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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enquiries about the Society and Membership to
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2018 7:30 pm
39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9JP
In the Mists (V mlhach)
Humoreske in B flat, Op.20
4 Czech Love Songs:
Pisen lasky (Love Song),
Poeme from Moods, Impressions and Souvenirs, Op.41, Bk.4, No.14
Listek odvanuty (A blown
away leaf) from On an Overgrown Path
Sonata No.7 (Little Song
of Love and Mercy)
Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor, Op.31 & Ballade No.4 in F minor,
is established as one of Britain’s leading pianists, enjoying a
career that has taken him to over 40 different countries. His
performing life consists of solo recitals, concerto
performances, guest appearances with chamber ensembles and
instrumentalists. In 1983 he founded the Schubert Ensemble, with
which he has performed for the full 35 years of the Ensemble’s
existence (it will retire in June 2018). Winner of the 1998
Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble, the
Schubert Ensemble has earned a worldwide reputation as one of
the finest piano and string ensembles, as well as setting up
several ground-breaking educational projects and commissioning
50 concert works.
William Howard’s solo career has taken him to many of Britain’s
most important festivals, including Bath, Brighton and
Cheltenham, and he has been artist in residence at several
others. He has performed many times at Wigmore Hall, the South
Bank and at Kings Place in London and has broadcast regularly
for BBC Radio 3. For many years he has been invited to perform
and teach at the Dartington International Summer School.
As soloist and chamber musician he can be heard on over 40 CDs,
released by Chandos, Hyperion, ASV, NMC, Collins Classics, Black
Box, Champs Hill, Nimbus and Orchid Classics. His recording of
Dvořák Piano Works was selected in the Gramophone Critics’
Choice, and his recording of Fibich’s Moods, Impressions and
Souvenirs won a Diapason D’Or award in France. His 2011
recording of Pavel Zemek Novák’s extraordinary 75-minute cycle
of 24 Preludes and Fugues, described by David Matthews as “one
of the finest piano works of our time” received a double
five-star review in the BBC Music Magazine.
most recent album Sixteen Love Songs, released in June
2016 on Orchid Classics, was selected as 'Drive Discovery of the
Week' on Classic FM.
He is passionate about 19th century piano repertoire, especially
Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Fauré. He also has a strong
interest in Czech piano music and has been particularly
acclaimed for his performance of Janáček, for which he received
a medal from the Czech Minister of Culture in 1986. He has
commissioned new works throughout his professional career and
has been involved in premieres of over 100 new works. Many
leading composers have written several works for him over
decades, including Piers Hellawell, David Matthews, Pavel Zemek
Novák, Anthony Powers, Howard Skempton and Judith Weir.
2016 he launched a project to commission love songs for solo
piano from leading composers in the UK and abroad. He also set
up an international composing competition for writing piano love
songs that attracted over 500 entries from 61 countries. His
next album Sixteen Contemporary Love Songs will be
released on Orchid Classics in June 2018.