Saturday, 22 March 2014

Barnes Music Festival

Barnes Music Festival
Building on the success of the first Barnes Music Festival in March 2013, the 2014 Festival will take place over an extended two week period between Saturday 22nd March – 6th April at venues across Barnes. The Festival's theme is 'Three Greats: Elgar, Delius, Holst and the English Tradition', and marks the 80th anniversary of the deaths of these landmark composers.


There is the world premiere of a new work commissioned by the Festival from composer David Bednall setting texts associated with Barnes, to be performed by the Barnes Music Festival Chorus (30/3). The Villiers String Quartet perform Elgar, Delius, Holst and Robert Still (3/4), whilst Julian Lloyd Webber and the Verter Trio perform Delius, Purcell, Ireland and William Lloyd Webber in the 100th anniversary year of William Lloyd Webber's birth (29/3).

There will be a lecture recital by Graham Johnson on Holst and Exoticism (2/4),and A Soldier's Tale marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with a recital by bass-baritone Christopher Foster (4/4).

There is also Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury from Scratch (!) with the New London Opera Players (29/3). There are a number of organ recitals, a festal Eucharist for Mothering Sunday, and choral concerts featuring the Barnes Choir and St Mary's and St Michael's Choirs. Additionally there will be jazz at the Bull's Head with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, community events plus a a showing of Tony Palmer's film about Purcell England My England (4/4).

Further information from the Barnes Music Festival website.

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