Thursday 27 November, 2014  7:30 pm

St Mary's Church, Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HL


Tribute to

Stephen Dodgson



President: Steven Isserlis


Barnes Music Society is proud to have as its President the world-famous cellist Steven Isserlis.  Born in Barnes, he comes from a very musical family.  His two sisters are professional string players (Annette a violist and Rachel a violinist), and his grandfather Julian Isserlis was a composer.


 The Society in its current form was created through a merger in 1985 of Castelnau Concerts with the Barnes Music Club, although its roots go back to the 1950's.  Our outgoing President, the late Stephen Dodgson, had been Chairman of Castlenau Concerts, whilst the new President's late father, George Isserlis, had been Chairman of the Barnes Music Club.  Both played a major role in maintaining the Society's high standards.


Barnes Music Society aims to foster appreciation of music, promoting first-class concerts, and encouraging other musical activities especially involving young musicians.  These last are achieved by the Saturday family concerts for children and by the annual concert each May given by young musicians.


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Music composed by and loved by Stephen Dodgson

This event is in association with the Friends of St Mary's Barnes





Janáček    Pohádka (Fairy Tale) for cello & piano


Dodgson    2 Romantic Pieces, Set B for cello & piano (first performance)


Dodgson    5 Occasional Pieces for cello & piano


Schubert    Fantasia in F minor, D.940 for piano duet


Dodgson    Tournament for 20 Fingers for piano duet


Wagner    Polonaise in D, Op.2 for piano duet



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Evva Mizerska    cello

Emma Abbate    piano

Julian Perkins    piano


Evva Mizerska is a recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. Born in Poland, she graduated with high distinction from the cello class of Andrzej Zieliński and Piotr Hausenplas at the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Later she completed the PGDip and MMus courses at Trinity College of Music in London, where she studied with Richard Markson, and also received tuition from Bernard Greenhouse and Yonty Solomon. Evva has been awarded numerous prizes including the first prize at the Seventh International Leoš Janáček Competition in Brno, the Vivian Joseph Cello Prize and the Leonard Smith Duo Prize in London. She also received scholarships from the Dartington Summer Music School (UK), Kronberg Academy (Germany) and the Third World Cello Congress in Baltimore (USA). In London, Evva was awarded the Trinity College of Music full scholarship, the Joan Greenfield scholarship, the Solti Foundation grant, and the Trinity College of Music Junior Fellowship.

 Evva currently lives in London where she is a cello lecturer at Morley College. She regularly gives recitals with pianist Emma Abbate. She is highly sought-after as a chamber musician and has performed in various prestigious London venues including the Purcell Room, the Conway Hall and the Fairfield and Blackheath Halls as well as various other festivals and concert halls across the UK, such as St George’s in Bristol, Cheltenham, Plymouth, Hexham Abbey and Chester Festivals. Abroad, she has appeared in recitals in Austria (the Nola-Salzburg Festival), Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Poland.

 Evva has particular interest in Polish and contemporary music. She has commissioned works by contemporary Polish composers and performed them as part of her Junior Fellowship concert series at Trinity College of Music. Evva’s debut CD for Toccata Classics was the world-premières recording of music for cello and piano by her compatriot Krzysztof Meyer with Emma Abbate and Katarzyna Glensk, which was reviewed enthusiastically by such magazines as The Strad and International Record Review in the UK, Fanfare in the USA and FonoForum in Germany – where it was selected as one of the five best CDs of 2009. With pianist Emma Abbate, she has also released her second CD with Toccata Classics, which is the first recording of works by Algernon Ashton.


The Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate pursues a varied career as a chamber musician and vocal coach, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. She has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg, Lisbon, Naples, Ischia, Koscierzyna and Sorrento, and at many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St George’s, Bristol and for the Aldeburgh Festival.

Described as "an amazingly talented pianist" by the leading Italian magazine Musica, Emma is planning a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian vocal chamber music, the last of which is the world-première disc of Shakespeare Sonnets by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the baritone Ashley Riches for Resonus Classics. Emma also released L’Infinito for Urania Records with the mezzo-soprano Kamelia Kader. Her discography also includes world-premières of works for cello and piano by Krzysztof Meyer and Algernon Ashton with the cellist Evva Mizerska. Published by Toccata Classics, their performances have been praised by The Strad for their "great expressive range and impressive authority".

Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples at the age of only 19 and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She completed her studies with Geoffrey Pratley and Patsy Toh as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Accompaniment with Distinction. Her many prizes have included the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust Award, the International Ibla Grand Prize as Distinguished Musician, the Grover Bennett Prize and the AMA Calabria Award. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples.


Julian Perkins performs widely as a soloist, conductor and chamber musician. As director of Sounds Baroque, he has launched two in a series of cantata recordings with Avie Records and performed at London’s Southbank Centre and festivals such as Ryedale, York and Tel Aviv. Julian regularly works with most of the UK’s leading period instrument ensembles and has performed concertos with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Sixteen and the New London Soloists. He has also performed and recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and given world premières of works by leading composers including Stephen Dodgson and Jonathan Dove. His solo harpsichord recordings feature a range of important historical instruments, including the Royal harpsichord at Kew Palace by Burkat Shudi.

His conducting engagements have included appearances at the Anghiari Festival and staged productions of Telemann’s Pimpinone (Buxton Festival), Mozart’s La finta giardiniera (Dutch National Opera Academy), a Handel pasticcio – Handel Furioso (Grimeborn Festival), Arne’s The Cooper and Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista (Guildhall School of Music & Drama), Arne’s Artaxerxes (New Chamber Opera), Platt’s King Fred who never was (New Kent Opera) and Cunningham’s The Okavango Macbeth (Cambridge Summer Music Festival), and recently directed the world-première recording of Daniel Purcell’s The Judgement of Paris with Spiritato and the Rodolfus Choir for Resonus Classics.

Based in London, Julian is a tutor for the Southbank Sinfonia, a visiting teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music and has taught at the National Opera Studio. He benefited greatly from his studies in Cambridge, Basel and London, and from singing in the Monteverdi Choir. He is one of only a handful of harpsichordists to have studied with Trevor Pinnock, and his current mentor is David Parry. In 2010, Julian was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his contribution to the music profession.