St Barnabas Proms – Wednesday August 5th 7.30 pm

Fenella Humphreys (violin)
Jonathan Bloxham (cello)
Robert Thompson (piano)

Haydn :Piano trio in G major Hob. XV/25 ’Gypsy’

Beethoven Piano trio in E flat Op 1 no 1


Brahms :Piano trio in B major Op 8

Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career combining chamber, solo and orchestral work. She has broadcast for the BBC, Classic FM, and German, Canadian, Australian and Korean radio and TV. Her first concerto recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra was released recently to great critical acclaim, including selection as ‘Orchestral Choice CD’ in a 5 star review in the BBC Music Magazine. Fenella is currently commissioning a new set of works for unaccompanied violin, to be recorded over the coming months. Konzertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, she also enjoys guest leading and directing. Fenella’s teachers have included Sidney Griller CBE, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ida Bieler and David Takeno, studying at the Purcell School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and in Düsseldorf graduating with the highest attainable marks.

Jonathan Bloxham studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music, where he won the RCM Cello Prize and the Guilhermina Suggia Gift.   In 2012 he gave his concerto debut at the Berlin Philharmonie as a soloist in Brahms’ Double Concerto. From 2010 – 2014 he was a member of The Busch Ensemble, an award-winning piano trio. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Bridgewater Hall Manchester, and has toured Japan and China. In 2010 he won the Weiz International Conducting Competition and has since then enjoyed a varied performing schedule of both instrumental and conducting engagements. Upcoming engagements include tours of China and Canada, as well as his conducting debut at Kings Place.

Robert Thompson was born in 1985 and studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with first class honours, and winning several awards including the Recital Prize and the Concerto Competition. In May 2010 he completed his Masters with Peter Frankl at Yale University in the USA. A gifted chamber musician, Robert was a member of the Rhodes Piano Trio who were selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2010. In July 2011 they won 2nd Prize in the 6th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.   He has performed widely as a concerto soloist in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Shostakovich, regularly taken part in the Lake District Summer Music Festival as Rising Star, and given recitals at venues and festivals across the UK including the Victoria Hall, Hanley and Bridgewater Hall Manchester. In addition to his performing schedule, he is Head of Piano at Bedford School.

 The sixth series of St Barnabas Summer Proms will be held from Monday July 27th to Friday August 7th 2015, with 6 concerts, ending with a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ Gala Concert on Friday August 7th.   The emphasis is on popular classics played by well-known musicians, providing perfect entertainment for summer evenings in Ealing.     Concerts are held ‘in the round’, with the piano and musicians in the centre of the nave, so everyone is reasonably close to the performers. We have a superb Bosendorfer concert grand, used by the BBC at Maida Vale studios for broadcasts, and a state-of-the-art projection system and big screen so that everyone can see the musicians at close quarters.

Admission for the Opera Gala is £15.   No tickets will be sold beforehand – just turn up ! The church is very large and admission is guaranteed to all events. There is ample free parking in nearby streets. All proceeds will go towards St Barnabas church funds. Thank you for your support.


Location : St Barnabas church’s address is Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG.  It is situated on the corner of Pitshanger Lane and Denison Road. Parking is readily available in neighbouring streets, with no parking restrictions.   The nearest tube station is Ealing Broadway (on the Central and District Lines). From Ealing Broadway, use the E2 or E9 bus services.  Taxis are also available outside the station. 

Enquiries to Dr Hugh Mather on 020 8997 7691,