St Matthew Passion Concert

St Matthew Passion, J S Bach – Sunday 11 March at 6.00pm

St Michael’s church will be the setting for another splendid concert in the Barnes Music Festival programme 2018, whose theme is Peace and Harmonies.

Sponsored by Friends of the English Chamber Singers

Robert Murray Evangelist
Laurence Williams Jesus
Colette Boushell soprano
Elspeth Marrow contralto
Magnus Walker tenor
Michael Ronan bass
English Chamber Singers
St Michael’s Choir
Tiffin Boys’ Choir
Barnes Period Instrumentalists
Martin Neary conductor

Doors open 5.15pm
Interval 7.15pm – 8.00pm
Finish 9.30pm

Ticket prices  £40, £30, £20, £15

On sale at, in person at Chesterton’s Barnes and East Sheen, by post using the booking form at the back of the church, or in person at St Michael’s Parish Office.

Bach’s St Matthew Passion is one of Western music’s greatest masterpieces.  Composed in 1727 for the Good Friday services in the work recounts the dramatic events leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion, as well as offering, through the chorales and arias, moments of beauty, peace and contemplation.  The Passion is written for solo voices, double choir, double orchestra and a children’s choir, and this performance, using period instruments, aims to recreate as closely as possible the sounds for which Bach was writing.

Photograph by Philip Bovey




Martin Neary Lunchtime Organ Recital

Barnes-Music-Festival-v2-LR1-e1356267987650martin 3Tuesday 20th March 2017, 1pm-2pm

Martin Neary, the former Organist of Westminster Abbey, offers another wonderful programme designed to show off the resources of the splendidly refurbished organ at St Michael’s.

He opens with Bach’s sublime Prelude and Fugue in B minor, followed by two contrasting chorale preludes by Bach. He then moves to the French romantic era to play César Franck’s lyrical Pastorale and the quiet, reflective Chant de Paix by the blind French organist, Jean Langlais. The recital ends with Felix Mendelssohn’s melodious and virtuosic first organ sonata.

Tickets cost £10 and may be purchased online at Barnes Music Festival.
In person at Chesterton Estate Agents Barnes and East Sheen offices.
Tickets may also be purchased on the door.

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.