Lyric soprano Verity Wingate is currently studying for her Masters in Vocal Studies and Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London with Janice Chapman. There she has been coached by Eugene Asti, Lada Valesova and Susanna Stranders among others.
Verity was fortunate to be invited to join the Samling Artist Programme in November 2016, working intensively with Angelika Kirchschlarger and Simon Lepper, performing Rachmaninoff and Schumann in the final recital at Sage Gateshead.
In the last two years, whilst at the GSMD, Verity has 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’. She has also taken part in several opera scenes at Milton Court.
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.
In 2016 Verity was 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 is fortunate to be generously supported for her post-graduate studies by Help Musicians UK. Studying for a Masters degree would not be possible without their help.
Prior to the Guildhall, 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 prestigious 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. She will soon be performing with Joshua Ellicott and Alisdair Hogarth as part of the 2017 Bath Festival six concert song series ‘From Bath to Broadway’.