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,
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Variations in E flat 'Bei Mannern, welche Liebe
fuhlen' for cello and piano
Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114
Sonata for clarinet and piano in E flat, Op.120
Clarinet Trio in B flat, Op.11
Originally from Aberdeen, Thomas Lessels
studied clarinet at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Michael
Harris and in Norway with Hans Christian Braein. In 2006 he
completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where he
was taught by Angela Malsbury, Timothy Lines, Nicholas Rodwell,
Michael Collins, and Richard Addison.
He is active in a wide variety of musical
activities, not only in the UK but across Europe and with
various ensembles. Tom has been the principal clarinettist of
the European Union Youth Orchestra since 2004, performing
throughout the world with such great conductors as Haitink,
Jarvi, Gardiner, Ashkenazy, Davis and Tortelier. He had been a
member of the Zermatt Festival Academy and Chamber Orchestra
since 2005, working with Scharoun Ensemble which is formed of
members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Chamber music plays a
large part in his musical life - he performs regularly with
numerous ensembles including the Bozza Ensemble, and the EUYO
Soloists whose forthcoming European tour includes performances
in the Mozartsaal in the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Zurich
Tonhalle. He performs regularly with many of the UK's leading
orchestras, most recently with the City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra as part of a trial for Principal Clarinet.
He is principal clarinet of the Ossian Ensemble,
Fellows in New Music at the Royal Academy of Music, with whom he
performs regularly. He is deeply committed to the performance of
new music and has performed countless premieres, and
particularly enjoys working side-by-side with composers, who
have included Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Thomas Ades, Jonathan
Harvey, Colin Matthews and Rodion Shchedrin to name but a few.
He has won many prizes and awards including the
Royal Academy of Music Clarinet Prize, the Harold Craxton
Chamber Music Prize, the Leverhulme Award, a Countess of Munster
Musical Trust award, a Martin/Philharmonia Musical Scholarship,
Sir James Caird's Travelling Scholarships Trust award and the
Scottish International Educational Trust, to whom he is
One of the UK's dynamic and versatile cellists,
Benjamin Hughes is Principal Cello of the BBC Concert
Orchestra. As a soloist he has recorded for films such as
Brighton Rock, Norwegian Woods, Glorious 39 and concerto
performances include Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, Gulda
Cello Concerto and Patrick Nunn's 'Fata Morgana', which features
a semi-acoustic electric cello which Benjamin made, all
broadcast live on BBC R3. He received a 'Sony Radio Academy
Award' for a performance on BBC R2 in 2013, and has just
released a solo recording with the BBC Concert Orchestra, a
world premiere of John Fould's Lento and Scherzetto.
He was a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra
before his appointment as Principal with the BBC Concert
Orchestra and is in demand as a Guest Principal Cellist with
other major British Orchestras. Since joining the Fibonacci
Sequence 2005 he has recorded works by Messiaen, Schubert, Elgar
and Brahms for the Dutton and Deux Elles labels.
was twice the winner for the best pianist at the Sofia
International Opera Competition. After these awards she was
invited to work for several years with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in
her Master Classes throughout Europe. She is a founder member
and Artistic Director of the chamber ensemble The Fibonacci
Sequence, and records frequently for BBC Radio 3. As a soloist
she has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and
the BBC Concert Orchestra, making her Proms debut in 1994
playing Alan Rawsthorne's Concerto for 2 pianos with Piers Lane.
She has recorded CDs for Hyperion, Chandos, Gamut, Pickwick,
Sain, ASV, Black Box, Quartz and Deux-Elles. In September 2003
she joined the Keyboard Faculty at the Royal College of Music,
London. Her distinguished mentor and coach is Professor Niel
Immelmann, Royal College of Music.
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