Barnes Musical Festival: Musical Journeys

St Michael’s church will be the setting for another splendid concert and organ recital in the 2020 Barnes Music Festival programme: Musical Journeys.

Bach Mass in B minor – Sunday 8th March

Sponsored by Friends of the English Chamber Singers

Doors and bar open: 6.30pm
Concert starts: 7.00pm
Finish: 9.30pm
20 mins interval

Ticket prices: £40, £30, £20, £15

After memorable performances in previous Barnes Music Festivals of Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions, and in 2019 of the Magnificat, the English Chamber Singers and St Michael’s Choir with the Barnes Period Instrumentalists take on arguably the most demanding of all Bach’s choral masterpieces.  The Mass in B minor is not only one of Bach’s greatest works, but can also be perceived as an amazing musical and theological journey on the part of the composer.  From the unforgettable solemnity of the opening Kyrie to the final jubilant resolution of Dona nobis pacem, Bach’s genius is apparent throughout.  He takes us on an extraordinary voyage, which stretches the boundaries of even his creative powers.  In the Credo, the sublime, mysterious sequence in the closing bars of the Crucifixus still feels revolutionary over 250 years after it was written.  The Mass does indeed belong, to quote Karl Geiringer, to the “immortal documents of humanity’s quest for the eternal truths”.

Colette Boushell soprano
Elspeth Marrow mezzo-soprano
William Blake tenor
Laurence Williams bass

English Chamber Singers
St Michael’s Church Choir
Barnes Period Instrumentalists
Alison Bury leader
Martin Neary conductor

Organ Recital by Philip Berg – Tuesday 17th March

Tickets £10 (unallocated)

Doors and bar open: 12.30pm
Recital: 1-2pm

Philip Berg MVO, is Master of the Music at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, and until recently was Director of Music at St Paul’s Juniors, and Organist, St Paul’s School.

This recital calls to mind Bach’s 200-mile walk to hear Buxtehude play the organ, and his ‘mental journey’ in incorporating Italian influences in one of his most impressive pieces for the instrument.  In addition we will hear Debussy’s impressions of sailing, two of Reuchsel’s walks in Provence, Messiaen’s evocation of the nativity shepherds, the steady tread of a funeral cortège, and Parry’s mighty Toccata and Fugue – ‘The Wanderer’.

Toccata, Adagio and Fugue Bach
Ciacona in E minor Buxtehude
Les Bergers Messiaen
Cortège et Litanie Dupré, Dubssy, arr
En Bateau Roques
Images de Provence Reuchsel
Toccata and Fugue (The Wanderer) Parry

Tickets on sale at Barnes Music Festival, in person at Chesterton’s Estate Agent Barnes & East Sheen or St Michael’s Parish Office, via email at or by post using the booking form at the back of the church.

St Michael’s Christmas Cards

We have produced a beautiful Christmas card with an image of the Adoring Angel from one of the windows in the Lady Chapel.  Packs of 6 for £5 and 15 for £10! Available after 10am Sunday Mass or from the Parish Office, whilst stocks last.

Photograph: Judy Totton

Church Hall Community Open Evening – 4th November

Monday 4th November from 8-9.30pm

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Since we last communicated with you about the Church Hall project we’ve been approaching a range of firms who might be able to fulfil the brief that arose out of our earlier public consultation with you.  This has taken rather longer than we expected.  However, we are pleased to say that we have received attractive designs from a company that do seem to suit all the stated needs and aims, and we’d like to share these with you for your reflections and feedback.

To begin that process we’d like to invite you to a Community Open Evening in the Church Hall on Monday 4th November from 8-9.30pm. Members of PCC will be present, and we hope to have with us a representative from the company, along with some images and further information about what the next stages might look like. As on the previous occasion, refreshments will be provided, and the style is informal, enabling you to come and go at any point during the evening.

We’d like to stress that this isn’t the only chance to see and comment on these initial designs.  We intend to have them on display in the church, and possibly also the Church Hall itself for some time afterwards.  A feedback form will be provided that can be picked up at the Open Evening, in church, or downloaded from the website.

We do hope you will be able to take part in this next stage of consultation and we look forward to providing a wonderful new facility for our parish and wider community.

With best wishes and prayers,

Father Stephen, Vicar
On behalf of the Wardens and PCC of Saint Michael & All Angels, Barnes.

First choral scholar has been appointed

Kerensa Briggs, the first choral scholar appointed at St Michael & All Angels says her love of sacred music emanated from her choral background, singing as a soprano in the Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir and later in the Choirs of Trinity College Cambridge and King’s College London, where she held a choral scholarship and undertook an MMus in Composition. Kerensa currently works in the music department at Godolphin and Latymer school.

As an award-winning composer, her music has been performed internationally in venues such as St

Paul’s Cathedral and the Sistine Chapel and recorded for CD and for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland by ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars and the choirs of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester Cathedrals.

Vision Card feedback

Vision Card 2019 In preparation for our PCC Away Day on 21st September, Fr Stephen would like to give the congregation a chance to write some comments for the PCC to take into account as they consider St Michael’s new Mission Action Plan.

Please return comments via the card to the Vicarage or Parish Office (email to no later than Wednesday 18th September.

Are You A Piano Player?

If so, we need your help playing for the 11.30am Family Service on some Sunday mornings.  It’s a good chance to dig out old music and enjoy playing it again as well as a few hymns.  Please let the Parish Office know if you, or anyone you know, could help us out.

Tel: 020 8876 5230 or email

General Data Protection Regulation

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018, superseding the Data Protection Act 1998.

Organisations will no longer be at liberty to contact people on their mailing list with circulars, appeals or general information, without their explicit consent.

Read our Privacy Notice by clicking on the link setting out your rights and our obligations (see SUMMARY below).

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