Barbara Manning studied with Phyllis Sellick at the Royal College of Music, winning the Borwick Prize and gaining ARCM and LRAM performer’s and teacher’s diplomas for piano and violin. She has given numerous recitals in London and the Home Counties, including Hertford’s ‘Soundbites’ series, St Albans and Hoddesdon Music Clubs, Cuffley Concert Club and Stapleford Church, and she has performed many popular concertos with the Maltings Sinfonia of Ware and Dulwich Symphony Orchestra.
She also enjoys performing with choirs and opera companies; her longest association has been with Ware Choral Society, whose accompanist she has been since 1974.
Barbara has also accompanied Ware Operatic Society since 1987, and has performed with the Camden, Carillon and QC Chamber Choirs, Welwyn Garden Music Society, Figaro Opera and Opera Moriarty. Her repertoire includes Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia, Constant Lambert’s Rio Grande, David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes and Britten’s St Nicholas Cantata. She has accompanied the award winning Lea Valley WI Singers at St John’s, Smith Square, St Martin’s in the Fields and the Royal Albert Hall, and appeared with them at the Round House in a Channel 4 documentary directed by Sophie Fiennes, entitled ‘Because I Sing’.
Barbara has enjoyed accompanying Crispian Steele-Perkins in several concerts in the Hertfordshire area, and has played for Julian Williamson’s Choral Weekends at Benslow Music Trust since 1997. She is also well known as a soloist and in bands for her Scottish dance playing with her violin which has taken her to USA, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Ukraine and Russia, as well as to Halsway Manor, the centre for folk music and dance in Somerset, and the Summer School of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society at St Andrews.
Barbara’s most recent project has been to collaborate with the composer John McLain and the tenor Gordon Pullin on a CD of light music.