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 17 May 2018

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


Akiko Ono violin


 Bartholomew Lafollette    cello

Anthony Hewitt    piano


Masami Suzuki    soprano


Welcome and Drinks: 7:00 pm

Concert Starts: 7:30 pm










W.A. Mozart    Piano Trio in B flat major KV502

J. Canteloube    Baïlèro

C. Debussy    Romance

W.A. Mozart    Aria Deh Vieni Non Tardar

F. Lehar    Vilja Song (from the Merry Widow)

J. Halvorsen    Passacaglia (after Handel) for Violin & Cello

G. Bizet (arr. Hubay)    Carmen Fantasy



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Akiko Ono launched her successful career after winning numerous prizes in prestigious competitions such as The Yehudi Menuhin, Queen Elizabeth, Szigeti, Paganini and the Forval-Scholarship Stradivarius Competitions.

Since then she has performed throughout Europe, the Middle East, the US, Central America, North Africa and East Asia with orchestras including the Belgian National Orchestra, Lille National Orchestra, London Mozart Players, London Chamber Orchestra, Weimar Staatskapelle, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Polish Radio Amadeus Chamber Orchestra in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Carnegie Hall and Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall.

Akiko made her debut with Yehudi Menuhin and the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra at the UNCEF Gala Concert in Germany in 1998. In the same year she was invited by Vanessa Redgrave to perform at the UN Headquarter in New York to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 'Universal Declaration of Human Rights'.

A keen chamber musician, Akiko is also invited as guest concertmaster by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Nederlands Symphonieorkest, and Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, HPAC Orchestra and Orpheus Sinfonia.

Akiko sets great value in outreach activities and other educational projects. She is one of the appointed artists of the Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities since 2006, and has released a highly acclaimed CD with composer/pianist Ichiro Nodaira.

Born in Tokyo, Akiko moved to UK when she was 12 to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where is is now a principal instructor. She later moved to the University of Music and Performing Arts under Prof. Dora Schwarzberg and Prof. Michael Frischenschlager in Vienna.