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.
After an intensive period of touring existing works, Verity is currently working on a series of new compositions. The first of these is Refrain, a new choral piece designed for three remarkable locations around England, which will play out in spring 2017. Through the summer months, Verity will spend time in residency at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals researching a new piece designed specifically for inpatients. And she is working on a major new movement and music piece, which will go into production in 2018.
Verity 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)