Anita is current Director of Music at St. Mary's, South Woodford and former Organ Scholar of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge.
Anita Datta is currently Director of Music at St. Mary’s Church, South Woodford. A talented organist, choral director and high soprano voice with a wide range of experience in professional-standard settings, Anita is in popular demand as a freelance artist and soloist both at the keys and for her voice. She is currently based in London. Anita started her organ studies at the age of 14 after obtaining a scholarship from the Royal Schools of Church Music. This came about in recognition and support of her work as organist at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Hessle, East Yorkshire. Here she accompanied the Sunday Services and later started up a small amateur choir to enhance these and feast-day services, which continues to this day. She also spent two terms observing at Beverley Minster in 2010-2011. This included assisting the organist at evensong and special services, and attending and observing choir rehearsals, including the training of the boy choristers. Anita was elected to the organ scholarship at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge from September 2011-July 2014. In addition to responsibility for accompanying three choral services a week this post has entailed conducting, and extensive administrative and leadership roles. International tours have included Austria, the USA and Italy, where Anita played the organ in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. She features on the choir’s recent recording “Great Anthems”, and in both continuo and solo capacities on the Obsidian label recording, “William Croft – Burial Service & Anthems”. In 2014 she was a finalist in the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition. During her time at Cambridge Anita studied vocal technique with Ghislaine Morgan, who continues to guide both her care of amateur and semi-professional choral voices and the exercise of her own soprano voice. Anita performed extensively with Sidney Sussex Choir as a vocalist when not at the organ, and when not at the keys is regularly invited to sing at weddings and in choirs across London. Anita has extensive experience as a solo performer for both private and public events and has an extremely wide range of experience as an accompanist, church organist and choral/solo singer garnered over a number of years. Formerly a student of the Organist Emeritus of York Minster, John Scott Whiteley, Anita studied organ in Cambridge with Stephen Farr for three years. She has also benefited from organ tuition with teachers such as Jacques van Oortmerssen, William Whitehead and Robert Quinney, and lessons in Choral Conducting from Paul Brough and Patrick Russill. Anita also plays the piano, which she studied under the acclaimed concert pianist Caroline Clemmow. In her teenage years she played first flute in the Hull Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and various other high-profile Symphonic Ensembles based at the Albemarle Music Centre in Hull. She looks forward to finding the time to take her RCO examinations at some point in the near future!
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