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
This event is one of the Society's two contributions to the 2016
Barnes Music Festival, the theme of which is Handel and
the composers of Barnes - see
Nine German Arias
Sonata for oboe and piano
Sonata for oboe and piano
Sonata for oboe and piano
Described by The Independent as "a worthy champion" of contemporary
oboe music, James Turnbull has dedicated much of his
performing life to promoting and extending the oboe repertoire.
James has performed frequently throughout the UK and Europe
including a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2010. He has
broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and appeared as a soloist in
numerous UK festivals including Oxford, Leicester, Cambridge,
Thaxted, Ryedale, Machynlleth, Swaledale and, King's Lynn. James
has released solo recordings for Champs Hill Records, Quartz
Music and the ABRSM as well as featuring on a disc of Thea
Musgrave's works for Harmonia Mundi USA. Gramophone Magazine
described his debut recital disc, Fierce Tears, as a "notable
debut" and it was selected as the Editor's Choice Recording by
Classical Music Magazine.
seven when he began his oboe studies, learning with Irene
Pragnell, Melanie Ragge, Celia Nicklin, Tess Miller and Chris
Cowie. After gaining a First Class degree in music from Christ
Church, Oxford University, James continued his oboe studies at
the Royal Academy of Music and under Nicholas Daniel at
Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany, where he was awarded
First Class for both his Artist and Soloist Diplomas.
deeply committed to expanding the oboe repertoire. He worked
closely with Michael Berkeley, John Casken, Jonathan Dove, John
Woolrich, Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies on their compositions
for oboe. Composers including Patrick Hawes, Thomas Hewitt Jones
and Norbert Froehlich have also written for him. James has a
keen interest in researching lost repertoire and bringing to new
audiences works which have been rarely performed. In 2011 he
worked closely with Christopher Hogwood on preparation for a new
edition of Thomas Attwood Walmisley's Sonatinas for oboe and
James is an
active chamber musician and is Artistic Director of Ensemble
Perpetuo. Founded in 2013, Perpetuo is a chamber music
collective that specialises in multi-art form collaborations and
innovative ways of performing chamber music in new contexts.
James has also performed with other chamber music ensembles
including the Berkeley Ensemble and the Allegri String Quartet.
his performing interests, James is dedicated to broadening the
appeal of the oboe and encouraging young people to learn the
instrument. To this end, he has launched the website
which now receives over a thousand new visitors every month from
across the world. James also teaches at the Royal College of
Music Junior Department and gives masterclasses across the UK.
James plays a Loree Royal Oboe and Cor Anglais supplied by
Crowthers of Canterbury. For more information about James and
his playing, visit
made her debut as Mercedes (Carmen) with the Opera
Comique de Paris while studying at the RCM. She read Music at
Worcester College, Oxford, has completed ENO's Opera Works
programme, Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir
Apprenticeship, and is currently studying at the Wales
International Academy of Voice assisted by a Goldman Award from
the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Robyn was a
Kathleen Ferrier Award finalist in 2012, semi-finalist in
Berlin's prestigious Das Lied Competition 2013, and winner of Garsington Opera's Helen Clarke award, the Nachwuchspreis at
Salzburg's Oper im Berg Festival, Making Music's concert award
and the Oxford Lieder Festival prize.
include Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) with Christian Curnyn
for Britten-Pears and Zerlina
(Don Giovanni) with Tim Murray ('a force to reckon with'
Gramophone and 'irresistible' Opera magazine). She
has performed with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Garsington
Opera, in concert with the LPO, RPO, the Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Mahler Chamber
Orchestra, and understudied Euridice (La Musica)
at Munich Bayerische Staatsoper last summer. Robyn has recently
recorded the title role in Charpentier's Caecilia Virgo et
Martyr for Novum.
is a pianist dedicated to the fields of song and chamber music,
working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of
her generation. She enjoys a diverse song recital schedule,
ranging from the Wigmore Hall and St John's Smith Square to the Aldeburgh, Buxton and Oxford Lieder Festivals; from music
societies around the country to broadcasts on Radio 3. A
committed chamber musician, Libby relishes partnerships with a
range of string and woodwind players, collaborates regularly
with The Berkeley Ensemble, and has performed in The Sacconi
Quartet's festival. In 2013 she established
which presents programmes exploring the intersection of song and
chamber music; this combined interest is reflected in her
discography, which ranges from
The English Oboe: Rediscovered
with James Turnbull, released in 2013 to excellent reviews, to a
forthcoming disc featuring songs of madwomen with mezzo-soprano
Born in Sussex, Libby read music at Oxford, where she was the
first female organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, before
specializing in piano accompaniment with a postgraduate
scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. Here she was awarded
numerous accompanist prizes and graduated with the DipRAM for an
outstandingly high final recital mark, subsequently being
awarded both the Shinn and Lucille Graham fellowships.
Libby's passion for working with singers extends beyond the
piano: she has conducted Britten and Mendelssohn operas for Ryedale Festival Opera, and is highly regarded as a chorusmaster,
in which role she collaborated with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in
the premiere of his Kommilitonen!. She is regularly
asked to give choral workshops and be a guest conductor for
choirs throughout the country, and is in demand as a vocal
coach. Libby is resident accompanist on courses ranging from
Dartington International Summer School to the annual Cello
Gathering, gives masterclasses at schools and universities
across the UK, and since 2014 has been Head of Keyboard at Eton