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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enquiries about the Society and Membership to
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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
5 Preludes for guitar
Capriccio diabolico (Hommage to Paganini), Op.85
Fantasy Divisions for guitar
Adelita (Mazurka); Lágrima (Prelude); Capricho
Arabe (played on a copy of the Torres 1856
`La Leona’, made by Nicholaus Wollf in 2013)
Concert guitar by Enrico Bottelli (2008)
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 festivalgrillon.free.fr).
For more details about Jad, please click on