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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 violinist) 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.

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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?



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

2022 - 23 Concerts

We are excited to have finalised our new season of concerts at our selected venues of St Mary's Church and the OSO.

We have a very entertaining series of concerts this season stretching from October 2022 to June 2023.  We started with the Paddington Piano Trio on Thursday, 6 October.

On 10 November we welcomed back author and narrator Jessica Duchan with Viv McLean presenting the truly wonderful Alicia's Gift.       

In the new year on 11 February 2023 we welcome cellist Waynne Kwon and pianist Victor Lim.  Later that month we welcome back the wonderful Caterina Grewe for a solo piano recital.

On 14 March we present Ensemble Mirage (clarinet and string quartet) as part of the Barnes Music Festival 2023.

On 25 April, violinist Coco Tomita and pianist Simon Callaghan will play a highly entertaining programme, and on 18 May we welcome back the truly astonishing pianist Rokas Valuntonis.

We complete our season on 20 June with the wonderful Trio Bohème. 

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

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