St Barnabas Proms – Friday August 7th 7.30 pm

Gala Concert

This extravagant concert is definitely the musical event of the year in Ealing !  We have a team of stunning world-class soloists playing or singing showpiece virtuoso works, and then we finish with all the traditional Proms favourites.   Admission will be £20 (£10 for young people).  NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD BEFOREHAND – JUST TURN UP.  The church is very large and admission is guaranteed. There is ample free parking in nearby streets.  All proceeds will go towards St Barnabas church funds.   Thank you for your support.

Please save your voice for ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘Jerusalem’ !   You will enjoy hearing our glorious organ – the best for miles around – accompanying your singing.    Watch highlights of last year’s gala on  to get the flavour of this unique evening.  If the weather is fine, you may like to come early, dressed in your smart clothes, and enjoy a Glyndebourne-style picnic on the church lawn.

Programme :

Briccialdi : ‘Rigoletto’ Fantasy Op 106
Alena Lugovkina (flute)

Rachmaninov : Vocalise
Kreisler : Tambourin Chinois
Fenella Humphreys (violin)

Bartok : Romanian Dances
Kimon Parry (clarinet)

Paganini :Variations on one string on a theme by Rossini
Victoria Simonsen (cello)

Mozart : Horn Concerto no 4 K495 – Rondo
Jonathan Quaintrell-Evans (horn)

Gounod : ‘Salut ! Demeure chaste et pure’ from Faust
Massenet : ‘O ma bien aimee’ from Le Roi de Lahore
Anando Mukerjee (tenor)


Ayres : Toccata on ‘All you need is love’
Paul Ayres (organ)

Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue (solo version)
Viv McLean (piano)

Elgar : Pomp & Circumstance March no 1 in D major
Gamal Khamis & Viv McLean (piano duet)
Hugh Mather (organ) Paul Ayres (conductor)

Traditional arr. Hazel Baker :Fantasia on Sea Songs
Samuel Queen (baritone)
Ensemble : Soloists &
Liz Sharma (oboe), Gary Walker (bassoon), Giovanni Re (trumpet),
Conducted by Paul Ayres

 Parry : Jerusalem
Organ : Hugh Mather  Conductor : Paul Ayres

Accompanists :
Gamal Khamis, Viv McLean & Hugh Mather

 We acknowledge the generous sponsorship of Pitshanger Community Association of this Gala Concert.


Photographs by David Park.  Lighting by Andrew Dixon.

Location : St Barnabas church is on the corner of Pitshanger Lane and Denison Road, in North Ealing. Its postcode is W5 1QG. Parking is always available on neighbouring streets, and there are no meters or residential parking schemes. 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.

Soloists biographies :

Alena Lugovkina (flute) was born in Moscow and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music. She won 1st Prize at the RAM competition “J&J Brough Prize”, as well as 1st Prize at the 13th International Flute Competition “Friedrich Kuhlau” in Germany and 1st Prize at the British Flute Society’s Competitions.

Fenella Humphreys (violin) is one of the most distinctive performers of her generation, as a chamber musician and soloist, and as concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie. She studied with Sidney Griller, and later with Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ida Bieler and David Takeno. She was brought up in Ealing, led Ealing Youth Orchestra and has been a supporter of concerts at St Mary’s Perivale and St Barnabas for many years.

Kimon Parry (clarinet) graduated from the Royal College of Music with First Class honours, and subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2011 he won the Clarinet & Saxophone Society (CASS)’s solo competition, and in 2012 he was awarded Recommended Artist status under Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award scheme. He has played in several leading orchestras including the Philharmonia.

Victoria Simonsen (cello) was born in New Zealand in 1983. She won the New Zealand Young Musician of the Year, and moved to the UK in 2002 to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she won their Gold Medal. She won the Royal Over-Seas League Strings Competition, as well as the Barbirolli Cello Prize and the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.  She now has a busy recital career.

Jonathan Quaintrell-Evans (horn) was born in Wiltshire in 1992, studied at Wells Cathedral School and is now a postgraduate student at the Guildhall School. He is the Winner of the Lions UK & Ireland Musician of the Year 2014, and has already played with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the London Symphony Orchestra on several occasions, and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Anando Mukerjee (tenor) read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, before starting his singing career. From 2002 onwards he has appeared in opera, concert, recital and oratorio throughout the UK and Europe. He is India’s leading lyric tenor, and has sung many principal roles in operas by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and others. He also has a large oratorio repertoire. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2007.

Paul Ayres (organ) was born in London in 1970 and was organ scholar of Merton College, graduating with a first-class honours, and gaining the FRCO diploma with several prizes. He was Director of Music at St Peter’s Church Ealing from 1992 to 1998. He now works as a freelance organist, composer and choral conductor. He has given many solo recitals in prestigious venues around the UK and throughout the world.

Viv McLean (piano) , the winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona , has performed at all the major venues in the UK, and with most of the leading UK orchestras. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition. Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 and recorded for Sony Classical and Naxos.

Samuel Queen (baritone) was a choral scholar at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, and studied on the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and at the Royal Academy Opera, where he won the Sir Thomas Armstong Prize, the Blyth-Buesst Prize for an operatic aria and the Major Van Someren Prize for English Song.