Fugue (The Wanderer).

    This recital calls to mind Bach’s 200-mile walk to hear Buxtehude play the organ, and his ‘mental journey’ in incorporating Italian influences in one of his most impressive pieces for the instrument. We hoist sails with Debussy, walk with Reuchsel in Provence, listen to Messiaen’s evocation of the nativity shepherds and the steady tread of a funeral cortége, and wander with Parry through his mighty Toccata and Fugue – ‘The Wanderer’.

    Philip Berg MVO, is Master of the Music at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, and until recently was Director of Music at St Paul’s Juniors, and Organist, St Paul’s School.

    Listenpony

    George Fu, piano & Tabea Debus, recorder

    Ana Silvera sadly had to cancel due to travel restrictions. 

    Tuesday 17 March OSO Arts Centre

    7.30 pm Tickets £15 Under 30s £10

    Listenpony is a London-based concert series and record label run by three composers. Programming classical music, both new and old, alongside a variety of other genres including folk, jazz and pop, Listenpony breaks the evening up into four short sets. The audience is taken on a journey through a variety of musical eras and genres, presented by the most outstanding young performers working in London today. Tabea will showcase works ranging from an anonymous 14th century work, Telemann’s fantasias, to the present day with works by Freya Waley-Cohen, Gareth Moorcraft and Alex Paxton, all written in 2019.

    George Fu will perform works by Bach, Messiaen, and Debussy, alongside recent works by Josephine Stephenson, William Marsey and Daniel Fardon.

     

     

    Music & Migration

    A Grand Tour of Words & Music

    We regret to inform you that this concert has been cancelled

    with Davina Clarke, violin & Pawel Siwczak, harpsichord & Tama Matheson, speaker

    Tuesday 17 March London Wetland Centre

    7.30 pm Tickets £15 Under 30s £10

    This Grand Tour of Baroque Music and Travel Writing (with a nod towards the setting of this evening) includes excerpts from travel diaries and letters written by past and present voyagers, explorers and scientists, poets and musicians, interspersed by music, equally inspired and influenced by travel and discovery. We will venture from the past to the present following travelling musicians, the early tourist or a modern day explorer into the unknown, including Bach and Corelli, Humbold, Sir Peter Scott and Lucy Shepheard

    Davina performs around the world with the UK’s most highly regarded period ensembles. ​Pawel puts emphasis on the storytelling power of the language of music; the sheer ability to communicate expressively with the audience is key to him. Tama is a writer, director, and actor with a passion for bringing together the spoken word with music. A Poesis production.

    Emerging Artists​: The European Guitar

    Michael Butten

    Wednesday 18 March St Mary’s

    1.00pm Tickets £10

    Award winning guitarist, Michael​ Butten, presents a programme spanning the continent of Europe and five centuries. Beginning with l6th century lute works by British lutenist John Dowland, the journey continues to transcriptions from romantic Spanish piano works by Isaac Albeniz and J S Bach’s transcendental Chaconne, as well as an Italian work in the popular operatic style of the early 19th century by Luigi Legnani, before local Barnes composer Stephen Dodgson’s Fantasy Divisions closes the recital. The programme shows the versatility and breadth of music that the can be played on the classical guitar, a far cry from the chords and accompaniment that is most known for in popular music in the last century.

    Michael Butten’s recent successes include 2nd Prize at the 2019 GFA International Concert Artist Competition, 1st prize at Pleven Guitar Competition 2018, the Bach prizes at the 2018 and 2019 Hubert Kappel Guitar Competition and his Radio 3 debut.

    Sincerely Noel SOLD OUT

    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.'

    Community Evening:

    Choir & Craic​

    We regret to inform you that this concert has been cancelled

    Thursday 19 March Holy Trinity Church

    7.30 pm Tickets £10

    Barnes Community Choir and Juice of the Barley 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.

    The Cloud Messenger

    We regret to inform you that this concert has been cancelled

    The Choir of King’s College London

    Thursday 19 March St Mary’s​

    7.30 pm Tickets £15 Under 30s £10

    Following their sold-out debut in 2019, the choir of King’s College London returns to the Barnes Music Festival this year with a rare performance of Gustav Holst’s The Cloud Messenger, in a new chamber arrangement by conductor Joseph Fort. Holst devoted seven years to the composition of this work, which he completed at home in Barnes in 1910, as he noted on the manuscript. The immediate predecessor to The Planets, it combines a Wagnerian harmonic richness and structure with clear hints of Holst’s mystical tonal language that was to come.

    The Cloud Messanger is combined with Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, which the composer arranged for Christmas morning in 1870, the assembled musicians first performing it at the top of the stairs, outside his wife’s bedroom. We open the concert with another rarely- heard English treasure – The Five Mystical Songs by Holst’s great friend, Ralph Vaughan Williams.

    The Music of Bells

    St Mary’s Bellringers

    Friday 20 March St Mary’s

    6.00 pm free

    Everyone is used to the sound of church bells ringing, but very few non-ringers will understand much of what they hear. This presentation will explain not only why the ‘Music of Bells’ differs from other music and how the music can become more complex as the ability of the ringers increases, but also how the patterns are restricted by the way the actual bells move. ‘Change ringing’, as it is known, was developed in this country in the 17th century when mechanical systems enabled bells to be swung through 360 degrees and, as a result, could be controlled more accurately. The bells will be rung and different types of music demonstrated. Listening to the bells will be a very different experience after this!

    Sea Adventures

    Schools Concert

    We regret to inform you that this concert has been postponed

    with: Barnes Primary School, St Osmund’s School, Lowther School, St Mary Magdalen School, St Mary’s School, Larmenier and Sacred Heart School, singers from St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Girls’ School, Rodolfus Choir, St Paul’s musicians

    Friday 20 March Wathen Hall

    7.00 pm Tickets £10

    This year’s Schools Concert celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to the New World with a selection of songs about travel and the sea. The highlight of the evening is the premiére of a cantata ‘The Journey of the Mayflower’ by Mark Wilderspin (Director of Music at St Paul’s School). In a series of workshops the children have not only been learning the songs for the concert but also drew on their own creativity and contributed to the composition of this new piece.

    The Festival’s partners in this project are St Paul’s School, St Paul's Girls' Schools and the Rodolfus Foundation.

    Music in the Dark SOLD OUT

    Friday 20 March Olympic Studio

    6.30-7.30pm Tickets £15

    8.00-9.00pm and 9.30-10.30pm

    When the lights are turned off, your hearing is heightened and the music is more intense. Experience this intensity in the Members’ Screening Room at Olympic Studios with their legendary Dolby Atmos surround-sound system. A playlist curated by Artistic Director, James Day, transports you through an exciting ‘musical journey’ with music which is both familiar and unfamiliar. Iconic performances of classical greats are played with the lights dimmed to minimum levels (and eye-masks provided for the full black-out experience) so that you can savour every note and experience a different and deeper way of listening to great music.

    Since the Olympic Screening Room seats only 18 people, there are two, now three ‘soundings’ on the evening and privileged access for ticket- holders to the Olympic Members’ Club before and after each of the soundings.

    Jazz around the World ​​II

    Harrodian School Jazz Band

    We regret to inform you that this concert has been cancelled

    Saturday 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 Bull's 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.

    Toward the Unknown Region 

    We regret to inform you that this concert has been cancelled

    Barnes Choir ​ ​​& Schola Cantorum Ibstock

    Saturday 21 March St Mary's

    7.30 pm Tickets £15

    Join Barnes Choir and Schola Cantorum Ibstock for a varied journey through the twentieth century English choral tradition. The first half of the concert presents works with a real spirit of adventure from Vaughan Williams’ inspirational Toward the Unknown Region to the bracing dramas on display in Stanford’s colourful Songs of the Sea.

    John Rutter’s Requiem, composed in 1985, is reminiscent of Fauré’s Requiem for its simplicity, brevity and rich choral writing. Rutter’s music is popular around the world, particularly with choral societies on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Britten — Death in Venice

    a film by Tony Palmer

    Sunday 22 March Olmpic Studios

    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.

    Festival Choral Evensong

    Sunday 22 March St Mary's

    6.00pm Free entry with collection

    Featuring combined choirs of St Mary’s Barnes and St Michael’s Barnes, directed by Henry Chandler and Martin Neary.

     Address by The Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s Piccadilly

     

    Join us for the final celebratory event of the Barnes Music Festival 2020, a Choral Evensong sung by the combined choirs of St Mary’s Barnes and St Michael’s Barnes with music by Mendelssohn and Noble.

    The service is preceded by a short performance by the winner of the Barnes Young Musician of the Year 2020 who was selected at the beginning of the festival.

    The service is followed by a reception to celebrate the festival to which all are invited.

    Journey through Music

    Photographic Exhibition

    Bill Christie, James Kirland, Tammy Marlar, David Pearce and Andrew Wilson

    Sunday 7 March to Sunday 22 March St Mary's

    Open daily throughout the Festival from 9.30am – 4.00pm & during all events Admisson free

    Music is the most abstract and universal art form. The composer’s palette includes beats, rhythms, textures, harmonies; the photographer’s, light, colour, tone, and the moment. The composer’s subject is often emotional, the photographer’s more grounded in what we see around us. These differences provide the visual dialogue for this year’s exhibition theme of ‘Journey through Music’. To listen allows one’s emotions and imaginations to journey along with the musical voyage, whilst our mission is the marriage of those sounds with a panoply of visual secrets often missed by the casual eye.

    Legato in White © David Pearce

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