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Thursday 3 October, 2019  7:30 pm

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


Timothy Orpen    clarinet


Victoria Simonsen    cello


John Reid    piano










Bruch    8 Pieces for clarinet, cello & piano, Op.83 (selection)


Beethoven    Cello Sonata No.4 in C, Op.102 No.1


Poulenc    Sonata for clarinet & piano


Brahms    Trio in A minor for clarinet, cello & piano, Op.114


Rota    Trio for clarinet, cello & piano



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Timothy Orpen is the principal clarinettist of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He is also a founder member and principal of the Aurora Orchestra. Prior to joining the Royal Opera Orchestra, Timothy spent 3 years as Principal Clarinet of the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

 Timothy has performed and broadcast concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Aurora Orchestra, with conductors including Sir David Willcocks, Nicholas Collon and Barry Wordsworth.

As a chamber musician Timothy has performed across the Far East, USA, Australia and Europe with artists including Lars Vogt, Anthony Marwood, Melvyn Tan and Pascal Roge. He has also collaborated with the Klezmer group She'koyokh and given many world premieres, including pieces written for him by Luke Styles, Graham Ross and Aaron Holloway-Nahum.

Timothy is a previous overall winner of the Royal Over-Seas League competition and has been featured many times as a soloist on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

After spending his early years in Australia he studied at the Royal Academy in London and the Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe, Germany. In his spare time, he has climbed 6000-metre mountains in the Andes and Himalayas.


London-based cellist Victoria Simonsen has been described by The Strad as 'a musician of rare quality' and 'beautifully sensitive and composed' by The Times.

 Victoria enjoys a varied musical life that incorporates solo, chamber music and orchestral work as well as recording film and television soundtracks. She also enjoys teaching and is a member of the cello faculty at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). In 2015 she was appointed cellist of the Rautio Piano Trio and their first CD together was released in 2018 on Resonus Classics.

A passionate chamber musician, Victoria has performed at festivals such as the IMS Prussia Cove, Manchester International, Kronberg Germany, Banff Canada, Chamber Music New Zealand and for six years she enjoyed notable success in the early Barbirolli String Quartet. Her chamber music performances have been broadcast on radio in UK, Germany and New Zealand and concerts have included Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room London. A highlight of 2016 was performing at the BBC Proms Chamber Music series in London as part of a twelve-cellist ensemble.

Victoria's solo performances have included Queen Elizabeth Hall, BBC Proms Composer Portrait, Leeds International Recital Series and Victoria Concert Hall Singapore. Whilst a student, her awards included winning the Royal Over-Seas League Strings Competition, NZ Young Musician of the Year, Johann-Andreas-Stein-Wettbewerb, Leonard Rose Prize, Barbirolli Cello Prize, the prestigious Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, an ESU Scholarship, as well as being selected as a Countess of Munster Recital Soloist and for a Purcell Room Solo Debut (Park Lane Group).

Victoria is former Principal Cellist with Opera North and has more recently given televised performances at the BBC Proms as Guest Principal of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has also guest led English National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and Irish Chamber Orchestra. From 2008 until 2017 she was a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra and toured throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America with some of the world's finest conductors and soloists. She gave frequent workshops and coaching as part of the Philharmonia's education department. In 2014 she was cello tutor for the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Victoria grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and her early love of music was encouraged by her concert-pianist mother. In 2002, having won the NZ Young Musician of the Year and performed concertos with all the major symphony orchestras, Victoria commenced her postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, England, supported generously by Creative NZ and the Patricia Pratt Scholarship. Victoria studied cello with Ralph Kirshbaum and Karine Georgian and composition with Anthony Gilbert, culminating with winning the Gold Medal and the Audience Prize. She later continued her studies as a string quartet fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and with Julius Berger at the Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum der Universitat Augsburg in Germany. Victoria gained further inspiration through masterclasses with renowned cellists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Anner Bylsma, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, Luis Claret, Philippe Muller, Johannes Goritzki, Colin Carr, Raphael Wallfisch and Jens Peter Maintz.

Victoria is exceptionally grateful to Miss Barbara Hilda Knapton, Mrs Kathleen Mary Cavill and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust for enabling her to acquire a cello by Giovanni Grancino, Milan 1687.


John Reid's career to date has shown him to be a pianist of notable versatility and range, with wide experience as an outstanding chamber musician, song accompanist, soloist and exponent of new music. Increasingly in demand as a teacher, he is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In November 2017, he made his concerto debut in Germany with the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck (Brahms No. 1) and he continues his collaboration with Aurora Orchestra, both as principal pianist and as a soloist in a series of the complete Mozart concertos at Kings Place in London. He also plays regularly with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Much in demand as a guest pianist with a number of other leading ensembles, he has performed recently with London Conchord Ensemble, Archangelo, London Haydn Project (Mozart concertos K.271, K.595 and K.453) and The Sixteen (a Schumann and Brahms series in London, Manchester and Bruges). He was invited to programme a concert series for the Britten centenary at Kings Place, which incorporated new works by Simon Holt, Jonathan Dove and Martin Suckling; and he has performed regularly in recent seasons at The Sage Gateshead, both as a guest of the Royal Northern Sinfonia chamber music programme and as a Samling Artist.

Over the course of fifteen years, John has partnered many of the UK's leading singers and instrumentalists. During the 2018-19 season, he begins a series of recitals with violinist John Crockatt, exploring Mozart and Beethoven sonatas on period instruments; he also works with countertenor Iestyn Davies, violinist Mathilde Milwidsky, mezzo-soprano Diana Moore and pianists Sam Armstrong and Andrew Matthews-Owen. A parallel interest in cross-arts collaboration has led to concerts with Poet in the City, the writer John Hegley, the flamenco dance group Dot Dot Dot (in the first performances of Los Nacimientos by Tom Randle at the 2017 Buxton Festival) and the artist Will Lindley.

Recordings include trumpeter Matilda Lloyd's debut recital album (Orchid Classics: 2018); Brahms Horn Trio and other repertoire with Etienne Cutajar and Carmine Lauri (released in April 2019 on Divine Art); trios with the Emanuel Ensemble (Champs Hill Records) and premiere recordings of music by Emily Hall (Befalling, and Life Cycle, both with Oliver Coates and Mara Carlyle), York Bowen (works for two pianos, with Michael Dussek for Dutton Epoch), Clifford Benson and Rhian Samuel. He has recorded numerous times for BBC Radio 3.

John Reid studied at Clare College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek. His teachers have also included Christine Croshaw, Malcolm Martineau and Rudolf Jansen. He was a recipient of the 2004 Gerald Moore Award and the 2003 Kathleen Ferrier and Maggie Teyte Pianist Prizes, and he is now an Associate of the RAM.




Wednesday 13 November, 2019  7:30 pm


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





Jessica Duchen    author/narrator


Fenella Humphreys    violin


Viv McLean    piano






Our popular concert-novel evenings continue with local author

 Jessica Duchen who returns to present her novel Odette - a modern

retelling of Swan Lake with a twist - enhanced with virtuosic

violin solos including Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Chopin, Liszt

 and Gershwin.



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Jessica Duchen was classical music correspondent for The Independent from 2004 to 2016, and has also written for The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Opera News and others.

 Her librettos for opera and choral works include Silver Birch for composer Roxanna Panufnik, commissioned by Garsington Opera and shortlisted for an International Opera Award in 2018. Current projects include a youth opera, again for Garsington, with composer Paul Fincham, and a choral piece with Roxanna for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop - both to be premiered in 2019.

Her novel, Ghost Variations (2016) is based on the true story of the Schumann Violin Concerto's rediscovery in the 1930s - involving 'spirit messages', Nazis and some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Her earlier novels focused on tensions and cross-currents between family generations. The next, Odette (December 2018), is a magical-realist fairy tale for the 21st century.

She often narrates concert versions of her novels. Ghost Variations ('highly moving' - Birmingham Post) launched in 2017-18, setting the story of the Schumann Concerto amid music associated with the novel's heroine, the Hungarian violinist Jelly d'Aranyi.

With violinist David Le Page and pianist Viv McLean, she has taken it to the Leicester International Music Festival, Kensington & Chelsea Music Society, Barnes Music Society, Burgh House Hampstead, Artrex Bromsgrove, St Mary's Perivale and Live at Zedel. It featured on London Live TV and BBC Radio 3's In Tune. Two other novel-concerts Hungarian Dances and Alicia's Gift (about a child prodigy pianist) have been presented at such venues as the Wigmore Hall, the Buxton Festival, the Kensington & Chelsea Music Society and the Chopin Society, London, among others.

Her first books were biographies of the composers Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Gabriel Faure. Her play, A Walk Through the End of Time, introducing Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, was commissioned by violinist Philippe Graffin for the Consonances Festival, Saint-Nazaire, in 2007 and won Medal of the Town of Saint-Nazaire. With the great tenor Robert Tear, she gave the UK premiere in 2008. Further performances included the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, the International Wimbledon Music Festival and the Ryedale Festival, with actors including Dame Harriet Walter, Janet Suzman, Michael Pennington, Guy Paul and Henry Goodman. Sins of the Fathers, about Wagner, Liszt and Cosima, was commissioned by the International Wimbledon Music Festival in 2013, and presented at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, starring John Sessions, Jeremy Child and Sarah Gabriel. Both plays also went to the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Queensland.

Speaking of the AFCM, in 2018 its artistic director, Kathryn Stott, commissioned Jessica to write and narrate a words&music show about Anna Magdalena Bach. It featured festival musicians including Roderick Williams, Siobhan Stagg, Guy Johnston and the Goldner String Quartet. 'Being Mrs Bach was a beautifully crafted retelling of the 'Bach' story with a lot of heart'.

Over the years Jessica has given pre-concert talks at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the Wigmore and the Royal Festival Hall. She writes a lot of programme notes. She has served on the juries of the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, BBC Music Magazine Awards and Classical:NEXT's Innovation Award. And she is honoured to be on the Ambache Charitable Trust's board, giving grants to organisations promoting the music of female composers.


Fenella Humphreys, winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, has won critical admiration and audience acclaim with the lyrical grace and intensity of her playing.


Described in the press as 'alluring', 'unforgettable' and 'a wonder', Fenella is one of the UK's most established and versatile violinists. She enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work, performing in prestigious venues around the world. She is frequently broadcast on the BBC, Classic FM, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, West-Deutsche-Rundfunk, ABC Classic FM (Australia) and Korean radio.


Fenella performs widely as a soloist. Her first concerto recording, of Christopher Wright's Violin Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Martin Yates (Dutton Epoch) was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim ('Fenella Humphreys' performance is a wonder' - International Record Review), and was selected as Orchestral CD of the Month in a 5 star review in BBC Music Magazine.


Over the past decade Fenella has captured international attention by applying spellbinding virtuosity to a strikingly broad range of compositions. Her Bach 2 the Future albums, the second of which won the coveted BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, combined newly commissioned works with two of Bach's solo sonatas and partitas and other repertoire landmarks. She has given the first performances of scores by, among others, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sally Beamish, Gordon Crosse, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Adrian Sutton and Piers Hellawell, and made the world premiere recording of Christopher Wright's elegiac Violin Concerto.


Fenella's most recent disc, Four Seasons Recomposed with Covent Garden Sinfonia and Ben Palmer (Rubicon), was released in June 2019. The album unites Max Richter's iconic Recomposed: The Four Seasons with Peteris Vasks' Lonely Angel and Arvo Part's Fratres to produce a compelling meditation on the profound power of melody. The disc was launched with a performance of Recomposed at Proms at St Jude's, and was placed at No. 6 in the Classical Charts. It was chosen as one of BBC Radio 3's pick of new releases on Essential Classics; chosen for Apple Music's Classical A-List; was Scala Radio's Album of the Week, and was been described by Radio 3's Record Review as '...a delight. The whole thing is gently expressive, meditative, touching and very effective.'


Fenella's previous disc, So Many Stars with acclaimed pianist Nicola Eimer, was released on Stone Records in February 2019. It was described as 'hugely rewarding' by The Observer; 'an absolutely exquisite album' by BBC Radio 3's Record Review, and was The Strad's Recommended Recording that month.


Fenella is a passionate chamber musician, enjoying performances with Ensemble Perpetuo, Counterpoise and I Musicanti as well as collaborations with artists including Alexander Baillie, Adrian Brendel, Pekka Kuusisto, Alec Frank-Gemmill and Martin Lovett, and is regularly invited by Steven Isserlis to take part in the prestigious Open Chamber Music at the International Musicians' Seminar, Prussia Cove. Concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, Fenella also enjoys guest leading and directing various ensembles in Europe.


Fenella's teachers have included Sidney Griller CBE, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ida Bieler and David Takeno at the Purcell School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Dusseldorf where she was awarded the highest attainable marks both for the 'Diplom' exam and the 'Konzertexamen' soloists' diploma.


Fenella plays a beautiful violin from the circle of Peter Guarneri of Venice, kindly on loan from Jonathan Sparey.


Winner of the First Prize at the Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has performed in all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. Viv's concerto work includes appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan, Orchestra of St John's, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of such conductors as Daniel Harding, Wayne Marshall, John Lubbock, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, Philip Hesketh, David Charles Abell, Stephen Bell, Carl Davis, Christopher George and Marvin Hamlisch. Recent concerto highlights include Mozart K467 with the ECO at the Royal Festival Hall, Grieg with the LPO at the Barbican, Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto with the RPO in Cambridge, Gershwin, Bernstein, de Falla and Ravel with the Halle at the Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead and other venues in the North of England, and Beethoven's 5th Concerto with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall. Viv has recently been on tour with the London Concert Orchestra where he played Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, St David's Hall Cardiff, Philharmonic Hall Liverpool and Leicester's De Montfort Hall.

 He has performed at numerous festivals including the Cheltenham International Festival, Buxton Festival, Music in the Round Festival and Harrogate International Festival in the UK, the International Beethoven Festival, the Mecklenburg Festival and the Kultur Kreis Festival in Germany, the Festival International de Musique Classique d'Aigues-Mortes, 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 from an early age with Ruth Nye and, after attending Chetham's School of Music, he went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne. At the Academy 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.

Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 since making his recital debut through the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum scheme and has also recorded for Classic FM, WDR Radio in Germany, Radio France, ABC Radio in Australia, NRK Radio in Norway and for the Sky Arts television channel. His commercial releases include recordings for such labels as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos, Nimbus, RPO Records and, most recently, a Gershwin album for ICSM Records and an album of pieces by regular chamber music partner David Le Page for Harmony & Imagination Records.




Friday 17 January, 2020  7:30 pm

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


Ariana Kashefi cello


Maksim Stsura piano









Beethoven    Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.5 No.2

Debussy    Cello Sonata

Faure    Apres un reve

Brahms    Cello Sonata No.2 in F, Op.99



Tickets now available for
Ariana Kashefi & Maksim Stsura

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Praised for her innate musicianship and captivating stage presence, British cellist Ariana Kashefi is in high demand as a chamber musician and soloist performing in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, Pierre Boulez Saal and Berlin Philharmonie.

 Ariana is a Park Lane Group Young Artist, as well as being the winner of the Making Music 'Awards for Young Concert Artists' (AYCA) and a finalist in the Royal Overseas League competition. Most recently she became a top prize winner in the International Rubinstein Competition held in Berlin, a City Music Foundation Artist, a recipient of a Villa Musica Scholarship and a finalist in the Pierre Fournier Award which took place at the Wigmore Hall in London.

Ariana was awarded the prestigious 'Julius Isserlis Scholarship' for instrumental studies abroad from the Royal Philharmonic Society which allowed her to study for her masters at the Hochschule fur Musik 'Hanns Eisler' in Berlin with professor Claudio Bohorquez. In Berlin she was chosen on two separate occasions to perform in the prestigious 'Excellence Concerts' for exceptional students and graduated with the highest possible mark for her final recital. After completing her masters, Ariana was hand picked by Maestro Barenboim to study at the prestigious Barenboim-Said Akademie where she received an artist diploma under the guidance of Frans Helmerson.

She began her studies with Robert Max at the Junior department of the Royal Academy of music where she won all available prizes and later completed her bachelors of music with first class honours at the Royal College of Music with Melissa Phelps as an Amaryllis Scholar. At the College she won the 'Anna Shuttleworth' cello prize in her first year and was named an 'RCM rising star' after performing Prokofiev concertino with the RCM symphony orchestra.

Recently she has appeared as a soloist live on BBC radio 3 'In Tune' performing a selection of works including excerpts from Poulenc's Cello sonata and a premiere of a new solo cello work by British composer Deborah Pritchard which was written and dedicated to her. As an orchestral player, Ariana has worked with the  London Symphony  and has been invited on several tours with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Ariana has also received invaluable guidance over the years from Steven Isserlis, David Geringas, Ralph Kirshbaum and Gary Hoffman.


Pianist Maksim Stsura won First Prizes at the 7th Estonian Piano Competition (2008), the Steinway-Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb in Germany (2004), the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000) and the Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition (2013). He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Maksim is in great demand, collaborating with Jakobstad Sinfonietta (Finland), Mediterranean Chamber Brass (Spain), Florin Ensemble (UK) and Wiener Kammersymphonie (Austria), among many others.


In 2014 he started his Doctoral course at the Royal College of Music, working towards his DMus. Maksim's research has been generously supported by a Neville Wathen Award, Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship and Mr Nigel Woolner MBE. His research titled 'Piano Transcription of a 21st-century Orchestral Score - 'Freedoms and Limitations' focuses on works by Mark-Anthony Turnage and James Dillon.


Since 2012 Maksim has been the pianist in the award-winning Foyle-Stsura Duo, having performed extensively in the UK and internationally in venues including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Wigmore Hall. He has played live on BBC Radio 3, NPO Radio 4 and Estonian Klassikaraadio and recorded for Delphian Records and Challenge Classics.




Thursday 13 February, 2020  7:30 pm

  Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13




Emma Abbate & Julian Perkins


piano duo














Mozart    Andante & 5 Variations in G, K.501

Clementi    Sonata in C for four hands, Op.3 No.1

Weber    8 Pieces, Op.60

Ravel    Ma mere l'oye

Dodgson    Tournament for twenty fingers

Greig    Norwegian Dances Op.35 Nos. 1 & 2



Tickets now available for
Emma Abbate & Julian Perkins
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The Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. She has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg (Schlosskonzerte Mirabell), Boston (Mozart Society of America), Lisbon, Naples, Ischia, and Poland, and at many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, St John's Smith Square, St George's, Bristol and at the Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.


Described as 'an amazingly talented pianist' by the leading Italian magazine Musica, Emma is releasing a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian vocal chamber music, the latest of which is the world-premiere Sera d'inverno: Songs by Ildebrando Pizzetti with the critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp for Resonus Classics. She has previously recorded the world-premiere disc of Shakespeare Sonnets by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the BBC New Generation Artist Ashley Riches also for Resonus Classics, and L'Infinito: a musical journey through 20th century Italian songs with the mezzo-soprano Kamelia Kader, including works by Respighi, Casella, Alfano and Malipiero.


Emma cultivates an active interest in historical keyboards, and has performed and recorded on a range of original instruments at Finchcocks, Hatchlands Park and the Russell Collection. Her latest release is the second volume of Mozart's complete piano duets on period instruments with Julian Perkins for Resonus Classics. This album is the first to be recorded on the newly-formed  Richard Burnett Heritage Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments. Their first volume was described by Early Music Review as 'exemplary'.


A keen advocate of contemporary music, Emma has also released two discs devoted to works by Stephen Dodgson for Toccata Classics: world-premiere recordings of his cello and piano music with Evva Mizerska, and his piano quintets with the Tippett Quartet. The quintets disc has been named a MusicWeb International Recording Of The Year 2017.


 Emma's discography also includes the world-premiere recording of works for cello and piano by the late-Romantic English composer Algernon Ashton with Evva Mizerska for Toccata Classics. The disc has been highly praised by critics and rated among the 'Best Finds of 2012' by Classical Lost and Found. Their previous CD - the world-premiere recording of complete works for cello and piano by the contemporary Polish composer Krzysztof Meyer - was placed by William Zagorski of the American magazine Fanfare in his 'Top 5' of all the CDs published worldwide in 2009.



Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, a staff coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and has taught at the Verbier Festival Academy. Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She completed her studies with Geoffrey Pratley as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she graduated with distinction. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples, and has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of her 'significant contribution' thus far to the music profession.



Described as 'exuberantly stylish' by the Sunday Times, Julian Perkins enjoys a demanding career as a conductor and keyboard player. He loves bringing his many experiences as a leading performer on period instruments to his work with singers, period instrument ensembles and modern orchestras, and is Artistic Director of Cambridge Handel Opera and Founder Director of Sounds Baroque.


Julian Perkins has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms. He has gained a wealth of experience performing with many prominent period instrument ensembles and modern orchestras including concerto appearances with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of The Sixteen and Florilegium. In addition to appearing as solo harpsichordist for productions at the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and Northern Ireland Opera, he has featured on the BBC Early Music Show and played at venues such as London's Wigmore Hall, New York's Lincoln Center and Sydney Opera House. An avid recitalist, Julian has broken new ground at over a dozen international festivals in giving concerts on the clavichord, with programmes that have included complete performances of J. S. Bach's two books of Das wohltemperierte Klavier.


 Recent trips to the US have included recitals for the Mozart Society of America and the Boston Clavichord Society. His various recordings have been described as 'monumental' (American Record Guide), 'a virtuoso showcase' (The Guardian) and 'exemplary' (MusicWeb International).


With Sounds Baroque, Julian has directed performances with singers including Rebecca Evans, Dame Emma Kirkby and Mark Padmore, and has conducted some eighteen Baroque projects with Southbank Sinfonia, in which modern string players experience performing earlier music with Baroque bows. Julian has conducted opera productions for organisations including the Buxton International Festival, Cambridge Handel Opera, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Kings Place, Netherlands Opera Academy, New Chamber Opera, New Kent Opera and Snape Maltings, in addition to numerous concert performances. Forthcoming conducting projects include John Eccles's Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music and Cambridge Handel Opera (to be recorded on AAM Records), and the world premiere recording of Stephen Dodgson's opera Margaret Catchpole for Naxos.


Julian read music at King's College, Cambridge, before pursuing advanced studies at the Schola Cantorum, Basle and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Research is an essential element in Julian's performing career, and he has written articles that have been published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Rhinegold Publishing. This also inspires his work as a visiting coach at the Royal Opera House, and masterclasses that he gives for the National Opera Studio, music colleges and universities both in the UK and abroad.




Saturday 7 March, 2020  12:00 noon


Velherad, 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9JP


Barnes Young Musician of the Year 2020 - Final

As part of the Barnes Music Festival 2020


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


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




Thursday 12 March, 2020  7:30 pm

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



Chian Wong    piano

With the Hill Quartet:

Bridget O'Donnell    violin

Katherine Roberts    violin

 Julia Doukakis    viola

Benjamin Michaels    cello


As part of the Barnes Music Festival 2020: 'Musical Journeys'










(* Please note changes to original programme)



* Suk    Meditation on an old Czech hymn St Wenceslas, Op.35a


* Ravel    String Quartet in F

Mozart    Rondo in A minor for piano, K.511

Ravel    Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit

Liszt    Piano Sonata in B minor




Tickets available from the Barnes Music Festival website here


(NOTE: Barnes Music Society Members just need to show their membership cards at the door)



Hong Kong-born pianist Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with the sincerity and authority of his playing. Recently he was awarded the prestigious 40th Grand Prix du Disque by the Franz Liszt Society in Budapest, Hungary, in recognition of his critically-acclaimed debut album Liszt Transfigured: Operatic Fantasies for Piano on LINN Records, which features Liszt's operatic transcriptions completed and edited by Chiyan himself.
Last year, Chiyan gave his recital debut at the Proms at St. Judes Festival in London, and was featured in a duo recital with the Chinese violist, Diyang Mei at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He also made his debut in China, together with performances of Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto. He has also appeared with Okko Kamu and Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto, with Edward Gardner at the Royal Academy of Music, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was immediately re-invited in the following season. In 2017, he returned to the Singapore International Piano Festival and was prizewinner at the International Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, consequently performing in a recital at the Salzburg Festival that was broadcast by the ORF.
Other 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, and he has also been invited to return to Singapore Symphony Orchestra with the Chinese conductor Zhang Xian for a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in the spring of 2021. Chiyan is currently preparing a recording of his arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations for LINN Records, after the edition by Busoni. 
Chiyan has received prizes at the International Piano Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine, the Premio Liszt in Parma, as well as the Hattori Foundation in London. He was recipient of the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and won First Prize at the Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition.
Chiyan began his piano studies in his hometown aged six with Grace Man. He moved to England to pursue his studies at the Chethams School of Music and Royal Northern College of Music under Norma Fisher. He has studied composition with Naji Hakim in Paris and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where he worked with Christopher Elton.

Please find more about Chiyan from this link.


The Hill Quartet is made up of four postgraduate students from the royal Academy of Music: Bridget O'Donnell (Australia), Kath Roberts (UK), Julia Doukakis (Australia) and Ben Michaels (UK). Newly formed in September 2018, the quartet were recently awarded the Royal Academy's Sir John Barbirolli prize in recognition of the achievements during their first year and are scholars of the Academy's ASSET scheme, a chamber music fast track course. They are mentored by John Myerscough, cellist of the Doric String Quartet, and have been coached by John Thorne, the Piatti String Quartet, Hartmut Rohde, and Levon Chilingirian.

 Following recent recitals at the Marylebone and Petworth Chamber Music Festivals, the quartet has enjoyed performances at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly Church and Hatfield House this autumn.  Their 2019/20 season with feature a varied recital series at the Royal Academy of Music, exploring lesser-known quartet works, and including a new jazz-influenced commission by composer Misha Mullov-Abbado.

Please find more about The Hill Quartet from this link.





Friday 24 April, 2020  7:30 pm

  Velherad, 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9JP



Please note this concert is sadly cancelled due to COVID-19. More details to follow about its potential future rescheduling


Trio Opal:

Eriko Nagayama    violin

Joel Siepmann    cello

Yi-Shing Cheng    piano






Haydn    Piano Trio in E flat, Hob.XV:29

Shostakovich    Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, Op.67

Beethoven    Piano Trio in B flat, Op.97 (Archduke)



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The prize-winning Trio Opal was founded in 2017 during each member's study at the Royal Academy of Music. They were nominated to represent the Royal Academy in the 2018 Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition in Birmingham, in which they were awarded first prize. They were also finalists in the inaugural Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival in November 2018. Recently, they have awarded the 3rd prize in the Trondheim International Chamber Music competition 2019 as well as the Kim Trio commission prize and the Audience prize, and are invited to be back to the Festival in 2020.


They have performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, the Ivor Gurney Hall in Gloucester, the Royal Academy of Music, St Mary's Perivale, St Barnabas Church, Ealing, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and many more in the U.K. In April 2018 and July 2019 they were invited to a tour to Ferrandou, France, where they performed a wide range of repertoire in three full evening concerts, organised by David Wilson-Johnson. In Summer 2019 they were also invited to the Lake District Summer Music Festival, Rye Arts Festival, Dartington International Summer School and live broadcast on the BBC radio 3 'In Tune'.


Their future engagements include concerts at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Birmingham Conservatory, St. Mary's Perivale, and the Barnes Music Society. In February 2020 Trio Opal will take part in the Chamber Music in Residence scheme of the Britten Pears Young Artist Program in Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh. Trio Opal received coaching from world-renowned professors violinist Gyorgy Pauk, cellist Christoph Richter and pianist Michael Dussek.


They also receive further coaching through the King's Place Chamber Studio with Alasdair Beatson and Christoph Richter. Each member's extensive performing experience has led them to win competitions, play in the top orchestras of London such as LPO, LSO and RPO, to perform on live radio and Wigmore Hall and more. After graduating, they were invited to be Cavatina-Trio-In-Residence as a fellow ensemble at the Royal Academy of Music and are continuing their work as Chamber Music Fellows in the academic year 2019/20.


Eriko plays a violin by Nicolo Gagliano, Naples, 1755 and Joel plays a cello by Giulio Degani, Venezia, 1906 kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.




Wednesday 20 May, 2020  7:30 pm


Velherad, 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9JP




Please note this concert is sadly cancelled due to COVID-19. More details to follow about its potential future rescheduling



Junko Kobayashi    piano











Mozart    Piano Sonata in B flat, K.333

Beethoven    Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Quasi una fantasia - Moonlight)

Chopin    Waltz in A minor, Op.34 No.2

Chopin    Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58



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Junko Kobayashi was born in Japan, and studied with Professors Takashi & Machiko Asahina. After graduating in music at the Folkwang Universitat der Kunste, Essen, Germany, she arrived in London to study with Maria Curcio, who had been a pupil of Schnabel, and with Louis Kentner.


She made a concerto debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in 1988. Since then, she has given recitals in the St John's Smith Square, the Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall, the David Josefovich Recital Hall in the Royal Academy of Music, the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, and elsewhere. She has toured all over the Great Britain and in four continents. As soloist she played with Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra, Polish Baltic Symphony Orchestra and others.


She has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and has appeared on WKAR TV in the USA, and ZDF TV in Germany. Her discography includes Nocturnes, two CDs of sonatas by Beethoven including the Appassionata and the Waldstein, and she released a Chopin CD in 2017.


In 1997, Junko co-founded the Takemitsu Society and was chair of the Takemitsu Society for fifteen years. She is included in 'Bridges: Anglo-Japanese Cultural Pioneers'; played a concert for The Japanese Women's Association in Great Britain at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan in 2014; and gave a recital at the invitation of the members of the Athenaeum Club in London in 2017.


In Autumn 2018 Junko played recitals in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, and in the David Josefovich Hall at the Royal Academy of Music. She produced and performed in a concert entitled 'TAKEMITSU 88' in September 2018 at the Warehouse, London, to celebrate Tour Takemitsu's 88th anniversary.