From Saturday 9 to Sunday 24 March 2024
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Pre-festival book launch - Composers of Barnes with Elly Oldroyd

05 March 2024

Book launch with Eleanor Oldroyd, with music by Handel, Holst, Howells, Dodgson, Davis, Parker, Goodall and Panufnik.

Opening Concert: Magnificat!

09 March 2024

To mark the commencement of our twelfth season and Dodgson's centenary, Artistic Director, James Day, the Barnes Festival Orchestra and the award-winning Pegasus Choir present a celebratory programme containing two Magnificats composed 250 years apart.

Barnes Young Musician of the Year 2024

10 March 2024

Since its establishment in 2016, Barnes Young Musician has witnessed more than 80 aspiring instrumentalists and vocalists take the stage in the final adjudication.

Barnes Concert Band

10 March 2024

The Barnes Concert Band are excited to present an eclectic programme featuring music from Holst’s Second Suite in F for Military Band, Theatre Music by Philip Sparke and the finale from Symphony No 3 by Saint-Saëns.

Piano Recital: Imogen Cooper

10 March 2024

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of the Classical and Romantic keyboard repertoire, Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism.

The Global Popular Culture Phenomenon of The Planets by Gustav Holst

10 March 2024

This audio-illustrated talk is a light-hearted whizz through some great examples of just how far and how diversely Holst’s masterwork has spread and influenced.

Holst Singers

10 March 2024

Hailed as "spellbinding and supremely musical" by BBC Music Magazine, the Holst Singers are set to make a triumphant return to the Barnes Music Festival under the distinguished direction of Stephen Layton.

Nicholas Daniel & Friends

11 March 2024

Nicholas Daniel and friends come together to offer a rich programme that promises to show off their musical expertise and extensive shared experience.

Chamber Music Concert - Menuhin School Musicians

12 March 2024

The celebrated violinist Yehudi Menuhin founded his school to develop his students’ talents to the highest degree. This recital showcases the talents of some of the finest young musicians from around the globe.

All Saints’ Putney 150th Anniversary Concert - Sacconi Quartet

12 March 2024

To mark All Saints’ 150th anniversary, the Sacconi Quartet embarks on a journey through the world of chamber music, presenting timeless compositions by Mozart and Beethoven, as well as the work of renowned contemporary composer, and Barnes resident, Roxanna Panufnik.

Mikeleiz-Zucchi Saxophone-Accordion Duo

13 March 2024

The Mikeleiz-Zucchi Duo bring their compelling combination of instruments – saxophone and accordion – to the concert hall, exploring the symbolic relationship between these two instruments and dance music, and paying tribute to legends of music and dance.

Schools Concert - Gustav’s Great Galactic Adventure

13 March 2024

The Schools Concert is the culmination of a creative project with local primary schools during which the children learn a piece that they perform during the Festival.

Organ Recital - Daniel Moult (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

14 March 2024

Daniel Moult, renowned concert organist, recording artist and film presenter, is known as “one of the finest organists of our time” (The Organ).

Art Sung – Edith Sitwell, Behind her Façade

14 March 2024

To mark the 60th anniversary of the death of the legendary Grande Dame of 20th century English poetry, Dame Edith Sitwell, Art Sung presents a celebration of her fascinating and eccentric life, incorporating songs, spoken words, specially created video animations, and dance.

Music in the Dark

14 March 2024

When the lights are turned off, your hearing is heightened and the music is more intense. Experience this intensity in the Screening Room at Olympic Studios with their legendary Dolby Atmos surround sound system.

Kanneh-Mason Trio - Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Finnis, Brahms

15 March 2024

Acclaimed internationally the Kanneh-Mason family are taking the classical music world by storm. This concert sees three of the seven young, gifted siblings come together to perform a virtuosic trio of trios.

Jazz evening - The Ally Collins Ensemble

15 March 2024

Indulge in an enchanting night of late-evening jazz, where the intimate ambiance of the dimly lit St. Mary's sets the stage for a mesmerizing experience.

Singalong Joseph with Ben Parry and friends

16 March 2024

Join charismatic choral leader Ben Parry, a live band, and a backing choir with singers from local schools for an afternoon rehearsing and performing Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Mozart Requiem

16 March 2024

Join Julian Collings and the Barnes Choir as they bring to life Mozart’s iconic Requiem alongside Borodin’s vibrant Polovtsian Dances.

Parish Mass with Ibstock Place Choir

17 March 2024

Ibstock Place School encourages all pupils to participate in music-making and fosters musical ability at the highest level.

Pavel Kolesnikov

17 March 2024

In 2012 pianist Pavel Kolesnikov became a sensation at the Honens International Piano Competition when he took home the world’s largest piano prize. In this recital, Kolesnikov will explore some of the most Iconic keyboard works of the Romantic repertoire.

Purcell - King Arthur

17 March 2024

In the company of The Fairy-Queen, Purcell’s King Arthur stands at the pinnacle, and culmination, of the “dramatik opera”. Purcell’s treatment of this Restoration-era genre remains strikingly contemporary, even by today’s standards.

Guitar Recital: Jack Hancher

18 March 2024

Described by Gendai Guitar Magazine as a “poet and a painter, colouring sounds out of the guitar as if his imagination and the guitar were one”

St Paul's Girls' School Orchestra & Choir 
Imogen Holst & Gustav Holst

18 March 2024

In Gustav Holst's 150th birthday year, the singers and instrumentalists of SPGS, present a programme of Holst’s music.

Handel's Heroines

19 March 2024

Soprano Helena Moore joins international baroque soloists Simone Pirri and Jacob Garside in a recital celebrating Handel’s heroines through instrumental and operatic music.

Madeleine Mitchell & Nigel Clayton Barnes Music Society Concert

19 March 2024

Violinist Madeleine Mitchell returns to the Barnes Music Festival, following her well received Nocturne programme. She is joined by her long-time collaborative pianist, Nigel Clayton.

Baritone & Organ Recital - Stanford Songs

20 March 2024

Director of St Michael's Church, Laurence Williams and organist, Jeremy Cole, present Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Bible Songs” (Op. 113), interspersed with organ music composed by his students.

Ekins Chandler Lowe Trio

20 March 2024

The ever-popular Henry Chandler and John Paul Ekins return to the Barnes Music Festival, this year with cellist Tim Lowe.

Toddlers Concert - Journey to Space

21 March 2024

We are delighted that Children’s Musical Adventures and their director Patrick King are returning this year to create another musical world for us all to explore through exciting rhythms and melodies.

Barnes Community Choir with Sofia Kirwan Baez

21 March 2024

This year the Barnes Community Choir is thrilled to be sharing the Community Evening with the wonderful Sofia Kirwan Baez. The choir will be singing a new and eclectic programme with songs sung and/or composed by some of the greatest music legends.

I, Clara - Clara Schumann, a life in Music

22 March 2024

I, Clara tells the extraordinary life story of Clara Schumann in her own words.

Solem Quartet, Alice Zawadzki

22 March 2024

Two giant musical voices of the late twentieth century meet in this relaxed concert. The Solem Quartet perform Steve Reich's iconic Different Trains, and are joined by celebrated vocalist Alice Zawadzki for songs by Kate Bush, newly arranged for string quartet and voice.

Festival Gala - Legends of Barnes

23 March 2024

This celebratory concert brings together works form many of the composers who have lived and worked in Barnes.

Tony Palmer film - Holst in the Bleak Midwinter

24 March 2024

Multi-award winning director Tony Palmer presents his film about Gustav Holst to mark the 150th anniversary this year of his birth. The film covers the life of this extraordinary man.

Festival Choral Evensong

24 March 2024

Join us for the final celebratory event of the Barnes Music Festival – Choral Evensong sung by the combined choirs of St Mary’s Barnes and St Michael’s Barnes.

Programme subject to change