Victoria Bourne

Contact

Tel: 0117 923 7288,
E-mail:
Website: http://www.victoriabourne.com (opens in new tab)

Works as a performer, composer and music educator performing a varied repertoire from Blues to contemporary music theatre. As a vocalist and drummer/percussionist.

MA Music, Associate Trinity College London, PG Cert Academic Practice.

Currently she is a vocal workshop leader working in collaboration with the Bristol Hippodrome. She conducts the Bristol Hippodrome Choir and runs vocal workshops for beginners to professionals based at The Unitarian Meeting Hall, and The Bristol Hippodrome. She is artistic director of the company ‘And Then We Danced’ their current production is ‘Timepiece’ which was awarded devising time collaboration with the Arnolfini Bristol. She is an ongoing participant in Andrea Molino’s international project ‘There is no why here’ which was premiered at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in April 2014.

As a vocalist she has studied with leading contemporary sopranos Rosemary Hardy, Jo Morton and Sarah Walker as well studying with the jazz singer Carol Grimes in London. She has performed as a soloist with the New Music Ensemble, performed her own electronic compositions at BBC Radio 4’s More than words festival and on BBC Radio Bristol. Her electroacoustic composition ‘If you hear me here’ and installation ‘The Warden’s Survey’ were featured at Bristol’s Elektrostatic festival at Colston Hall. She was a member of Quadelectronic in Leicester. She also organised and performed in the Contemporary Music Venture concert series 2012 in Bristol.

As a lead singer she has fronted the bands Husky Tones, Harper Bourne and Vanity Press, performing in venues and festivals around the UK. On radio she has performed on BBC Radio Four, BBC Radio Leiceter and BBC Radio Bristol. She has performed in London at the Riverside Studios, The Jazz Cafe, The Union Chapel as well as the London circuit for bands (Bull and Gate, Spice of life, Besty Trotwood, The Water Rats, The Purple Turtle etc). In the Midlands at the Birmingham Rep Theatre, The Crescent Theatre, The MAC, The Y Theatre. In Bristol at the Bristol Old Vic, Colston Hall, The Cube, The Square Club and The Victoria Rooms. Festivals have included: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Buxton Fringe Festival and Strawberry Fields Festival.

She has been guest vocalist on recordings for composers Chris Conway, Kathy Hinde, Sophia Alexandra, Jim Tetlow and as a voice over artist for Snowline Films, Spanco and Plastic Buddha Films. She was awarded the University of Bristol 2012/2013 vice chancellors initiative fund prize for ‘Rouse Ye Women’.

Works as a performer, composer and music educator performing a varied repertoire from Blues to contemporary music theatre. As a vocalist and drummer/percussionist.

MA Music, Associate Trinity College London, PG Cert Academic Practice.

 Currently she is a vocal workshop leader working in collaboration with the Bristol Hippodrome. She conducts the Bristol Hippodrome Choir and runs vocal workshops for beginners to professionals based at The Unitarian Meeting Hall, and The Bristol Hippodrome. She is artistic director of the company ‘And Then We Danced’ their current production is ‘Timepiece’  which was awarded devising time collaboration with the Arnolfini Bristol.  She is an ongoing participant in Andrea Molino’s international project ‘There is no why here’ which was premiered at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in April 2014.

 As a vocalist she has studied with leading contemporary sopranos Rosemary Hardy, Jo Morton and Sarah Walker as well studying with the jazz singer Carol Grimes in London. She has performed as a soloist with the New Music Ensemble, performed her own electronic compositions at BBC Radio 4’s More than words festival and on BBC Radio Bristol. Her electroacoustic composition ‘If you hear me here’ and installation ‘The Warden’s Survey’ were featured at Bristol’s Elektrostatic festival at Colston Hall. She was a member of Quadelectronic in Leicester. She also organised and performed in the Contemporary Music Venture concert series 2012 in Bristol.

As a lead singer she has fronted the bands Husky Tones, Harper Bourne and Vanity Press, performing in venues and festivals around the UK. On radio she has performed on BBC Radio Four, BBC Radio Leiceter and BBC Radio Bristol. She has performed in London at the Riverside Studios, The Jazz Cafe,  The Union Chapel as well as the London circuit for bands (Bull and Gate, Spice of life, Besty Trotwood, The Water Rats, The Purple Turtle etc). In the Midlands at the Birmingham Rep Theatre, The Crescent Theatre, The MAC, The Y Theatre. In Bristol at the Bristol Old Vic, Colston Hall, The Cube, The Square Club and The Victoria Rooms. Festivals have included: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tete a Tete Opera Festival,Buxton Fringe Festival and Strawberry Fields Festival. 

She has been guest vocalist on recordings for composers Chris Conway, Kathy Hinde, Sophia Alexandra, Jim Tetlow and as a voice over artist for Snowline Films, Spanco and Plastic Buddha Films. She was awarded the University of Bristol 2012/2013 vice chancellors initiative fund prize for ‘Rouse Ye Women’.

 

Portfolio

Rouse Ye Women

Portfolio image: Victoria Bourne - Rouse Ye Women
Synopsisrn‘Rouse Ye Women’ tells the story of the chain-making women from the Black Country – once known as the ʻwhite slaves of Englandʼ. Small chains – known as ‘hand-hammered’ or ‘country-work’ chains – were often hand-worked by women or children in small cramped forges in outbuildings next to their homes. An example of the ‘sweated trade’, the work was hot, physically demanding and very poorly paid. In 1910, after a ten week strike, the women won a landmark victory that established the first minimum wage in this country. rnrnAnd Then We Danced’s interpretation of this dramatic story is an enthralling and surprising piece of music theatre taking its name from the principle song – ʻRouse ye Womenʼ. The story is told through a mix of music, movement and lyrics. Six women simultaneously sing and play metallic percussion to create an appropriate sonic landscape for the story. Traditional folk songs with lyrics adapted in 1910 by the striking women sit next to original songs and instrumentals inspired by the sounds of the forges.rnrn’Victoria Bourne, who has written, directed and performed in the piece, has the audience spellbound with her moving a’cappella number ‘By the Flickering Light of Candles’rn**** Broadway Babyrnrn’Their music is harsh, brittle, tender and soulful all at once. Constant leaps between the cacophonous drumming and angelic singing keeps you on edge throughout and makes the piece move at an incredible pace’.rn**** Bristol Theatre Review rnrn’Performance art of the highest calibre, vibrant with vitality, musical in their percussive conflict, fierce in their resentful drudgery, every woman works on and on through the piece she is tasked to complete; a dramatic evocation of the pitiless toil the labouring classes bore in hard, hard times.This amazing production, which rises from the inspired vision of Victoria Bourne u0026 Chris Harper into a truly collaborative triumph of theatre arts’.rn**** Remote Goat

More info (opens external website)

Timepiece

Portfolio image: Victoria Bourne - Timepiece
‘Timepiece’ is the latest work of music theatre created by And Then We Danced. It is an existentialist comedy thriller for one performer and a combination of live and prerecorded music. The work is currently in production with support from Bristol’s Arnolfini where it will premiere in 2014.

More info (opens external website)