Music at Lunchtime – Friday 11th March

Last Friday was our last Music at Lunchtime event until April 22nd, and we were treated to a full performance of the singing diploma recital that Yasmin B will be giving for her examination next week. She began with a haunting piece by Samuel Barber – ‘St Ita’s Vision’ sung with such pathos and feeling. Purcell’s ‘Hark the echoing Air’ followed and this was pure vocal fireworks – wow! The ever loved ‘Pie Jesu’ from Fauré’s Requiem was a complete contrast to the Purcell and sung with real poise. There then followed a recit and aria from Handel’s Acis and Galatea, that absolutely confirmed Yasmin’s credentials as a singer of substance. This long aria was sustained with great technical mastery and control. Gurney’s ‘Sleep’ contrasted beautifully before Yasmin launched into the exciting and sparkling ‘Villanelle’ by Berlioz. For her final pieces Yasmin sang a recit and aria (‘Batti batti, o bel Masetto’) from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. Again Yasmin’s complete control of her voice and great characterisation conveyed the pleading of Zerlina superbly. Yasmin was superbly accompanied by Miss Zanardo who had a lot of notes to play! This was a recital many of us were looking forward to and it did not disappoint. If you were not able to get to the recital then listen here: