St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Anita D'Attellis - pianist

Friday, 19 June at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Anita D'Attellis - pianist

Chopin

      Waltz in C sharp minor, op. 64, no. 2

      Nocturne in D flat, op. 27, no. 2

      Nocturne in C minor, op. 48

      Ballade no. 3 in A flat, op. 47

Schumann/ Liszt

      Widmung

Gershwin

      Rhapsody in Blue

Anita D'Attellis read music at the University of Birmingham, while studying piano at the Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with first class honours and winning the Arnold Goldsborough Prize for her final solo recital.  She was also awarded the Barber Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where she specialised in accompaniment.  Since her formative years, she has had a keen interest in Chamber music, winning national competitions which led to performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Purcell Room and St. John's, Smith Square.  

Anita has performed extensively as a solo pianist and accompanist, with recitals at the Cheltenham and Brighton International Festivals, Snape Maltings, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.  She has received rave reviews on Phonic FM for her playing of Rautavaara. Her solo CD, entitled "Lux," is an eclectic collection of Romantic and Modern repertoire.  In March, she will be performing the Shostakovich Piano Concerto no. 2 in Dorchester Abbey.

A versatile accompanist, Anita has played for many instrumentalists, opera singers and choirs; she has toured in Europe with children's choirs, played for masterclasses for the European Opera Centre and performed extensively with Welsh male voice choirs, as well as accompanying many traditional choral societies.  She currently performs with Benson Choral Society, Aliquando, the Somerset Chamber Choir and Spectra Musica.  

Anita is dedicated to musical education and has much experience in teaching and nurturing young talent; at the beginning of her career she was appointed Head of Music at a leading preparatory school in London, and later she became Head of Keyboard at Sherborne Girls, Dorset.  Now based in Henley on Thames, she teaches piano at Eton College.