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‘Phenomenal performers’ at High Barnet music festival

The second High Barnet Chamber Music Festival starts on Saturday
By Rhian Morgan

Anita Monserrat performing at last year’s festival

The High Barnet Chamber Music Festival opens its second season this weekend, with a concert at St John’s Church, with the New London Orchestra on Saturday July 2.

“We have some truly phenomenal performers” says artistic director Josh Balance.  “From a charity concert for Ukraine, at QE Boys, an orchestral concert and three intimate chamber recitals, there’s something here for everyone with the leading lights of the new generation of young professional musicians.”

He added “It’s a programme which juxtaposes familiar favourites with less well-known but equally fantastic music with repertoire from over two centuries.

“Watch our short trailer at and you’ll see High Barnet in a new light!”

The Festival was founded a year ago, to provide high quality classical music performance and education in North London and Hertfordshire, with all performances in walking distance of High Barnet tube.

The sell-out first season attracted funding from Arts Council England and individual donors, as well as the Cavatina Trust, which gives free tickets to under-25s.

The Festival also offers music education opportunities and a volunteering programme for A level music students, including masterclasses and work experience in arts administration.

The charity showcase concert at QE Boys features the school’s staff and students and offers the audience a chance to see the school’s newly built Friends Recital Hall.

The Festival was given a further boost this week, when the internationally renowned baritone Roderick Williams OBE (pictured above), who was brought up in Barnet, agreed to become its patron.

He tweeted “”Hooray! Absolutely tickled cerise to be patron of this festival in my birth town. What a joy! Barnet Parish Church the scene of so many formative experiences of my youth. Can’t wait to visit future festivals. Get in!”

This year’s concerts are as follows:

2nd July

7.30pm at St John the Baptist Church

the New London Orchestra

with French Horn player Annemarie Federle & tenor Brenton Spiteri

music by Ailsa Dixon, Britten, and Schoenberg

9th July

7.30pm at St John the Baptist Church

the Echéa Quartet

music by Lutyens, Bartók, and Felix Mendelssohn

13th July

6.30pm at The Friends’ Recital Hall at QE

Charity Showcase Concert to support the victims of the war in Ukraine

15th July

6.30pm at The Friends’ Recital Hall at QE

the ensemble Mad Song

music by Mazzoli, Saariaho, Tower, Causton, Monk Feldman, and Reich

17th July

3pm at The Friends’ Recital Hall at QE

cellist Ben Tarlton & pianist Robin Green

music by Beethoven, Nadia Boulanger, and Rachmaninoff

Refreshments are available at all concerts.

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8–25s receive discounted tickets for all our concerts, including free entry to three of them!

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