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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.


Charles Law - Chairman
Phillip Moore-Stanley - Treasurer
Anne Page - Admin & Membership
Pat Smith - Recitals Coordinator
Peter Brown
Richard Hanreck
Gryte Navardauskaite
Jenny Stickley
Katherine Passerieu
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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


Charity Gift Aid Declaration downloadable here **

Tickets in advance and at the door are £15

** Under 25s can attend for FREE!! (except 19 March 2024) **

All concerts will comply with any government Covid-19 guidelines in force at the time of each concert. 

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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?


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Our 2023 AGM took place at 6:30 pm on September 7 at St Mary's Church, Barnes.  We are grateful to members for all their valuable contributions to discussions and for some excellent questions from the floor.  We are also grateful to Jane Lee and JP Ekins for their wonderful musical contribution.

2023 - 24 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 2023 to June 2024.  We started with the Kleio Quartet on Thursday, 5 October playing Haydn, Fanny Mendelssohn and Beethoven.  Everyone enjoyed a fantastic evening.

On 20 November Emma Halnan, flute, with guitarist Jack Hancher played a memorable and colourful concert to a very enthusiastic audience at the OSO.

In the new year on 16 January 2024 we welcomed back Hugo Ticciati and friends playing Bach, Purcell, Golijov and Ravel in a truly spellbinding and emotional concert.  Bravo to all!! 

On 22 February we welcomed back author and narrator Jessica Duchan with Shiry Rashkovsky, violin, and Viv McLean , piano, who presented the truly wonderful Seeking Utopia.

On 19 March we were enchanted by violinist Madeleine Mitchell and pianist Nigel Clayton as part of the Barnes Music Festival 2024 in a fantastic concert featuring Beethoven, Delius, Grieg and Vaughan Williams.

On 11 April we welcomed  pianist Kenny Fu, who stood in at short notice for the indisposed Daniel

Lebhardt.  Kenny enchanted us all with pieces by Haydn, Schumann, Debussy and Rachmaninov.

On 14 May, cellist Felix Rosenboom and pianist Anastasia Kulikova played a highly entertaining programme featuring Beethoven, Janáček, Schumann and Rachmaninov.

We complete our season on 25 June with the wonderful Maiastra led by Akiko Ono, together with the opportunity for our members to have dinner with the artistes afterwards.

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

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