Wednesday 4 March, 2015  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH



Jad Azkoul   guitar


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 1950s.  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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Barnes Music Society gratefully acknowledges financial assistance during the past year from the Barnes Workhouse Fund, the Barnes Community Association, the John S Cohen Foundation, the Holst Foundation and Chestertons









Villa-Lobos    5 Preludes for guitar

 Castelnuovo-Tedesco    Capriccio diabolico (Hommage to Paganini), Op.85

Stephen Dodgson    Fantasy Divisions for guitar

Francisco Tárrega    Adelita (Mazurka); Lágrima (Prelude); Capricho Arabe (played on a copy of the Torres 1856 `La Leona’, made by Nicholaus Wollf in 2013)

 Roland Dyens    Saudade No.3

Concert guitar by Enrico Bottelli (2008) 

Tickets now available for
Jad Azkoul (Guitar Recital)




We warmly welcome back Jad Azkoul, who began music as a rock guitarist, and only turned to music study after doing a BA and MA in experimental psychology at the American University of Beirut. He began in jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, before totally switching to classical music in Paris.

While in France his meeting with the Uruguayan guitar virtuoso Abel Carlevaro was prodigious. Accepting an invitation to study in Montevideo under the great Maestro, he changed his whole approach and even went on to become Carlevaro's teaching assistant.

Jad is 1st prize winner of the Affiliate Artists Competition in New York, and recipient of the Order of the Cedar, a knighthood from the Lebanese government. He concertizes worldwide, adjudicates at international guitar competitions, and is sought after for his expertise in teaching.

The French label Forlane produced two highly acclaimed CDs that are available on many Internet sites including Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. He has written several articles for international music magazines, most recently the UK Classical Guitar. He has taught in Geneva and Washington, DC, and now teaches at the London College of Music.

Jad is fluent in four languages. He has two musical sons: the younger, Mike, is a talented hip-hop artist (Dr. Koul), and Julian is a very fine violinist who performed in a duo with his father here at the Barnes Music Society in 2012.

Jad gives master classes worldwide, and conducts a regular workshop every summer in the lovely French countryside, this year from July 12 to 21 (see

For more details about Jad, please click on this link.