Barnes Music Festival, 9th-24th March

The BMF returns with the theme ‘Legends’ – celebrating legendary music and legends of Barnes as well as music about legends. As ever, St Michael’s will be hosting a number of events, with the full programme available on the BMF website. Events at St Michael’s are:

Sunday 10th March. 8pm Holst Singers, conducted by Stephen Layton, showcase the works of Barnes’ composers, as well as students mentored by the legendary Gustav Holst. Bar opens at 7.30pm. Book here.

Sunday 17th March. 10am Sung Mass with Ibstock Place School’s talented Schola Cantorum.

Sunday 17th March. 7.30pm Purcell King Arthur. Sung by our own Parish Choir with professional soloists and St Michael’s Baroque orchestra, conducted by our Director of Music, Laurence Williams. Bar opens at 7.00pm. Book here.

Arthur, King of the Britons, and Oswald, Saxon King of Kent, are rivals for the hand of the beautiful, blind daughter of the Duke of Cornwall, the fair Emmeline. In the company of The Fairy-Queen, Purcell’s King Arthur stands at the pinnacle, and culmination, of the “dramatik opera”.

The choir of St Michael’s and the Barnes Children’s Choir are joined by soloists, Anna-Luise Wagner, Angela Hick, Ashley Stafford, Tom Robson and Jonathan Brown, as well as St Michael’s Baroque Orchestra.

Laurence Williams conducts this lively frolic of a dramatic opera which, during Purcell’s lifetime, became his most successful stage work. 

Wednesday 20th March. 1pm Baritone & Organ Recital. Our Director of Music, Laurence Williams, and organist, Jeremy Cole, present Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Bible Songs” (Op. 113), interspersed with organ music composed by his students. Book here.

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