Verity Standen is a composer, director and performer based in Bristol, UK. Her work explores the human voice and how it can be celebrated and transformed through live performance. Her shows have been presented in theatres and concert venues, galleries and museums, dance festivals and live art programmes, castles 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.
TimeOut London describe Verity’s immersive choral piece HUG—in which each audience member is blindfolded and hugged by a singer—as ‘the most immediate, visceral experience of music... like an antenna to heaven.’ HUG won the Off West End TBC Award 2016 and has recently toured to Poland, Belgium, The Czech Republic and China, creating a new choir of local singers in each location.
Other recent projects include Refrain—a choral piece made in response to three sites of historical significance in the story of conscientious objection in England; Symphony—a short work for individual audience members that blends live voices with the unusual sounds of multiple tuning forks; and Mmm Hmmm—a dynamic piece of a cappella song theatre performed by three exceptional female singers, which is still available for touring. WhatsOnStage call the show ‘a paean to the wonders of the human voice’.
Verity is currently developing a major new work. Undersong will be a live, deeply human, surround-sound experience featuring a large ensemble of singers. Collaborators for this exciting project include Tom Morris (co-director of War Horse), which will be available for international presentations from late 2018 onwards.
Verity’s work is produced by Tom Spencer.