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January 23, 2015

Barnes Music Festivals; Magna Carta and the Arts

The Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee has awarded a grant of £5,000 for the Barnes Magna Carta Festivals in 2015. These two festivals, the Barnes Music Festival in March and the St Mary’s Magna Carta Festival in May, mark the 800th anniversary of the visit of Archbishop Stephen Langton to Barnes on his return from the Magna Carta sealing at Runnymede to consecrate St Mary’s Church Barnes.

The Barnes Music Festival from 14 to 29 March 2015 has the theme “Magna Carta, Music and Freedom”.  It brings together local musicians with internationally-recognised artists and includes orchestral, instrumental, choral and jazz music. There will be both medieval music and a wide variety of genres which interpret the legacy of Magna Carta on musical freedom and artistic expression.  It is organised jointly by community organisations The Friends of St Mary’s Barnes, Barnes Community Association, Barnes Music Society and Barnes Choir. There are 21 events planned over the fortnight at seven locations in Barnes, centred on St Mary’s.

The St Mary’s Barnes Magna Carta Festival from 19 to 24 May 2015 will feature spectacular flower displays, embroidery exhibitions, a history display, lectures and a workshop. It is organised by St Mary’s Barnes in conjunction with the Barnes Community Association and will have active involvement from local schools and other community groups including Churches Together in Barnes.


For more information contact [email protected]



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