• Youth Programme

    Our Youth Programme is now well established as an integral part of the Festival with initiatives such as the Barnes Young Musician of the Year Award, the Schools’ Concert, our Under 12 free ticket scheme and performance opportunities for first class music groups from local secondary schools.



    With children and families being a large part of the Barnes population we aim to engage them in listening to and creating music within the Festival. We continue to devise new opportunities for involvement and to promote the enjoyment of music to young people in our community.


    Now in its 4th year, the Award looks ahead to the future of musical performance. BMF offers the winners an opportunity to perform during the festival.

    "Big thank you, James and the Rodolphus choir, for such a brilliant workshop - the children came out on a high singing all the songs , including the fruit song warm up you taught them...all the way back to school - adding in other fruits!" (Thomson House School)

    The Schools’ Concert is a creative project for local primary schools. Our goal with this to introduce primary aged children to the joy of music making.

    In 2018 children from Barnes Primary and St Paul’s School took center stage for an entire event for the first time in the history of the festival. They performed A. L’Estrange’s ‘Zimbe!’. In 2019 Leonardo Da Vinci inspired the children. To find out more, please go to our Festival event page

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