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
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Sonata in A, D.921 (Arpeggione)
for cello & piano, Op.73
Romanze in F
Intermezzo from Goyescas
Hungarian Rhapsody, Op.68
Described as 'a triumphant assertion' by Classical Music
Magazine, Corinne Morris's relaunch album 'Macedonian
Sessions' recorded with the Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra,
marks the British/French cellist's return to the platform after
a debilitating shoulder injury brought her career to a halt for
over 5 years.
Corinne has a long list of professional accomplishments,
including being a prizewinner of the Maria Canals International
Cello Competition in Spain, and the International French Music
Competition in France. Corinne was chosen by Rostropovich to
perform at his festival in Evian (where he affectionately
nicknamed her Corinotchka). She was also invited to perform and
take part in the world-famous Verbier Academy in Switzerland, as
well as the international Cello festival in Kronberg in Germany.
Corinne has performed throughout Europe and beyond, including
chamber music performances with Schlomo Mintz at the Jerusalem
Conservatory. She has made several recordings for France Musique,
Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany) and ORF (Austria). Her BBC debut
recital was broadcast on Radio 3, and she is on the list of solo
artists for Radio 3 programmes.
Corinne started the cello at the age of 8 and was a student of
Raphael Sommer, a major disciple of Paul Tortelier. At age 16,
she obtained an ARCM with honours (Royal College of Music,
London) and continued her training at the prestigious
Conservatoire in Paris where she graduated with a first prize in
both cello and chamber music. She then completed a post-graduate
solo cello performing degree at the University of Music in
Vienna, Austria. During her studies, Corinne had the privilege
to work with Paul Tortelier, Mtislav Rostropovich, Andre
Navarra, Bernard Greenhouse, Ralph Kirshbaum and Franz Helmerson.
Corinne's story has inspired many in the music industry and
beyond. She has given several interviews for publications
including International Arts Manager, Classical Music Magazine,
Gramophone and Australia's Limelight Magazine. Most recently
Corinne has been featured on BBC radio 3's 'In Tune' programme
and she was invited to Classic FM's weekly Webchat. She is
currently discussing the possibility of a documentary about her
extraordinary story of courage and determination and the
implications of re-launching a performing career in the 21st
Further afield Corinne has been invited to China to give a
series of concerts and masterclasses and she will also be
appearing in recitals and concerto appearances in the UK,
Germany, France and South-Africa.
Corinne plays a cello by C.A. Miremont dated 1876 on loan to her
by a private investor.
Winner of the
First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano
Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has performed at all
the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan,
Australia and the US.
concerto work includes appearances with the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Halle, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert
Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan, London Concert
Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra and the National
Musicians' Symphony Orchestra.
concerto highlights include Mozart K. 467 with the English
Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Grieg with the
London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican, a tour of the USA
with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin;
Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto with the RPO in Cambridge, Rachmaninov's
2nd Concerto with the London Concert Orchestra at the Barbican;
and Beethoven's Emperor Concerto
with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall. Viv McLean
enjoys a regular collaboration with the Halle, with which he
recently has performed the Ravel Concerto in G at The Sands,
Carlisle and Middlesbrough Town Hall;
Gershwin, Bernstein and de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of
Spain at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; and Gershwin's
Rhapsody in Blue at the Sage
performed chamber music with leading groups such as the Ysaye
String Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet, the Galliard Wind
Ensemble and the Leopold String Trio and has collaborated with
musicians such as Natalie Clein, Marianne Thorsen, Daniel Hope,
Lawrence Power, Eijin Nimura, Phillip Dukes, Matthew Sharp, Kate
Gould, Guy Johnston, Richard Dubugnon, David Le Page, Wayne
Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, David
Charles Abell, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch.
McLean has performed at festivals including the Cheltenham
International Festival and Harrogate Festival in the UK, the
International Beethoven Festival, the Mecklenburg Festival and
the Kultur Kreis Festival in Germany, the Melle Festival and
Festival de Saintes in France, the Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden
in Norway and the Musik vid Kattegatt Festival in Sweden.
Viv studied at
the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne where he held the
Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the Royal
Academy in 2005. He made his Wigmore Hall recital debut through
winning the Friends of the Royal Academy Wigmore Award. Whilst
studying at the Academy, he was the piano winner at the Royal
Overseas-League Music Competition and was selected as one of
three winners of the National Federation of Music Societies'
Young Artists Competition, leading to various recitals and
concerto appearances throughout Great Britain.