Steven Isserlis

We are proud to have as our President the world-famous cellist Steven Isserlis, who was born in Barnes and comes from an extraordinarily musical family.  His two sisters are professional string players (Annette a violist and Rachel a vioinist) and his grandfather Julius Isserlis was a famous Russian pianist and composer.

The recipient of many honours, Steven was awarded a CBE in 1998 in recognition of his services to music, and in 2000 he received the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau.

Steven plays the Marquis de Corberon (Nelsova) of 1726, kindly loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.



Barnes Music Society aims to foster an appreciation of music by promoting first-class concerts and encouraging other musical activities, especially involving young musicians.

These last aims are achieved by the annual Barnes Young Musician of the Year competition (run in conjunction with the Barnes Music Festival) and annual concerts given by local young performers at our AGM.

The Society in is current form was created through a merger in 1985 of Castelnau Concerts with the Barnes Music Club, although its roots go back over more than 50 years.

Barnes Music Society is a registered charity (no. 248878) and its committee members provide their services as volunteers.  We are always happy to welcome new members and to discuss funding opportunities with potential corporate sponsors and charitable foundations​.

Great Value Season Ticket only £60 (for admission to ALL EIGHT concerts (except any special charity events)

** Special offer for Annual Subscriptions paid by Standing Order (please contact Membership Coordinator for details) **

** Renewal/Standing Order Form downloadable here **

Tickets in advance and at the door are £15 (£12 concession to those on state benefits (except state pension))

** Under 25s can attend for FREE!! (except 9 March 2022) **

All concerts will comply with all government Covid-19 guidelines in force at the time of each concert.  We would meanwhile request that all patrons consider the safety of all volunteers and other patrons by continuing the wearing of face coverings, observing social distancing where possible and the use of hand sanitiser which will be available at all venues.

Special Events : £tbc

Timothy Orpen
Timothy Orpen

23 September 2021

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John Reid
John Reid

23 September 2021

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Akiko Ono
Akiko Ono

16 June 2022

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Timothy Orpen
Timothy Orpen

23 September 2021

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Thank you to all members who attended our AGM on Thursday 7th October.  Some lively discussions were held and it was great to hear all your views and ideas.


2021 - 22 Concerts

This coming season we are returning to live concerts at a selection of local venues including St Mary's Church, the OSO and All Saints Church, East Sheen.


We have a very exciting series of concerts this season stretching from September 2021 to June 2022.  We started with  clarinettist Timothy Orpen and pianist John Reid on Thursday, 23 September.  Their engaging programme included works by Schumann, Stravinsky and Brahms.  This concert was fantastic with the players' virtuosity stunning all who were fortunate enough to attend!

On 11 November we welcomed the truly wonderful Mistras Piano Trio to St Mary's playing works by Haydn, Fauré and Dvořák, a marvellous concert enjoyed by all.     

In the new year on 17 January 2022 we welcomed flautist Emma Halnan with pianist Jaynne Baley at All Saints who played a fantastic programme including works by Debussy, Schumann and Schubert. 

On 10 February, the highly talented pianist Antoine Préat came to St Mary's and played Bach, Schubert, Liszt and Albénez.

Cellist Ariana Kashefi came to St Mary's on 9 March 2022 as part of the Barnes Music Festival 2022 to play a world premiere of Jim Parker's Sonatina for cello and piano as well as pieces by Beethoven an Schumann.

Saxophonist Richard Scholfield will play a highly entertaining programme on 28 April at the OSO, and pianist Junko Kobayashi will play Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin on 19 May at St Mary's.

We complete our season with a very special concert on Thursday 16 June at St Mary's featuring Maiastra led by the wonderful violinist Akoko Ono. 

Please click on the 'Our Concerts' tab above for full details of all eight concerts we are promoting this year.

The above photographs are of the artistes playing in our current season.  Click on a photo as it appears to read the artists's name and the date of their concert.  The photographs in our website banner at the top of the page are a selection of the many artistes who have played for the Society in the past.  Can you recognise who they all are?

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