Classical Source: Holst comes back to Barnes
Fri 11 Jan 2013
Holst Comes Back to Barnes!
"Being local to Barnes, I am thrilled to be associated with the new Barnes Music Festival. It is a welcome addition to a part of London that has a long music tradition and that counts Gustav Holst as one of its own" Howard Goodall CBE Artistic Director, tenor Daniel Turner and Festival Chairman Andrew Summers are delighted to announce the launch of the brand-new Barnes Festival which will take place from Saturday 16th Sunday 24th March 2013 at venues across Barnes.
The inaugural 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 inspired by this much loved and admired musician.
The Barnes Music Festival welcomes distinguished international artists such as Dame Felicity Lott, celebrated pianist, Graham Johnson and the acclaimed Tippett Quartet as well as emerging talent and enjoys the warm support of the local community in an area 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 together with notable soloists 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 is also proud to encourage contemporary composers and this inaugural Festival will host two world premiere performances of works by local composers, Tom Evans and Jim Parker, both resident in Barnes today.
Additionally there will be jazz at the famous Bull's Head with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Nonet; exciting community events plus an eagerly-anticipated film event at which eminent film director Tony Palmer will introduce a showing of his famous documentary 'Holst In the Bleak Midwinter'.
Performances are given in several local venues including St Mary's Barnes (its church hall - Kitson Hall - being home to the first performance of Holst's opera, 'Savitri'); The Bull's Head and St Osmund's Hall.
Artistic Director Daniel Turner, who is also Music Director at St Mary's Barnes, commented: I am thrilled to be involved with this very first Barnes Music Festival. Over years to come, we aim to provide a forum for both established artists and up-coming musicians and to create an environment where talent can flourish and be nurtured. By working together with the many local music and community groups in the area, we will provide a welcome platform for performances of works by Holst, his friends and contemporaries and those influenced by him.