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.