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 concerts (except any special charity events)

Due to Covid-19 seating capacity restrictions, ALL members MUST reserve their tickets online, subject to availability, during a priority period before each concert.  Members will receive notification of a special link to enable them to do this.  Members cannot book tickets in advance for non members. Any remaining tickets will go on general sale 2 weeks before each concert.

Tickets for individual concerts cost £15 and MUST be pre-booked online when available, and will NOT be on sale at the door

Special Events : £tbc


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?


Charles Law

We are very pleased to welcome Charles as our new Chairman.  ​Christopher Morgan has retired from this position but will remain on our executive committee. 

Our AGM took place online on Monday, 14 September 2020 at 7 pm.  Many thanks to all members who attended virtually. We sadly could not hold a physical AGM this year due to the Covid19 social distance restrictions.


2020 - 21 Concerts

This season we are holding all our concerts at St Mary's Church where social distancing measures at all our concerts will meet government guidelines.



We have a very exciting series of concerts this season stretching from October 2020 to June 2021.  We open on Thursday, 29 October with violist Rachel Roberts and pianist Tim Horton at 7:30 pm at St Mary's Church, Barnes.  Their programme will include works by Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, Vieuxtemps and Brahms.

The all-Beethoven concert featuring Jessica Duchen (author/narrator) and Piers Lane (piano) has sadly been postponed for a second time due to the pandemic and we are actively looking at alternative dates and/or live-streaming.


Also in the new year, we welcome the Eblana String Trio on 9 February and Emily Sun (violin) and Caterina Grewe (piano) on 25 February.  There is a Young Musicians' Event on 6 March, and Pelleas Ensemble will be playing for us on 11 March as part of the Barnes Music Festival.


Our final three concerts present Rokas Valuntonis (piano) on 22 April; Junko Kobayashi (piano) on 20 May and the Fitzroy String Quartet on 15 June.

Please click on the 'Our Concerts' tab above for full details.


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