St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Harriet Kirk - mezzo soprano, and Anita D'Attellis - piano

Friday, 31 July at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Harriet Kirk - mezzo soprano, and Anita D'Attellis - pianoHarriet Kirk - mezzo soprano, and Anita D'Attellis - piano

Brahms

      Von Ewiger Lieber

Schumann 

      Abschied von Frankreich

      Nach der Geburt ihres Sohnes

      An die Königin Elisabeth 

      Abschied von der Welt 

      Gebet 

Brahms

Rhapsody in G minor, op. 79, no. 2

Fauré

      Au bord de l'eau

      Le Rançon

      Ici-bas!         

      Mandoline

      Les Berceaux 

Quilter

      Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

      Music when Soft Voices Die

      Love's Philosophy 

Harriet Kirk is a British Mezzo Soprano from Berkshire, and is studying on the ENO Opera Works programme. Harriet has recently completed her Postgraduate studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and continues to study with Susan Waters. Harriet speaks Italian, French and Spanish.

Harriet was born in the UK and commenced her musical education in the United States, studying the piano and the clarinet in New Hampshire and California. Upon returning to the UK, Harriet sang with Berkshire Youth Choir and National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and was a Berkshire Music Scholar. Harriet read Music and Italian at The University of Birmingham, where she studied singing with Christine Cairns.

Recent concert engagements include Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Haydn's Nelson Mass. Previous credits include Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, Bach St John Passion, and Handel Israel in Egypt. Harriet performed in Stravinsky Les Noces in Paris with Guildhall School and The Passion of Vaughan Williams (BBC4) with Schola Cantorum of Oxford.

Opera roles for Harriet include Tisbe in Rossini's La Cenerentola with Jackdaws, Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Third Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Harriet has performed the role of Lady in the Balcony and chorus for Our Town at Guildhall School, and chorus for Opera Holland Park 2012 season in Falstaff and Yevgeny Onegin. Past performances include, chorus in La Wally and La Forza del Destino (OHP), Iolanta and Dialogues des Carmelites (Guildhall School) and Imeneo (The University of Birmingham). Opera scene roles at Guildhall School include Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Hansel (Hansel und Gretel), Dorothee (Cendrillon), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Maddalena (Rigoletto).

Whilst studying at Guildhall School, Harriet has had the benefit of participating in masterclasses with Graham Johnson MBE and Dame Emma Kirkby. Harriet has worked with Sarah Walker CBE and Eugene Asti. Harriet has recently participated in workshops at ENO with Mike Alfreds and Polly Teale.

2012 and 2013 include recitals at St Botolph's Bishopsgate, All Saints Church, High Wycombe, St John's Waterloo, Boccherini's Stabat Mater in Madrid, and a concert series in Berkshire.

Anita d'Attelis is a pianist based in Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire.  She enjoys a busy and varied career as a solo performer, teacher and accompanist to numerous singers, instrumentalists and choirs.

While still at school, Anita had a keen interest in Chamber music, winning national competitions with her piano trio, which led to performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Purcell Room and St. John's, Smith Square.   She read music at the University of Birmingham, gaining first class honours, and studied piano with Alison Pottinger at the Birmingham Conservatoire.  She won the Arnold Goldsborough Prize for her final solo recital, and was also awarded the Barber Scholarship and G. D. Cunningham award to study a Postgraduate Performance Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music; there she studied piano with Vanessa Latarche, and specialised in accompaniment with Geoffrey Pratley. 

At the start of her musical career, Anita followed her passion for teaching; she became Head of Music at Trevor-Roberts' Preparatory School, Hampstead, and later she was appointed Head of Keyboard at Sherborne Girls, Dorset.  Since then, she has focused on a freelance career, dedicating more time to her performances.  Teaching is still important to her however, and for the past eight years she has taught piano at Eton College.

Anita is indebted to the Russian pianist and pedagogue Dina Parakhina, for her invaluable inspiration.