Verity Standen

Bristol-based composer, performer and musical director.

VERITY STANDEN is a composer, performer and musical director based in Bristol, UK.  Her work primarily explores the human voice and how it can be celebrated and transformed through live performance. Her 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 the audience to interpret mood and narrative for themselves.

Verity’s immersive choral piece HUG (in which each audience member is blindfolded and hugged by a singer) won the Off West End TBC Award 2016 and was nominated for The Arches Brick Award and a Total Theatre Award. As well as continuing to surprise and enchant audiences around the UK, last year HUG began to tour internationally, forming a new choirs in Poland, China and the Czech Republic. TimeOut describe the piece as ‘the most immediate, visceral experience of music as human expression possible… like an antenna to heaven.’

Mmm Hmmm is Verity’s celebrated piece of a cappella song theatre. Three exceptional female voices jump between sound worlds and lyrical styles, while holding a magnifying glass up to snapshots of everyday life. WhatsOnStage call the show ‘a paean to the wonders of the human voice’.

And Symphony – Verity’s short piece for individual audience members that blends live voice with the unusual sounds of multiple tuning forks – has popped up at a series of festivals and events, including Mayfest.

Verity is currently composing a new piece for London hospitals, a large-scale choral work for historic sites and a new theatre piece for 2018.

Verity is produced by Tom Spencer.