Calendar of Events - 2018-2019

We have an amazing programme of events which we feel sure you will enjoy both participating in and also being an audience member. An eclectic mix of music and song, something for everyone.  New experiences, whilst also revisiting old favourites.

The Bar-Tones

The chorus meet in the Village Hall on Thursday evenings from 7.30-9.00 pm.

The 2018-19 season began on Thursday 13 September.

Our last meeting for the 2018/19 season will be Thursday 18 July


Annual General Meeting

There was a very good attendance for the Annual General Meeting held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 11 October.


The proceedings began with the presentation of bursaries, inspired by the memory of Pam Pryce, to students at Thomas Russell Junior School (TRJS) and John Taylor High School (JTHS). We were delighted to welcome Doug Pryce, Pam's son, to present this year's certificates.

We awarded six bursaries this year to two pupils from TRJS and four pupils from JTHS.  (Fuller details of these awards can be found on the Fundraising Page.

Charitable giving

Rachel Wolffsohn representing OHMI gave a short presentation on the work of the charity and was presented with a cheque for £1383.41 to purchase specified equipment. This made the total amount donated for 2018 as £2,588.91. The chairman also explained Barton Music Makers would like to continue to support this charity in the coming year.

The meeting continued with the Chairman's Report, the Treasurer's Report and also a short report from the Theatre trips sub-committee.  All were positively received.

Finally, the new website was presented and will be launched during the following week.

A copy of the minutes was circulated to the membership.



Barton Music Makers Summer Concert

The last concert for the 2018/2019 season will our Summer Concert on Saturday 13th July in Barton under Needwood Village Hall at 7.30 pm.

Not a variety show but a variety of performers

Our 2018/2019 Bursary winners will all perform with their own individual instruments.  It will be very interesting to see how they have progressed since last autumn, partly assisted by our bursary funding and of course their many hours of practice.

We will be entertained by a young musician supported by our charity for this year, OHMI. It is hoped that Rachel from OHMI will be able to bring with her an instrument especially commissioned by the funds we will be donating to them during the evening.

Also The Bar-Tones will bring the evening alive with a selection from their latest song list. 

A great night of entertainment for a summer’s evening.


The start of our season saw ....

Kelly McCusker


Saturday 22 September 2018
We were pleased to welcome back Geoff Noble, Kelly McCusker and Chip Bonham performing as "Substitute".  The talented trio appeared at a previous Folk Night but this time they provided a different style of music!   They describe their music as Pop Classics with Geoff playing guitars, Kelly the violin and Chip the piano and bass with them all performing brilliant vocals to make it an evening to remember.  The concert was held at Barton Village Hall at 7.30.  Tickets priced at £12 included a plated supper with a bar selling alcoholic and soft drinks.

Christmas Concert

Saturday  15 December  2018
We ended 2018 in a village hall festooned with poppies knitted by village people to decorate the village square on Remembrance Day and kindly leant to us by the Parish Council.  This year’s show focussed mainly on the Centenary of the Armistice in 1918, but also with a flavour of Christmas.  Themes around those in conflict and those at home were skilfully married in music, song and readings providing a distinctly thought provoking evening.  The audience were also treated to excellent instrumental performances from three of our Bursary winners.

The Bar-Tones concluded the show with a truly magnificent rendering of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.   A wonderful ending to a year of musical development and outstanding performance from everyone.  As one member said "How do we top that?"

Over £1,000 was raised for the Music Makers charity and bursaries fund.

Dave Naylor and Friends

Saturday 13 April 2019
Dave Naylor gave us a fantastic evening of folk, both traditional and others more recently composed.  He and his friends Geoff Noble and Tony Fowkes, together with The Brigands, our local sea shanty group of Michael Skinner, Nick Young and Ed Sharkey all entertained us with amazing music and song.  All were performed with enthusiasm and a wish to share their enjoyment of the folk genre.  The audience had a thoroughly good evening’s entertainment, especially relishing the opportunity to join in with in the choruses.  The concert included a delicious plated supper with the opportunity to purchase drinks at the licensed bar.


Theatre Visits

Here are details of the outstanding Theatre Visits we have made so far this year.

Taj Express

On Saturday 15 September we were transported to Bollywood to witness a spectacular new musical, bringing the kaleidoscopic colours of India onto the stage of the Birmingham Hippodrome direct from a sell-out London season. Rhythmically blending explosive dance with the hits of India's most iconic composers, Taj Express is brought to life by the stars of Bollywood cinema and its greatest musicians live on stage.

With fresh choreography and dazzling costumes Tai Express is the story of young composer Shankar and his struggles with his music. It's only when he begins to follow in the footsteps of his idol A. R. Rahman, composer of the music of the sensational Slumdog Millionaire, that he discovers his path to success in the world's most prolific film industry.

Spectacular Classics – CBSO and Chorus – Friday 10th November

This WAS a truly spectacular evening, wonderful music, fantastic singing all enhanced by light and outstanding sound effects. The programme included the Pearl Fishers, Blue Danube Walz, Nimrod, Bolero, Nessun Dorma and the ever popular Rule Britannia, with of course the waving of our national flag.   Strobe lights and lasers of many colours lit up the auditorium and the cannons and fireworks completed a wonderful performance of the 1812.  It was dynamic and exhilarating, we felt we had been on an amazing journey.


On Saturday 2 March we visited the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham to hear one of the great bands of the 1970s.  Even though only one of the original band members remain, these consummate professionals confirmed that the 10CC legacy was in safe hands.   All the greats were there with some unique renditions.   Great trip down memory lane and every bit as good as the first time round! The acapella version of Donna was excellent.  Another successful theatre visit.

Russian Philharmonic Orchestra of Nokvosibirsk

On Wednesday 22 May we travelled to Symphony Hall, Birmingham for a concert led by Thomas Sanderling.  A programme which included Mussorgsky’s vivid musical pictures  brought to life in Ravel’s celebrated orchestrations, Tchaikosky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, the Violin Concerto No 2 by Prokofiev and Capriccio espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Highlights from the show not to be forgotten – the virtuoso violinist played a piece as a tribute to those that died at the Manchester Arena (it was the 2nd anniversary that evening)  and very memorable the cymbals were amazing!!!!

It was pleasing to see an orchestra considered Siberia’s cultural gem, from Russia’s third most popular city but little known in the UK perform these pieces so outstandingly.

Then for something completely different - A tribute night at Conkers

On a very warm Saturday evening 1 June we ventured forth to The National Forest Activity Centre – Waterside Arena, Conkers – to an outdoor tribute night.  THE LIONEL RICHIE SONGBOOK PLUS FLEETWOOD MAC TRIBUTE took place in the covered arena to a very enthusiastic audience.

Fleetwood Bac who were the world's first and are regarded as the UKs most authentic Fleetwood Mac tribute show.  They certainly kept us well entertained with many familiar numbers and sparkling performances from the musicians.

Malcolm Pitt delivered a powerhouse and breath-taking performance as the iconic Lionel Richie, a thoroughly professional and entertaining evening. 


Live and Local

We aim to host two Live and Local events each season and the events we held this year are shown below.  Visit the website in Autumn 2019 to see what we have in store for you next season.

Our Performers for 2018/2019 

My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine in Concert

In November we were lucky enough to host Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish the acknowledged King and Queen of UK Country.  They held us engrossed in the world of 50’s-60’s country gold brilliantly evoking the spirit of the greats such as Johnny Cash, George Jones and Tammy Wynette.  An unexpected guest performance by their daughter Maud, already a talented musician, completed the programme.


Sam Lewis – Nashville singer-songwriter

Sam Lewis

We were proud to welcome Sam Lewis, our first international performer, all the way from Nashville, Tennessee.

A rising Nashville singer-songwriter with a storyteller's eye, Sam entertained us to an evening of phenomenal tumbleweed Americana with rich soulful vocals.  His brilliant guitar playing and country songs were very well received, bringing a new experience of 50s-60s country gold which evoked the spirits of such greats as Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette all the way from Nashville to Barton.

It was a terrific evening, one we will remember for a long time.

Please note
At all Live and Local events a bar selling alcoholic and soft drinks operates throughout the evening, you're welcome to bring your own snacks, but not drinks or glasses please as no glass is allowed in the hall and we provide approved plastic cups.