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


Barnes Young Musician of the Year is 7 years old! In the course of those seven years, over 70 aspiring performers have taken part in the final adjudication, presenting their programmes to distinguished adjudicators in front of capacity audiences. Members of those audiences have commented on the steady increase in the quality of these young peoples’ musicianship. As well as those who have earned a place in the final event, there are many more who have attended the initial workshops.


These workshops, led by professional musicians, were originally designed for candidates to explore their repertoire in an informal atmosphere. Over the years they have come to resemble masterclasses and have become valuable events in their own right. We look forward to further constructive developments which will continue to widen the horizons of the many talented young musicians of Barnes.

This year’s adjudicator is Ben Parry. Ben studied at Cambridge University and sang with King’s College Choir. He joined The Swingle Singers in 1987, toured globally and performed with some of the world’s greatest musicians. He lived and worked in Scotland 1995-2003, where he co-founded the Dunedin Consort. From 2003, he held posts at St. Paul’s School, London, Junior Royal Academy of Music, and subsequently as Artistic Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

Barnes Young Musician of the Year Guidelines and Competition Application Form 2023

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