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Thursday 4 October, 2018  7:30 pm

St Mary's Church, Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HL


Chiyan Wong    piano







Busoni    Sonatina No.2

Beethoven    Sonata in F sharp, Op.78

Bach    Capriccio in B flat, BWV.992

Schumann    Theme & Variations in E flat, WoO.24

Thomas Ades    Blanca Variations

Liszt    Apres une lecture de Dante - Fantasia quasi sonata from Annees de pelerinage


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"Beyond the dazzling technical polish he brings to these fiendishly challenging pieces, most striking is Wong's sincerity of purpose." Gramophone Magazine, 2017


"Jaw-dropping and spine-tingling pianistic mayhem ... This is how legends are made." The Straits Times, 2017



Young UK-based pianist Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with the sincerity and authority of his playing. He is a broad and thoughtful musician with a special interest in the music of Franz Liszt and Ferruccio Busoni. Wong was recently awarded a prestigious prize as one of most promising young artists to appear at the International Mozarteum Summer Academy and subsequently performed at the Salzburg Festival in Summer 2017.


Wong released his critically-acclaimed debut on LINN Records in Spring 2017 which featured Franz Liszt's operatic transcriptions completed and edited by Wong himself: 'I have run out of superlatives here as this really is a superb recording' (Musicweb International). In 2016, the young pianist made successful debuts with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2) and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in a Liszt/Beethoven programme, where he was immediately re-invited for the following season. In Summer 2017 he returned to the Singapore International Piano Festival and also performed at Stoller Hall as a featured artist in the International Piano Summer School at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester.


Other recent debuts include the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Wigmore Hall (all-Liszt recital), the International Music Festival in Dinard, France at the invitation of Kun-Woo Paik, the 19th Singapore International Piano Festival, and in Sacile, Italy. Chiyan was invited to return to Hong Kong for a Liszt live broadcast recital (part of the city's celebration of the composer's bicentenary) sponsored by the Radio Television Hong Kong Corporation.


Wong has enjoyed working with conductors such as Edward Gardner and Okko Kamu and other European performances have included concerts for the Liszt Society, an extensive recital tour in Germany, and the Bad Bocklet Spring Music Festival. Upcoming performances include recitals in the United Kingdom, Europe and a return visit to the Hong Kong Philharmonic (Liszt: Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Melodies).


Alongside his recent triumph in Salzburg, Chiyan was the sole recipient of the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) and won First Prize at the Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition (2011). In addition, he has been awarded prizes by the Hattori Foundation in London, the International Piano Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine and the Premio Liszt in Parma. He is a recipient of the Postgraduate Performance Award by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the ABRSM Macklin Bursary.




"Chiyan Wong is an exciting, original and thoughtful pianist. Nothing sounds 'bought in'; everything sounds freshly but not self-consciously conceived." Stephen Hough





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


and 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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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' theartsdesk.com

'Elegant' The Times

'Impressive ... charismatic' BBC Music Magazine






Thursday 17 January, 2019  7:30 pm

  OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0LF


Isbilia Quartet







Beethoven    String Quartet in B flat, Op.18 No.6

Brahms    String Quartet in A minor, Op.51 No.2

Shostakovich    String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110

Brahms    Intermezzo, Op19 No.2


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Proud winners of the 'CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition 2016', the 'John Thompson String Ensemble Prize' and the 'John Barbirolli String Quartet Competition 2016', they are enjoying a busy 2017/2018 season performing around the UK and Spain. They gave their St. Martin-in-the-Fields debut the 4th of April 2017.

Since they were formed, the quartet has performed in major venues, including the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and King's Place. Isbilia Quartet was successful in their audition for a place on the Trinity Laban 'Quartets in Residence Mentorship Programme 2015/2016' and worked alongside with the Carducci Quartet and Wihan Quartet. During that year, they recorded Shostakovich's 'String Quartet No.8 Op.110' and Beethoven's 'String Quartet No.3, Op18'.Collaborations with composers include the UK premier of 'Con Aire de Tango', by award-winning composer and pianist Arturo Cardelus and 'Curved Form' for string quartet, by Alex Groves. They have studied and received Masterclasses from members of the Brodsky Quartet, Van Kuijk Quartet, Cuarteto Quiroga, Rivka Golani and David Kenedy among others.




Tuesday 19 February, 2019  7:30 pm

  Velherad, 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9JP





Bartholomew LaFollette    cello


Caroline Palmer    piano












Mendelssohn    Variations in D for cello & piano, Op.17


Kabalevsky    Sonata in B flat for cello & piano, Op.71


Beethoven    Cello Sonata No.1 in F , Op.5 No.1


Poulenc    Sonata for cello & piano




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British/American cellist Bartholomew LaFollette has a rich and varied career as an international soloist and chamber musician. After being launched by YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) with numerous performances at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Bridgewater Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, Bartholomew went on to win first prize at The Arts Club's and Decca Records' inaugural Classical Music Award. He was also the first recipient of the Irish Chamber Orchestra's Ardan Award. Bartholomew is artistic director of the Marryat Players International Chamber Music Festival, now in it's third year, which takes place in Wimbledon Village.

 Hailed by the Irish Times for being "as free in touching the heartstrings as he was in dashing off dazzling runs", Bartholomew's highlights with orchestra include performances of Dvořak's Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Walton and Elgar Cello Concertos in the Barbican Hall as well as appearing as soloist with the City of London Sinfonia. He has also performed The Brahms Double Concerto with Daniel Stabrawa and the Poznan Philharmonic in Poland and Elgar's Cello Concerto at the Sibelius International Music Festival in Helsinki.

Bartholomew is also a sought-after chamber musician and his musical collaborators have included Anthony Marwood, Christian Tetzlaff, Alina Ibragimova and Andras Keller. He frequently appears with the award winning Doric String Quartet with whom he recorded Eric Wolfgang Korngold's string sextet for the Chandos label. His debut CD of the Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Four Serious Songs with pianist Caroline Palmer was released in October 2017 on the Champs Hill label.

In 2011 at the age of twenty-six, Bartholomew LaFollette was appointed Principal Cello Teacher at the distinguished Yehudi Menuhin School.



The Singapore-born English pianist, Caroline Palmer studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with Edith Vogel and later continued her studies with Peter Wallfisch and Hans Keller. She won several prizes and also was a finalist in the Busoni Competition in Italy.


Since then Caroline Palmer has established a reputation as a chamber musician and soloist and has performed in the USA and throughout Europe. She has been a participant in various chamber music festivals in Europe and America. Alongside her career as a pianist she has been a piano professor at the Guildhall since 1990, where she coaches chamber repertoire as well as teaching individual students.


Caroline Palmer has made several recordings with many artists including the cello works of Robert Fuchs, Camille Saint-Saens, Ferruccio Busoni and Gabriel Faure. She has made numerous recordings as soloist and chamber musician for the BBC, and has also played for radio broadcasts and recordings in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Bulgaria and the USA. Recent engagements have included a televised performance in the Varna Festival, a recording of the Johannes Brahms violin sonatas with Krzysztof Smietana and recordings for BBC Radio 3.





Saturday 9 March, 2019  12:00 noon


Velherad, 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9JP


Barnes Young Musician of the Year 2019 - Final

As part of the Barnes Music Festival 2019


Now in its third year, the Award looks ahead to the future of musical performance.


This year's adjudicator Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and he is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians, broadening access to classical music. He works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible.


In conjunction with Barnes Music Society and supported by Chimes Music.




Thursday 14 March, 2019  7:30 pm

 St Mary's Church, Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HL



Cordelia Williams    piano


As part of the Barnes Music Festival 2019











JS Bach    Three Part Inventions, BWV.787-801 (Selection)


Prokofiev    Visions Fugitives, Op.22 (selection)


Chopin    Four Mazurkas, Op.6


Arvo Part    Fur Elina


Schubert    4 Impromptus, D.935




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Cordelia Williams is recognised for the poetry, conviction and inner strength of her playing and the depth and maturity of her interpretations. She has performed all over the world, including concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra (in Mexico City), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (at Barbican Hall, London), as well as recitals at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Beijing Concert Hall.

 At the core of Cordelia's musicality is a fascination with the human soul and the artistic expression of struggles and beliefs; alongside her performing career she gained a First in Theology from Clare College, Cambridge. Cordelia is drawn especially to the music of the late Classical and early Romantic periods: her debut CD, featuring Schubert's complete Impromptus for SOMM Recordings, was released to critical acclaim in July 2013. This was followed in 2015 by a recording of music by Schumann, with one reviewer describing her as 'Schumann's 21st century interpreter and soul-mate'. Her third CD, featuring music by J. S. Bach and Arvo Part, has just been released.

Her curiosity towards religions and faith led to her recent cross-arts project, Between Heaven and the Clouds: Messiaen 2015. In collaboration with award-winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams and artist Sophie Hacker, this year-long series of events and performances explored the music, context and theology of Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus.

Cordelia has a great enthusiasm for presenting and introducing music; her Cafe Muse evenings bring classical music out of the concert hall and into the relaxed setting of bars and brasseries. She is also a passionate chamber musician, having appeared with the Endellion, Fitzwilliam and Maggini quartets among others. She was delighted to be appointed in 2018 as Piano and Chamber Music Coach, and Lecturer in Vocational Contexts, at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Cordelia recently welcomed her first child, a little boy.

Hearing her mother teach piano, Cordelia wanted to learn to play too, and began lessons at home as soon as she could climb onto the piano stool. She gave her first public piano recital to celebrate her eighth birthday. She spent seven years at Chethams School of Music in Manchester, studying with Bernard Roberts and Murray McLachlan and becoming Piano Winner of BBC Young Musician 2006. She went on to work with Hamish Milne in London, Joan Havill and Richard Goode, and is grateful to have received support from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Stanley Picker Trust, the City of London Corporation, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the City Music Foundation. She has enjoyed travelling and performing through France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Thailand, China, America, Mexico, Kenya and the Gulf States.




Monday 8 April, 2019  7:30 pm

  OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0LF




Luca Luciano    clarinet

Yuki Osedo    piano









Brahms    Sonata in F minor for clarinet & piano, Op.120 No.1


Schumann    Phantasiestucke for clarinet & piano, Op.73


Debussy    Petite piece for clarinet & piano


Berio    Lied for clarinet solo


Luca Luciano    Clarinet Sonata No.8 (world premiere); Homages to Puccini, Poulenc & Debussy




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Wednesday 8 May, 2019  7:30 pm


Velherad, 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9JP





William Thomas    bass


Catriona Hewitson    soprano


Michael Pandya    piano













Prize-winning accompanist and singers from the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Awards present a recital including Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben, Op.42 along with songs and duets by Strauss, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Clara and Robert Schumann and English composers.