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Musical Journeys

The programme has now been released for the Barnes Music Festival in March 2020 with the theme Musical Journeys, featuring music crossing boundaries both cultural and geographic.

During the opening days of the Festival we see childhood Barnes residents return to their geographical roots.  The Opening Concert at St Mary’s on Saturday 7th of March 2020 introduces the theme with Hugo Ticciati - who was born in Barnes - and his acclaimed ensemble performing a largely English programme taking us ‘Across the Universe’ with Britten’s Theme & Variations,  and inspiring music by Roxanna Panufnik and Gustav Holst among others.  On the 10th of March, world-famous cellist Steven Isserlis - who grew up in Barnes - will guide us through his personal musical journey around the globe.

At St Michaels Martin Neary conducts Bach’s B minor Mass. Completed only a year before Bach’s death, in 1749, it is one of the greatest compositions in musical history.  

Alistair Mc Gowan returns with singer Charlotte Page with their special Coward Show Sincerely Noel whilst Howard Goodall presents his documentary on The Beatles.  The King’s College London Choir present a new version of Holst The Cloud Messenger by candlelight and Tiffin Boys Choir perform Handel’s Messiah. This year’s ambitious Opera production is Janáček Cunning Little Vixen and distinguished Jane Glover is coming to talk about her book Handel in London as a prelude event.

Other highlights include renowned international baritone Roderick Williams in a concert of travel paring English and German songs featuring Vaughan Williams, Mahler and Schubert, various recitals - guitar by Michael Butten, violin and piano by Henry Chandler and Jean-Paul Ekins, organ by Philip Berg - the Linos Piano Trio in The Queens’ Favourites (Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn), a Come and Sing Oliver! and a Tony Palmer film Death in Venice at Olympic Studio. 

Our commitment to our Youth Programmes continues in 2020. Alongside the Barnes Young Musician, the Schools Concert celebrates the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower with a cantata written by Mark Wilderspin, Director of Music at St Paul’s School.  Over 200 children will be partaking in project in a partnership comprising 6 local primary schools, singers and players from St Paul’s School, St Paul’s Girls and the Rodolfus Foundation.

The eighth year of this annual celebration of exciting music takes place from 7th to 22nd March 2020 with a packed schedule of 35 events at ten venues across Barnes.   Details of programme and ticket availability are at



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