Lyric soprano Verity Wingate recently finished her Masters degrees in Music and Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London with Janice Chapman. She graduated with Distinction in both degrees. There she was 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, Simon Lepper and Shakespearean actor James Garnon, performing Rachmaninov and Schumann in the final recital at Sage Gateshead.
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.
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.
Since the Guildhall, Verity made her debut at Bath Festival 2017 performing a recital of 20 Classic Songs with Alisdair Hogarth and Joshua Ellicott, a recital of some of the most famous songs by a wide variety of composers from Gershwin to Rachmaninov to Vaughan Williams. She also made a short classical film of a new arrangement of 'Danny Boy' by Stephen Hough, with Stephen Hough at the piano and other members of the Prince Consort for Classic FM. The Prince Consort are now regularly publishing videos of a range of songs, of which Verity has performed in several and has been invited into the group as their newest member. She is scheduled for performances with members of the group in several venues including the Wigmore Hall next year.
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.