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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Thursday 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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Bartholomew LaFollette and Caroline Palmer





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.