Classical Source: Magna Carta, Music and Freedom celebrated at the Barnes Music Festival ? Patrons: Howard Goodall CBE, Gyles Brandreth & Roxanna Panufnik ? 14-29 March 2015
Sun 22 Feb 2015
Whatever your musical taste, you will find something to satisfy, to stimulate and to surprise you", GylesBrandreth, Festival Patron
Artistic Director, tenor Daniel Turner and Festival Chairman Andrew Summers are delighted to announce theprogramme for the Barnes Music Festival 2015, which takes place from Saturday 14th to Sunday 29th March
2015 at venues across Barnes. The Festival takes as its theme 'Magna Carta, Music and Freedom', celebratingthe 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and its links with Barnes.
The third Barnes Music Festival welcomes distinguished international artists as well as emerging talent andenjoys 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, Magna Carta 800th Committee and
The Bull's Head.
Highlights include the opening 'Come and Sing' morning event featuring music by Rutter, Howells and Purcellfollowed by an evening concert with il Suono and the Rodolphus Choir, led by Ralph Allwood; medieval music
from early music specialists, Misericordia; a family music workshop and lunchtime pageant on Barnes Green;Purcell's 'King Arthur' with narration by Gyles Brandreth, Patricia Hodge and Alistair McGowan; Bach's 'St John
Passion' conducted by Martin Neary and featuring Robert Murray and James Bowman; the renowned CoullQuartet in a recital entitled 'Humanism in Music'; an innovative Photography & Music exhibition and a tribute to
Flanders and Swann by Michael Mates and William Godfree. The Verter Trio makes a welcome return to theBarnes Music Festival and there will also be lunchtime recitals by Martin Neary (organ); Marc Verter (piano) and
Richard Pinel (organ).
Additionally there will be jazz at the famous Bull's Head with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Nonet; excitingcommunity events plus an eagerly-anticipated film event at which Tony Palmer will introduce the new film
'Dvorak-In Love?' featuring Julian Lloyd Webber.Performances are given in several local venues including St Mary's Barnes, St Michael's Barnes, the OSO ArtsCentre, Olympic Studios and The Bull's Head.
Chairman Andrew Summers commented: The combination of world-class musicians, emerging young talent andstrong community support promises to give us an outstanding festival.
Artistic Director Daniel Turner, who is also Music Director at St Mary's Barnes, added: We have an ambitiousprogramme with several events ranging from choral, instrumental and chamber to cabaret, jazz and film and will
be showcasing both international stars and local groups to give a packed fortnight of wonderful music andentertainment.