Welcome to the Barnes Music Festival 2022



We are delighted to present this year’s programme for the Barnes Music Festival.  After the disruption of the last two years, we are especially pleased to have a full programme of 36 events over two music-packed weeks in March 2022.


It’s our 10th anniversary and we are celebrating with a Ten for Ten scheme which features ten new compositions premiered at events throughout the festival.  We are also inviting back many performers who have featured in the festival over these ten years and we are linking in with other anniversaries in 2022 such as for Vaughan Williams 150th and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


We have well-known artists including Steven Isserlis cello, Nicholas Daniel oboe, Robert Plane clarinet, Matthew Schellhorn piano, Mary Bevan soprano, Peter Holder organ and Lucy Parham piano with Alistair McGowan.  We have works from Composers of Barnes Roxanna Panufnik, Howard Goodall, Jim Parker and Stephen Dodgson as well as Bliss, Howells, Handel and Holst.  We see the return of the choirs from St Paul’s Schools, Barnes Choir, Barnes Community Choir and visits from the choirs of Magdalen College Oxford, King’s College London and Guildhall Junior Choir. 


Young Artists feature at our lunchtime recitals and a new collaboration with Noisenight brings younger audiences to the festival.   Our Schools Programme is back and we are again searching for the Barnes Young Musician of the Year.  Pop-Up Musicians are performing throughout the area to bring live classical music to the community of Barnes.


We are grateful to all our supporters, especially our principal partner Chestertons, our major partner Russell-Cooke and to The Friends of Barnes Music Festival, and above all to the musicians who share their music and their passion with us.


We look forward to welcoming you to the festival!


Andrew Summers Chairman, James Day Artistic Director

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      for TEN


To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the festival, ten new compositions will be given their world premiere at concerts throughout the festival. These have been written for the festival by both established composers and by up-and-coming composers and students.


Several resident Barnes composers contributing to the Ten for Ten include Roxanna Panufnik, whose piece for soprano and violin will be performed by Mary Bevan and Davina Clark; Howard Goodall with a piece for the Barnes Community Choir; and Jim Parker with his new Cello Sonatina. Barnes composer Herbert Howells is the inspiration for the winning entry of the Barnes Music Festival piano competition being performed by Matthew Schellhorn.


Barnes Choir sing Russell Hepplewhite’s new piece, While There is Still Time and the Britten Oboe Quartet play a new work by Jacqueline Shave. Pupils from local primary schools have helped to create Let’s Build a Bridge, composed by Mark Wilderspin, and students from Guildhall School of Music have created a piece for their Junior Chamber Choir. Schola Cantorum from Ibstock Place School sing a new mass setting, Missa Festiva, by Nicolas Walker, and our innovative noisenight evenings include a new composition written and performed by Héloïse Werner and Colin Alexander.


Look out for the Ten for Ten *starred concerts, and come along and enjoy these new pieces created to celebrate our anniversary.

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Following their successful introduction at the 2021 Festival, young musicians will again be popping-up at multiple locations over the festival period to bring the joy of live music to everyone in Barnes. They will visit care homes, play in community centres and schools, appear at the station and entertain people on the streets and in homes.

Supported by

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This year’s festival exhibition features images from local photographers and artists celebrating the tenth anniversary. Look out for it at St Mary’s, open during the day and at all events

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