Musical Opinion: Coming Attractions
Sat 02 Mar 2013
Coming Attractions: Holst Comes Back to Barnes - Brand-new Barnes Music Festival
The new Barnes Festival will take place from Saturday March 16 - Sunday 24 at venues across Barnes. The Barnes Music Festival takes as its theme 'Holst and the English Tradition', celebrating one of Barnes' most famous sons, composer Gustav Holst(1874-1934) - who both lived and worked in the area - and the best of English music as inspored by this loved and admired musician.
The Barnes Music Festival will feature performances by Dame Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson and the Tippett Quartet as well as emerging talent, and enjoys the warm support of the local community in an are with a thriving music scene. The festival is organised by the Barnes Music Society, the Barnes Choir and the Friends of St Mary's Barnes. It is supported by the Barnes Community Association, the Holst Foundation and local business Marsh & Parsons.
The programme will include a lecture recital by Graham Johnson on 'Holst and Exoticism'; a recital by the Verter Trio; The Barnes Concert Band together with the John Colet Singers and choral concerts featuring both the Barnes Choir and St Mary's Choir. The Festival also encourages contemporary composers and will host two world premiere performances of works by local composers Tom Evans and Jim Parker. Additionally there will be jazz at the famous Bull's Head with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Nonet, community events plus a film event at which eminent film director Tony Palmer will introduce a showing of his famous documentary 'Holst - In the Bleak Midwinter'.
Performances are to be given in several local venues including St Mary's Barnes (its church hall, Kitson Hall, being home to the first peformance of Holst's opera, 'Savitn'); The Bull's Head and St Osmund's Hall.