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Photo: Neil Croft 2016

Verity Bramson

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, French

Opera

Second Woman/ Spirit
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Ensemble Orquesta
2018
Gretel​
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)
Opera in the Meantime
2018
Novice/ First Lay Sister/ Soprano Chorus
Suor Angelica (Puccini)
Opera in the Meantime
2017
Amore/ Damigella
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Ensemble Orquesta
2017
Miss Wordsworth
Albert Herring (Britten)
Blackheath Halls
2017
Gretel​
Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
Blackheath Halls
2016
Tatyana
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Blackheath Halls
2016
Zerlina
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Blackheath Halls
2015
Andrea
Jerry Springer the Opera (Thomas and Lee)
Cambridge University ADC
2011
Dido
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Malvern College
2008

Operetta/G&S

Soprano Chorus
The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Minack Theatre, Cornwall
2011

Contemporary Opera

Tiger (Soloist)
Paws & Padlocks (Kate Whitley)
Blackheath Halls Community Opera
2017
Elizabeth Barnsley
Banished (Stephen McNeff)
Trinity Laban Opera, Blackheath Halls
2016

Musical Theatre

Michelle
These Things Happen (Jonathan Pease)
Cambridge University ADC
2010
Fantine
Les Miserables (Schönberg)
Malvern College
2007
Maria/ Chorus
West Side Story (Bernstein)
Malvern College
2006

Chorus

Soprano Chorus
Acis and Galatea (Handel)
Ensemble Orquesta
2018
Soprano Chorus
Aleko (Rachmaninov)
Melos Sinfonia, St. John's Smith Square
2014
Soprano Chorus
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Cambridge University Opera Society
2010

Oratorio/Concerts

Elsie Suddaby
Serenade to Music (Vaughan-Williams)
Barnes Music Festival
2018
Soprano Soloist
Les Illuminations (Britten)
Seeklang Festival, Hergiswil, Switzerland
2017
Soprano Soloist
Les Illuminations (Britten)
London Meridian Players, St. James' Piccadilly
2017
Soprano Soloist
Bacchianas Brasilieras (Heitor Villa-Lobos)
Trinity Laban CoLab Festival 2017
2017
Soprano II Soloist
Mass in C Minor (Mozart)
Harlow Chorus, Epping
2017
Soprano Soloist
Charity Gala: Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner (Various)
St Mary Magdalen, Willesden Green
2017
Soprano Soloist
Recital with Alessandro Viale (Various)
St. Augustine's, Thorpe Bay
2017
Soprano Soloist
Requiem (Bob Chilcott)
St John's Hyde Park
2016
Soprano Soloist
Coronation Mass (Mozart)
St John's Hyde Park
2016
Soprano Soloist
Les Illuminations (Britten)
London Meridian Players, St George's Bloomsbury
2016
Soprano Soloist
Recital with Panaretos Kyriatzidis (Various)
St Martin-within-Ludgate, London
2016
Soprano Soloist
Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok (Shostakovich)
Tamesis Trio, Blackheath Halls
2016
Soprano Soloist
Four Songs for Soprano, Piano and Cello (André Previn)
Tamesis Trio, ORNCC Greenwich
2016
Soprano Soloist
Christmas Gala Concert (Various)
St Augustine, Honor Oak Park, London
2015
Soprano Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
UBS Choral Society, St Botolph-without-Aldgate
2015
Soprano II Soloist
St Matthew Passion (one-to-a-part) (Bach)
Aldwych Sinfonia, St George's Bloomsbury
2015
Soprano Soloist
Recital with Joan Taylor (Various)
Blackheath, London
2014
Soprano Soloist
Saul (Handel)
Malvern Festival Chorus
2008
Soprano Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Malvern Festival Chorus
2007

Choral

Soprano Choral Scholar (2016-2017)
St John's Hyde Park (Various)
London
2016
Soprano
Festival Voices (Tarik O'Regan)
Latitude Festival
2016
Soprano (2015-2017)
Rubythroat (Contemporary Music Ensemble)
London
2015
Soprano Choral Scholar (2009-2012)
The Choir of Sidney Sussex College (Various)
Cambridge University
2009
Soprano (2007-2015)
Rodolfus Choir (Various)
London
2007
Soprano (2006-2015)
Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music (Various)
Birmingham
2006

Various/Mixed

Soprano Deputy
Belle Voci (Classical Crossover Group)
Finalists of The Voice UK
2018
Soprano
Ellington (Classical Crossover Group)
Ada Creatives
2018
Soprano
Thursford Christmas Spectacular (Various)
Thursford, Norfolk, UK
2017

Discography

Soprano
Thomas Weelkes: Grant the King a Long Life (Weelkes)
The Choir of Sidney Sussex College (Hyperion)
2012

Session Work

Soprano
Urban Hymn (Film Soundtrack)
Air Adel Studios
2015

Other

Masterclass
Ubaldo Fabbri (Rossini)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
2017
Masterclass
John Graham-Hall (Britten)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
2017
Masterclass
Richard Berkeley-Steele (Mozart)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
2016
Masterclass
Ron Morris (Mozart)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
2016

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Ich Wil Dir Mein Herze Schenken (St. Matthew Passion)

My heart leaps up with joy (Albert Herring)

Pierrot (Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse)

Credit: Neil Croft 2016

William Gibbs Educational Trust, St John's Hyde Park (2017)

Soprano Choral Scholar, Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, 2009-12 (2012)

"A characterful performance of demanding repertoire, always expressive and engaging. There was an excellent delivery of the text… Royauté and Marine were particularly effective with impressive coloratura and a vivid communication of the drama." Joan Rodgers (2017)

"Sophisticated and convincing with... a committed and informed interpretation" Havilland Willshire, Head of Performance, Trinity Laban (2017)

“Verity gave an accomplished account of Miss Wordsworth… Her natural stage awareness, meticulous preparation and relative ease at assimilating and performing the eccentricities of Britten’s well drawn character and unique setting of the English text enabled her to create an extremely engaging performance which from the outset was detailed, specific and convincing… Verity’s singing was overall very consistent with impressive diction. Her innate musicality and studied approach to this tricky musical material also deserve special mention, as does her exemplary and professional attitude to rehearsal, coaching and performance in general. Well done indeed on a performance that delighted and entertained the audience and which showed her clear potential as an operatic talent.” Robert Bottriel (2017)

"The sense of a vibrant ensemble from the young singers was palpable, each of the women has a very real sense of individual personality and all came together in a striking sense of community. The ensemble moments, from the touching to the angry, were the most striking parts of the evening." Robert Hugill (2016)

"Verity’s wonderful singing was a true highlight of our wedding day. Many guests have since commented on her beautiful voice and my husband and I were very moved by her singing during the service. Her professional nature, can do attitude and willingness to help was so appreciated and I would recommend Verity to anyone!" Mrs Harrison, Wedding at Malvern Priory, Worcestershire (2015)

Postgraduate Diploma, Vocal Studies (DISTINCTION)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
2015–2017
MA, Music (2.1)
Cambridge University
2009–2012

Versatile Soprano Verity Bramson has been praised for her “impressive coloratura and... vivid communication” as well as her “natural stage awareness” and “innate musicality”.

Born in Malvern, Worcestershire, she is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, where she gained a Distinction in Vocal Studies under the tutelage of Sophie Grimmer and Patricia Rozario OBE, and Cambridge University where she gained an honours degree in Music alongside a choral scholarship with the Choir of Sidney Sussex College. Her postgraduate studies were generously supported by the William Gibbs Educational Trust as a scholar at St. John’s Hyde Park.

Recent operatic performances include Novice ‘Suor Angelica’ with Opera in the Meantime, Second Woman 'Dido and Aeneas' and Amore/ Damigella ‘L'Incoronazione di Poppea’ with Ensemble Orquesta, Miss Wordsworth ‘Albert Herring’, Gretel ‘Hänsel und Gretel’, Zerlina ‘Don Giovanni’ (Trinity Laban Opera Scenes) and two world premieres: Tiger in Kate Whitley's ‘Paws and Padlocks’ for Blackheath Halls Children's Opera (directed by Harry Fehr and conducted by Christopher Stark) and Elizabeth Barnsley in Stephen McNeff’s ‘Banished’ for Trinity Laban Opera (directed by Elaine Kidd and conducted by Jessica Cottis). She also performed the role of Andrea ‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’ with Cambridge University Opera Society and appeared in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (CUOS) and ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ (Minack Theatre) and a concert performance of Rachmaninov’s ‘Aleko’ (Melos Sinfonia, St. John’s Smith Square).

In concert Verity has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Recent solo concert appearances include Mozart ‘Mass in C Minor’ with the Harlow Chorus, Chilcott ‘Requiem’ and Mozart ‘Coronation Mass’ at St John's Hyde Park, Handel ‘Messiah’ at St Botolph-without-Aldgate, and a one-to-a-part performance of Bach ‘St Matthew Passion’ at St George’s Church, Bloomsbury. Verity also performed as a soloist at the 2017 inauguration of the Lord Mayor of Westminster at Porchester Hall, London. She was a founder member of contemporary vocal ensemble Rubythroat, with whom performances included Berio’s ‘A-Ronne’ and ‘Cries of London’, Schoenberg's ‘Friede auf Erden’ and numerous new commissions.

Passionate about chamber music, Verity has performed Britten’s ‘Les Illuminations’ with the London Meridian Players at venues including St James's Piccadilly, and as part of the Seeklang Festival, Switzerland. She also performed André Previn’s ‘Four Songs for Soprano, ‘cello and piano’ and Shostakovich ‘Seven Romances on poems by Alexander Blok’ with the award-winning Tamesis Piano Trio, and Villa-Lobos ‘Bacchianas Brasilieras’ as part of the Trinity Laban CoLab Festival 2017, under the direction of cellist David Cohen.

Verity has participated in masterclasses with John Graham-Hall, Richard Berkeley-Steele, Ubaldo Fabbri and Ron Morris, among others.

In the 2017/18 season she joined the company of Thursford Christmas Spectacular as an ensemble member and step-out soloist. She is a member of new jazz opera trio, Ellington, and deputises for Belle Voci, acclaimed classical crossover duo and finalists on ITV's The Voice UK.

Verity looks forward to ending this season with the role of Gretel in Opera in the Meantime's new production of 'Hansel and Gretel' at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, Walthamstow.

Aside from her performing, Verity is in demand as a singing teacher and music educator. She continues her own studies with Dr Jenevora Williams GSMD.

www.veritybramson.com

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