The Reading Room is closed until further notice

There will be no Lunchtime music events until further notice.  The following events were already booked, but please do not assume that they will go ahead.  

Music events are held in the Reading Room coffee shop and bar once a month on Sundays.  There is no entry charge but donations in aid of The Barlow are most welcome.

The Reading Room is open from 10.30 am on Sunday morning so call in for your lunch, a drink or tea and cake and listen to the artists performing between 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm.  Check out the Reading Room menu  HERE.

5th April – The Pennine Quartet

The Pennine Quartet met through playing in Bolton Symphony Orchestra. Brought together by Robert Aston to perform a new work for piano quintet, they have been performing together for the past two years (here they are in action

The quartet features Matthew Chadbond and James Warburton (violins), Zoe Greenhalgh (viola) and Will Mace (cello).Matthew graduated from the RNCM last summer and is freelancing and auditioning for the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic. James is currently studying at the RNCM. The other two describe themselves as more mature.



10th May – Cotton Town Chronicles with Peter and Barbara Snape

‘Cotton Town Chronicles’ by Peter and Barbara Snape. An unusual, multi-media presentation that provides an interesting overview of Lancashire life during the age when cotton and coal were king. We are taken through some key moments of social history that provide the background for the songs featured.  Many of you will already know Peter and Barbara’s work on the folk scene, and they have played at the Barlow many times.





7th June – The Cassis Collective

The Cassis Collective is a guitar and violin duo (though sometimes swelling to a trio or quartet) that performs classic jazz songs with verve and sophistication. They are well known in the area, whether performing in small, intimate environments or at jazz festivals. Wherever they go, the room swings. It was The Cassis Collective that launched these Lunchtime Music events, and this will be their third appearance at The Barlow Reading Room.