Verity Standen’s work as a composer, director and performer explores the human voice and how it can be celebrated and transformed through live performance.
Verity’s performance pieces have been presented in theatres and concert venues, galleries and museums, dance festivals and live art programmes, village halls and cafes. Wherever it is performed, music is always at the heart of Verity’s work; she creates sound worlds, often using intricate vocal techniques and rich harmony, and allows each audience member to interpret mood and narrative for themselves.
Verity is based in Bristol, UK, where she continues to run her own choir Utterance. Verity trained at Dartington College of Arts, and subsequently developed her practice through working as a musical director for a range of theatre companies, venues and arts charities.
In 2017 Verity worked with producers Situations to create Refrain, a new piece inspired by conscientious objection that was performed by three male choirs in sites of historical significance across England, and with Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals’ Art Department to devise Airborne for InTransit Festival. In July she presented a work-in-progress performance of her new piece Undersong at Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment Fortnight. And international tour dates for her choral piece HUG continued with a new choir in Brussels performing the piece for Nuit Blanche in October. 2018 dates will be released soon.
Verity’s work is produced by Tom Spencer
‘…feels like the most immediate, visceral experience of music as human expression possible… like an antenna to heaven.’ - TimeOut (on HUG)