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 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.

Barnes Young Musician of the Year Award


The Barnes Music Festival is delighted to announce the re-vamped Barnes Young Musician of the Year. For our tenth anniversary, we are launching 'sectional masterclasses' and encourage anyone of Grade 6 or higher standard to apply.
Each Masterclass will be led by a professional musician and an official accompanist will be available. You do not need to apply for the Final Adjudication to attend these Masterclasses.


Following the masterclasses, Applicants for the Final Adjudication will be invited to submit a video presentation of part of their projected programme. From those videos a list will be published for the Adjudication on March 6th.


This year’s adjudicator is Toby Purser who is Head of Conducting at the Royal College of Music, founder of the Orion Orchestra, Artistic Director of Peace & Prosperity Trust and Musical Director of Vienna Opera Festival. Recognised as a world leader in the conducting community, he is well known for his combination of passion and intellect, poetry and drama.













Sectional Masterclasses (application form - - deadline Friday 28th January 2022
Tuesday 1 February 1800-2000
Piano masterclass with George Fu (hosted by Barnes Music Festival)
String masterclass with Leo Popplewell (hosted by St Paul’s Girls School)


Sunday 6 February 1400-1600
Brass masterclass with Connaught Brass (hosted by Barnes Music Festival)


Tuesday 8 February 1800-2000
Woodwind masterclass (hosted by Ibstock Place School)


Competition Final (application form -
Applicants should either live, attend school or take their instrumental lessons in SW13 or SW14. Pupils from affiliated schools are included.


Application round - deadline 20th February 2022
Video submission of 3-5mins in length (via online form)


Final Adjudication - Sunday 6th March, OSO Arts Centre
Live final competition with adjudication from Toby Purser (Head of Conducting, Royal College of Music)










Previous winners


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

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