Barnes Music Festival 2018

There are two exciting events taking place at St Michael’s next year during the Barnes Music Festival. Please find information below about the St Matthew’s Passion on the 11th March and an organ recital by our Director of Music Martin Neary on the 20th March. Tickets go on sale in mid-December.

St Matthew Passion Information 2018

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Organ recital details

Dr Martin Neary








Please note:

Parking around the church is extremely limited. Trains and TFL buses (209, 419) stop at Barnes Bridge Station, 200yds away.

Some side aisle seats have restricted views. Purchasers are advised to arrive early.

Bars will be open during the interval; ticket-holders may wish to bring a small picnic to sustain them between the two halves of this glorious work!


Community Meeting

There will be a community meeting on the 27th November in the Church Hall at 8pm, in order to reflect together on the results of the audit, the recent away day and next steps. More information to follow this week.

Bishop’s medal for St Michael’s organist

The Bishop of Southwark, Christopher Chessun, has chosen Martin Neary as the latest of barely a dozen recipients of the prestigious Lancelot Andrewes medal, for his services to music in the diocese.

The Bishop made the announcement on Sunday 24th September at a service celebrating both St Michael’s Day and 150 years of St Michael and All Angels, Barnes. Dr Neary, a former Organist and Master of the Choristers at both Westminster Abbey and Winchester Cathedral, is now Director of Music at St Michael’s.

The Bishop commissioned his special medal last year to reward ‘Godly service’.  Lancelot Andrewes was a bishop during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, and was a respected Anglican preacher, scholar and linguist: he oversaw the translation and production of the King James bible.

Away Day 2017

On Saturday 16th September the PCC went on its Annual Away Day to St Mary’s Convent in Chiswick to reflect on the nature of mission and thereby prepare the ground for a new project for the Church Hall. In the afternoon, we were joined by members of the local community and congregation and hall users to work together on reflecting on the needs of our parish. This summary of the day has been produced.

Correction and Clarification

Regarding the article ‘Saving St Michael’s Church Hall’ published September 2017:

St Michael’s wishes to look forward positively to a new project for the Church Hall, nevertheless a number of comments were made in the above named article that require correction and clarification.

The BCA takes no view on proposals for St Michael’s Church Hall and that the opinions expressed in the article where those of the author/Church Hall Action Group only. In addition, contrary to the comments in the article, it is important to note:

– The proposed dwelling on the site was not primarily made of glass: it used materials similar to those of neighbouring properties.

– The proposal was dismissed by the National Planning Inspectorate (following an appeal by St Michael’s church against non-determination by Richmond planners) and not by LBRuT, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

– The National Planning Inspector found, nonetheless, that the proposed church hall facilities for existing users were being adequately ‘re-provided’ and offered improved accommodation

These details are to be found in the Inspector’s report which can be read about on Richmond’s planning portal.

150th Anniversary

A highlight this Autumn will be the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the St Michael’s Church.  There is something for everyone with activities for children, older residents, splendid services, music, art, history and socialising, so please do come along and join in.  Full details of all the events and services can be found in the attached leaflet.  150th leaflet