Lyric soprano Verity Wingate graduated with distinction in her Masters in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2017 and was also awarded a concert recital diploma. There she studied with Janice Chapman and was coached by Eugene Asti, Susanna Stranders, Michael Pugh and Lada Valesova among others.
In her two years at the GSMD, Verity debuted at Wigmore Hall, performing Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzer with Alisdair Hogarth and members of the Prince Consort, appeared at Barbican Hall singing songs by Verdi and at LSO St. Luke’s performing Michael Head’s song cycle ‘Over the Rim of the Moon’.
In September 2016 Verity was selected by the Mendelssohn Foundation to take part in a week long German lieder master course in Leipzig with celebrated tenor, Peter Schreier culminating in a performance of songs by Mendelssohn and Schumann in the Mendelssohn-Saal of the Gewandhaus. She was also awarded the Paul Hamburger Prize at GSMD by Graham Johnson for excellence in the understanding of Schubert lieder, as part of his prestigious Song Guild.
Verity was fortunate to be invited to join the Samling Artist Programme in November 2016, working intensively with Angelika Kirchschlarger, Simon Lepper and Shakespearean actor James Garnon, performing Rachmaninov and Schumann in the final recital at Sage Gateshead.
Since the Guildhall, Verity has had several engagements with Alisdair Hogarth and other members of the Prince Consort, of which she is now a member herself. She made her debut at the Bath Festival in 2017 with 20 Classic Songs from a wide variety of composers; she has also made a series of classical films with Alisdair Hogarth and others, including Stephen Hough in his arrangement of 'Danny Boy'. She recently performed in a Classic FM, Facebook live event of love songs for Valentine's Day, live from the Wigmore Hall.
In June, Verity joins Alisdair Hogarth and Andrew Staples in a recital of love songs at the Wigmore Hall. The same month she will perform a recital of songs by the pianist and composer Stephen Hough alongside the composer at Hertforshire Festival.
Prior to her Masters degrees, Verity attended the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded a First Class Bachelor of Music degree. At the RAM she was a member of the Bach Cantata series choir and toured with them to New York, Boston and Leipzig in their collaboration with the Juilliard School and Masaaki Suzuki. She also had the opportunity to perform Steve Reich’s ‘Drumming’ with percussionist Colin Currie and made her debut at the Aldeburgh Music Festival performing in Janacek’s ‘Diary of one who disappeared’ and the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth’s ‘Echo and Narcissus’ with Mark Padmore, Pamela Helen Stephen and the composer.
At the RAM Verity had the opportunity to work with coaches such as Julius Drake, Malcolm Martineau, James Baillieu and Richard Stokes and take part in master classes with Susan Bullock and Barbara Bonney. She also performed several times as soprano soloist at St. John’s Smith Square and St. Martin-in-the-Fields in works including Handel’s Jephtha and Athalia, Purcell’s Fairy Queen and Mozart’s Requiem.
Verity began her vocal training as a specialist singer at Wells Cathedral School where she studied with former King’s Singer Nigel Perrin and lyric soprano Isobel Buchanan. Both during her time at Wells and since, Verity has performed regularly in Wells Cathedral and venues in around Bath, including Bath Abbey and the Pump Rooms.