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
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Roger Coull violin
Philip Gallaway violin
Jonathan Barritt viola
in F minor, Op.95
No.2 in C major, Op.36
String Quartet in D minor
(Voces Intimae), Op.56
Each composer rebelled against the
established order of the day. Beethoven wrote music that cried
out for freedom of the spirit, in an age of conformity. Britten
was a wartime conscientious objector and stood by his beliefs in
the face of establishment criticism. Sibelius wrote “Finlandia”,
a virtual national anthem against oppression from Russia.
David Matthews will give a pre-concert talk at
David has recently been described
as one of the finest living British composers. He will talk
about how his music relates to the English Tradition and why he
has followed this throughout his long career.
seasoned ensemble of the Coull’. (The Strad)
Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick since 1977, the
Coull Quartet has performed and broadcast extensively
throughout the UK, the USA and Western Europe, and has also
toured China, India, the Far East, South America and Australia.
The Quartet, which includes two of its founder members, has appeared at most of the major music societies
and festivals in the UK, and gives an annual series of recitals
at Warwick Arts Centre, where it is actively involved in the
University of Warwick’s flourishing musical life.
The rare combination of maturity and freshness which characterises
the Quartet’s performances is often singled out by reviewers:
“Here the playing is so
brimful with enthusiasm and commitment, and at the same time so
infused with the accumulated wisdom of three decades, that the
music simply reinvents itself as it should”.
Since the mid-1980s the Coull Quartet has made over 30
recordings featuring a wide selection of the repertoire closest
to their hearts, from the complete Mendelssohn and Schubert
quartets to 20th century and contemporary British chamber music.
They currently record for Somm Records, and their disc
of quartets by Maw and Britten has received universal acclaim.
In addition to being featured in ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The
Gramophone, it was also described as the ‘Benchmark Recording’
by BBC Music Magazine. Their latest two CDs, of music by
Sibelius and Ian Venables have recently received excellent
reviews in the major musical publications.
“I have nothing but
praise for a display so full of wisdom and musicality”
In addition to performing most of the standard string quartet
repertoire, the Coull Quartet often features modern British
repertoire in its programmes. Their impressive list of
commissions includes works by Sally Beamish, Edward Cowie, Joe
Cutler, David Matthews, Nicholas Maw, and Robert Simpson.
For more details about the Coull Quartet, please follow