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Welcome to the Barnes Music Festival 2023



We are delighted to present this year’s programme for the Barnes Music Festival. As we enter our second decade, our theme is The Musical Environment with music written about the environment and nature, celebrating Barnes as an area of wildlife and beauty, and the environment in which composers and musicians thrive.


We have a packed programme of 37 events over two weeks at nine venues across Barnes. We open the festival with the electrifying pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor and later in the week we welcome back another Proms star, Roderick Williams. Our exciting instrumentalists include James Larter percussion, Timothy Ridout viola, Henry Chandler violin with JP Ekins piano, Rachel Mahon organ, and composer Debbie Wiseman with Gyles Brandreth. Visiting groups include the Holst Singers, Ferio Saxophone Quartet, SANSARA with Fretwork, Ensemble ProVictoria and Bach Club.


Some of our innovations this year include a Music with Wine Tasting with London Mozart Players, a Singalong of Abba songs, a live Music in the Dark (as well as two at Olympic Studios curated by our patrons Howard Goodall and Roxanna Panufnik) and live painting during selected concerts (highlighted with an asterisk*). We have The Carnival of the Animals, our very first Toddlers Concert and our schools programme involves workshops in local primary schools leading to a final concert on an Eco-Warrior theme. We will again be selecting the Barnes Young Musician of the Year.


We are grateful to all our supporters, especially our principal partner Chestertons, our major partner RussellCooke, to the Benefactors and 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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Following their successful appearances at the 2021 and 2022 festivals, 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 youth clubs and entertain people on the streets of Barnes.

Supported by

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ART & PHOTOGR APHY at Barnes Music Festival


Live Painting Does music inspire great painting? Find out when members of Barnes Artists paint live during three of the concerts and offer their work for sale at the end.


Exhibition Other works of art and photography inspired by music have been created for this year’s festival exhibition at the back of St Mary’s, open for viewing throughout the day and at all events

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