It would be impossible to overestimate the influence that the Barnes Books had on my entire family. Julia (violin) and Rory (piano) performed countless tunes from the first two volumes over the years, which are still staples of our music-making.

I've played dozens of Barnes tunes in such varied settings as church service and Shakespeare festival music (and of course ECD events). I will also never forget Kate's kindness to both Julia and Rory during several Early Music Weeks at Pinewoods.

Congratulations, Kate, on your Lifetime Contribution Award, which is very richly deserved. Next: an honorary doctorate at Moravian!

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