St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Barbara Gentili - Soprano & Stuart Whatton - Piano

Tuesday, 15 March at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Barbara Gentili - Soprano & Stuart Whatton - PianoBarbara Gentili - Soprano & Stuart Whatton - Piano

Francesco Paolo Tosti  




Robert Schumann       

                 Myrten op. 25

                                  Der Nussbaum

                                  Die Lotusblume


Gabriel Fauré   op7 no 1

                 Apres un reve

Jules Massenet               


                                  Adieu notre petite table


Francis Poulenc                         

                i.  Danse Francaise

                ii. Nocturne VIII

 Pietro Mascagni             

               Cavalleria Rusticana 

                                 Voi lo sapete o mamma

Giacomo Puccini             

               Madama Butterfly    

                                 Un bel dì vedremo


Barbara Gentili began her piano studies at the Conservatory of Terni, her birth city in Italy, where she later graduated in Singing. In 2012, she received her Master Degree in Singing at the Conservatory 'Giuseppe Verdi' of Milan and since 2014, she has been studying for her PhD on late 19-century Italian opera at Royal Holloway, University of London.


Barbara debuted leading roles from the main operatic repertoire including Fiordiligi from Così fan tutte and 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.

She intensively performed in Milan collaborating with the symphonic orchestra G Verdi at the Auditorium G Malher, the orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali at the Sala Verdi and Theatre Dal Verme, and with As Li Co touring opera company.


As a concert singer, Barbara has performed for the Amici della Scala in Milan, Amici della Lirica in Bologna, Verona, Pavia and Venice.


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 pursued a schoolteaching career for eight years, running a variety of school music departments in Dorset, Essex and Scotland


In past chapters of his life, Stuart has 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!, accompanying an international youth choir at a plenary session of the United Nations in Geneva, and a role in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, 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,  Associate Organist of St George the Martyr Church in Holborn, and Artistic Director of Music-at-Hill, one of the leading concert societies in the City of London, based at the Wren church of St Mary-at-Hill near Monument.  In his spare time, Stuart sings with the Chapel Choir at Guy's Hospital and plays tenor sax in the London Saxophone Choir.