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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.


Schools Concert


The Schools Concert is a creative project for local primary schools with the aim of introducing primary aged children to the joy of music making. In 2018, children from Barnes Primary and St Paul’s School took centre stage for an entire event for the first time in the history of the festival where they performed Alexander L’Estrange’s, Zimbe! In 2019, Leonardo Da Vinci inspired the children. Our 2022 concert was based on the theme of bridges with a performance of Let's Build a Bridge by Mark Wilderspin.


































Previous winners

2022 Winner: Grace Wu, piano
Runner up: Sophia Membery, harp
Special Commendations:
Josephine Russell, oboe
Jane Lee, violin

Adjudicator: Toby Purser

2021 Winner: Mila Mitrovic, clarinet

Runners up: Tian Hsu, trumpet

Josephine Russel, oboe

Adjudicator: Jane Gordon



2020 Winner: Xenia Edwards, violin

Runner up: Tian Hsu, trumpet

Adjudicator: Ashley Solomon


2019 Winner: Charlotte Comon, cello

Runner up: Madeleine Jablonowska, clarinet

Adjudicator: Paul McCreesh


2018 Winner: Calvin Leung, piano

Runner up: Andreana Chan, violin

Adjudicator: Hilary Davan Wetton


2017 Winner: Samuel Tannenbaum, piano

Adjudicator: Ralph Allwood


Barnes Young Musician of the Year


For the last seven years the Barnes Young Musician Award has offered 70 aspiring young instrumentalists the opportunity to perform on a public platform to a distinguished adjudicator. Members of the discerning audiences have commented on the increase in the quality of musicianship over the years.

The opening sectional masterclasses, generously supported and hosted by local schools, give a valuable opportunity to young players to receive helpful insight from outstanding professional musicians.

We offer the applicants for both the Masterclasses and the Final Award the chance to work with a professional accompanist and the new Young Musician the possibility of further performan
ces during the year ahead. 



We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the Barnes Young Musician of the Year 2023 is Michael Tao, piano

and our runners up are Jane Lee, violin and Jacqueline Yang, cello

Congratulations to all our 2023 finalists and huge thanks to our adjudicator, Ben Parry.

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