St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Barbara Gentili - soprano and Stuart Whatton - piano

Friday, 6 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Barbara Gentili - soprano and Stuart Whatton - pianoBarbara Gentili - soprano and Stuart Whatton - piano

Tosti

      Le quattro canzoni d'Amaranta

      Lasciami! Lascia ch'io respiri

      L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

      Invan preghi

      Che dici o parola del Saggio?

Bennet

       A week of Birthdays

           Seven short pieces for piano

Cilea

      From Adriana Lecouvreur

           "Ecco, respiro appena"

Puccini

      From Gianni Schicchi 

           "O mio babbino caro"

 

Barbara Gentili began her piano studies at a very early age at the Conservatory of Terni where, subsequently, she got her Singing Diploma.  During her musical training, she also followed different educational paths, graduating in Law at the University of Perugia and obtaining the PGCE in Music at the University of Pavia.  In 2012, she finally received her Master Degree A Level in Singing at the Conservatory of Milan.  G. Verdi Singers and teachers, such as Angelo Mori, C. Allain Billard, Carlo Bergonzi, Bianca Maria Casoni, Patrizia Zanardi and Fiorenza Cedolins have supervised her vocal training throughout her formative process.

 

She debuted The Second Lady from The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart, Sailor from Dido and Aeneas by H. Purcell, Santuzza from Cavalleria Rusticana by P. Mascagni, Violetta from La traviata by G. Verdi, Suor Angelica in the opera of the same title by G. Puccini, the Portatore from L'eccezione e la regola by Brecht, Micaela from Carmen by Bizet, Nedda from I Paglicci by Leoncavallo, Tosca, Mimì from La Bohème and Cio Cio San from Madama Butterfly by Puccini: all performed in Theatres and Auditoriums such as the Theatre of Narni, the Theatre of Fiuggi, the Theatre S. Carlino in Brescia, the Theatre Dal Verme in Milan, the Auditorium G. Malher - Milan, the Auditorium Lattuada-Milan and the Verdi Hall in Milan.

 

She is a very recognised interpreter, constantly invited to participate in the concert series "Voci dal Mondo" organized by the Scuola Musicale in Milan, in numerous musical events held by opera circles in Bologna, Varese and Pavia to name a few.  Barbara has taken part in countless performances with Amici della Scala in Serbelloni Palace, Milan and at the Music International Academy of Milan.

 

Stuart Whatton's

Stuart Whatton's musical career began at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School and later took him to University College Oxford, where he was organ scholar from 1981 to 1984.  After 14 years in the Civil Service, including two years as Private Secretary to the Attorney General (his original degree having been law), he decided to follow his heart into music full-time, and this led to a B.Mus with 1st class honours from King's College London, where he also won the Purcell Prize.  Following PGCE studies at Cambridge, Stuart has pursued a teaching career for much of the past decade, running a variety of school music departments in Dorset, Essex and Scotland

 

Stuart has over the years been Assistant Organist to the Parish of Waterloo, Organist of the Ealing-based Questors Choir, and Director of Music at St Matthew's Church, Southwark.  His varied performing career has included appearing in a jazz piano sketch on Channel 4's Banzai!  and accompanying an international youth choir at a plenary session of the United Nations in Geneva. Two summers ago he also performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, as part of Danny Boyle's 'cast of thousands'.

 

A Fellow of both the Royal College of Organists and the Royal Society of Arts, Stuart is currently Director of Music at Esher Parish Church in Surrey, and artistic director of its cultural outreach programme Music on the Green.  He is Associate Organist of St George the Martyr Church in Holborn and also helps to run one of the leading concert societies in the City of London, based at the Wren church of St Mary-at-Hill near Monument.  Since June last year he has been the acting Administrator of Sion College, a historic guild for Anglican clergy whose Fleet Street headquarters is just up the road from St Bride's.  In his spare time, Stuart sings with the Chapel Choir at Guy's Hospital and plays tenor sax in the London Saxophone Choir.