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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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.



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William Thomas, Catriona Hewitson & Michael Pandya




24 year old William Thomas is the winner of the 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, winner of the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Award and winner of the 2018 John Christie Award from Glyndebourne. A Jerwood Young Artist in the 2018 Glyndebourne Chorus, he sang the role of Nicholas in Barber's Vanessa.


In January 2019 he performed the bass solo at Wigmore Hall in Graham Johnson's Songmakers' Almanac and in November 2018 he made his LSO debut performing Bartok's Cantata under Francois-Xavier Roth at the Barbican Concert Hall. He sang the bass role in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Lyon in June 2018 and made his debut performance in 2017 as the Shepherd in Pelleas et Melisande at Garsington Opera.


Brought up in Harpenden, Will is currently on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studies with John Evans.


Will is a Help Musicians UK Maidment award holder, won the Joaninha Trust Award in March 2018 and also became a Drake Calleja Scholar 2018-19.


He enjoys a busy schedule as a recitalist and in operatic roles. Future engagements include Janacek's Glagolitic Mass at Highgate Choral Society in March 2019, the role of Peter Quince in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Guildhall in March 2019, a recital at Leeds Lieder in April 2019 and another Songmakers' Almanac Concert with Graham Johnson in June 2019.


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Edinburgh-born Soprano Catriona Hewitson won the 2018 Ferrier Loveday Song Prize and is a Samling Artist and Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist 2018-2020. She is currently a member of the Royal College of Music Opera Studio studying with Janis Kelly having previously studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, ENO Opera Works and the City of Edinburgh Music School. Recently she was a finalist in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards ands Royal Over-Seas League Vocal Category. She has won several other prizes whilst studying including the Clare Croiza Prize for French Song and the Chris Petty English Song Competition.


Catriona performed with The Grange Festival in their inaugural season as Cis in Albert Herring with John Copley and recently covered in Der Rosenkavalier for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.  She has also worked with English Touring Opera covering the roles of Sophie (Werther), Yniold (Pelleas et Melisande) and Iphise (Dardanus by Rameau). Other roles performed at the RCMOS include Tytania (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Cock/Frantic/Cricket (The Cunning Little Vixen), Ida (Die Fledermaus) and Emmie (Albert Herring). Catriona's roles with other companies include Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Musetta (La boheme), Monica (The Medium) for Magnetic Opera, Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice) at the RNCM and she has also worked with British Youth Opera and Opera Holland Park.


Highlights on the concert platform include performing in St Martin-in-the-Fields as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival and touring Northern Ireland with the Ulster Orchestra. Catriona has also performed in such venues as the Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen's Hall and as part of the Edinburgh International and Lammermuir Festivals.

Recent and future performances include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro directed by Sir Thomas Allen at the RCMIOS. Catriona will also be making her solo Royal Albert Hall debut in December and returning to St Martin-in-the-Fields with Eleanor Kornas for a recital in January. Catriona is the Siow-Furniss Scholar supported by an Emma Rose Scholarship and has also been generously supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, William Gibbs Trust, Drake Calleja Trust, Sybill Tutton Award, Cross Trust and PS.


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Michael Pandya is a versatile young pianist specialising in song and chamber music. He has appeared in performance alongside Graham Johnson, Jonathan Lemalu, Robin Tritschler, Eamonn Dougan, and his recital schedule has taken him across the UK and into both Europe and the USA.


In 2018 he won the Gerald Moore Award, the Help Musicians UK Accompanist Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform with duo partner Harriet Burns.


Michael has received numerous other prizes including the Accompanist Prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, Paul Hamburger Prize, Brenda Webb Award, Joan Chissells/Rex Stephens Schumann Lieder Prize, the Vivian Langrish Piano Prize and the Pianist Prize at the Rosenblatt North London Singing Competition. Recent performing engagements include appearances at the Wigmore Hall, KlavierFestRuhr, Oxford Lieder Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Royal Overseas-League London, Hinchingbrooke Bosendorfer Series, Aberdeen Youth Festival, the Barbican Hall, and several live performances on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. Upcoming engagements include concerts at Barnes Music Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival and Harrogate International Festivals, and recitals in Edinburgh and Belfast.


He is an Oxford Lieder Young Artist and a Samling Artist, as well as being a regular pianist for the Samling Academy. He has given recitals for the Park Lane Group and the Concordia Foundation, and received the Graham Johnson Fellowship at SongFest, Los Angeles in 2017.


Michael is an experienced repetiteur and vocal coach, having worked as a repetiteur for New Chamber Opera for two years. He is also a scholar of the Solti Peretti Repetiteur course. Michael previously studied at the University of Oxford; there he directed student operas by Albinoni, Haydn and Michael Nyman, amongst many others. For two years he was also Accompanist in Residence for the Oxford Lieder Festival.


Michael now studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a DipRAM in 2017. Teachers have included Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, Michael Dussek, James Baillieu, Ian Brown, Caroline Palmer and Sholto Kynoch. Michael's studies have been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK, the Leverhulme Trust, the Clumber Studio Trust and the Winifred Christie Trust.


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