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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Thursday 22 November 2018   7:30 pm

Velherad, 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9JP


Clara Schumann:

An Inspirational Life

in Words and Music




Reiko Fujisawa  piano


Paul Ansdell  narrator






Brahms    Intermezzo, Op19 No.2


Clara Schumann    Scherzo, Op.10; Romance Op.21 No.2


Beethoven    Adagio cantabile from Sonata in C minor, Op.18 (Pathetique)


Chopin    Impromptus: No.1 in A flat, Op.29 & No.2 in F sharp minor, Op.36


R. Schumann    Fruhlingsnacht transc. Liszt


R. Schumann    Carnaval de Vienne, Op.26


R. Schumann    Widmung transc. Liszt



Combining the music of Clara and Robert Schumann together with other works that were some of Clara's favourites, Reiko explores the life and work of this extraordinary woman - as child prodigy; as lover and wife to the flawed genius Robert; her later attachment to Brahms; and the resurgence of her career as a formidable concert pianist and tour de force of the musical world.



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Clara Schumann: An Inspirational Life in Words and Music



Reiko Fujisawa took up the piano at the age of three. It was an unusual direction for the traditional family milieu in which she grew up in the most southerly of Japan's four main islands: her parents played traditional Japanese instruments but were keen for Reiko to expand her musical horizons.

Reiko went on to study at the Musashino University of Music in Tokyo but was eager to further her knowledge abroad. She spent time in San Francisco and then chose to travel to the UK. There she trained at Trinity College and with Martino Tirimo, Benjamin Kaplan and Yonty Solomon. She has been in London ever since.

Reiko has gone on to establish herself as an exciting and formidable virtuoso performer on the concert platform. She made her debut at the Southbank Centre in 1999, at the Wigmore Hall in 2003 and performed with the Soloists of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the inaugural season at Cadogan Hall in London in 2006. She has appeared at prestigious venues all over the UK and overseas, her UK festival performances include Brighton, Belfast and Warwick & Leamington.

So what actually happens when Reiko sits at a keyboard and performs? The dominant flavour Reiko looks for in her recitals is personal warmth. Her constant goal is to present to the audience a dialogue between pianist and composer. What audiences experience, both in the studio and on stage, is a musician with a European sensibility who is still in touch with her musical roots in Japan. Her recitals have often engaged with works by contemporary Japanese composers. Reiko was a featured artist at the Japan 2001 festival with the specially formed Ensemble Tōzai, which combines western and classical Japanese musicians. Their performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Channel 4.

But her ensemble work doesn't stop there. She also plays with the Wind Principals of the London Orchestras and with members of the Allegri Quartet. The culmination of Reiko's solo career so far is an acclaimed CD, released on Quartz.


'Beautifully poised' The Guardian

'Boundless energy and lightness of touch ... irresistible'

'Elegant' The Times

'Impressive ... charismatic' BBC Music Magazine



Paul Ansdell is an actor, known for Dream (2001), In the Red (1998) and Lady Godiva (2008). He has expensive experience in theatre, television and film. Paul is also narrator of numerous audio books, recitals and concerts.