5 – 20 March
Handel and the Composers of Barnes
This year’s Festival, which has a packed programme of more than 25 events, opens with a concert by two of Barnes’s great contemporary composers – Howard Goodall and Roxanna Panufnik.
Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem has been performed over 400 times internationally, with its Carnegie Hall debut later this year. Goodall says the music ‘flooded into my head in a great rush. It is especially significant for me that Eternal Light should be performed as part of the Barnes Music Festival here in Barnes, where my family and I live.’
Roxanna Panufnik’s The Audience, was written to celebrate the Endellion String Quartet’s 30th anniversary, with poet Wendy Copy writing accompanying narrated poems about different types of audience members. Says Roxanna: ‘The Drinker was the hardest to writer without employing too many inebriate musical clichés. I hope I’ve created an unsteady demeanour and anticipatory dreams of pouring wine…’
Other highlights include Come & Sing Handel’s Messiah with Daniel Turner, the Festival’s Artistic and Music Director (6 Mar), English Chamber Choir: Handel Dixit Dominus (9 Mar), St Paul’s School Jazz Bands (13 Mar), and the Barnes Blues Band (20 Mar). There will also be a special reading by Alistair McGowan, Charlotte Page and Patricia Hodge – Coward & Co – on 14 March.
Events are being hosted at venues across Barnes, including St Mary’s Church, St Michael’s, the OSO Arts Centre, Olympic Studios cinema and The Bull’s Head pub.
You can find out about more events and tickets at barnesmusicfestival.com.