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Three Greats: Elgar, Delius, Holst and English Tradition Celebrated At The Barnes Music Festival

Tue 28 Jan 2014

The joy of this festival is that it's world-class music right here in Barnes. The programme is wonderfully varied and genuinely inclusive: it works for connoisseurs as well as people new to classical music. Best of all, there's a real sense of community about it - as well as a sense of adventure." Gyles Brandreth

After the success of the inaugural Barnes Festival in March 2013, Artistic Director, tenor Daniel Turner and Festival Chairman Andrew Summers are delighted to announce the programme for this year's event. The 2014 Festival will take place over an extended two week period between Saturday 22nd March 6th April at venues across Barnes. The Festival takes as its theme 'Three Greats: Elgar, Delius, Holst and the English Tradition', marking the 80th anniversary of the deaths of these landmark composers.

The Barnes Music Festival welcomes distinguished international artists such as vocal ensemble Cantabile-The London Quartet; pianist Graham Johnson; cellist Julian Lloyd Webber; the Verter Trio and the Villiers String 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 Marsh & Parsons, the Barnes Community Association, the Barnes Workhouse Fund and The Bull's Head.

CantabileThe London Quartet opens the Festival with its signature blend of virtuoso singing and humour. Other highlights include the world premiere of a new work commissioned by the Barnes Music Festival from composer David Bednall to be performed by the Barnes Music Festival Chorus; the Villiers String Quartet performing Elgar, Delius, Holst and Robert Still plus Julian Lloyd Webber with the Verter Trio performing Delius, Purcell, Ireland and William Lloyd Webber in the 100th anniversary year of William Lloyd Webber's birth. Additionally there will be a lecture recital by Graham Johnson together with notable soloists on 'Holst and Exoticism'; an organ recital by Simon Johnson; 'Opera in a Day' Trial by Jury with the New London Opera Players plus 'A Soldier's Tale' - a recital of poems set to music featuring bass baritone Christopher Foster to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. There will also be several fine choral concerts featuring the Barnes Choir and St Mary's and St Michael's Choirs.

Additionally there will be jazz at the famous Bull's Head with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra; exciting community events plus an eagerly-anticipated film event at which Tony Palmer's film about Purcell - 'England My England' - will be shown.

Performances are given in several local venues including St Mary's Barnes, St Michael's Barnes and The Bull's Head.

Artistic Director Daniel Turner, who is also Music Director at St Mary's Barnes, commented: We have an ambitious programme with eighteen events planned across the two weeks, ranging from choral, instrumental, chamber and jazz to film and will be showcasing both international stars and local groups to give a packed fortnight of wonderful music. Chairman Andrew Summers added: The festival will again have that special atmosphere that we all enjoyed so much at the inaugural event and we expect capacity audiences for this celebratory and wide-ranging programme.

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