Musical Director

Ruaraidh Sutherland Musical Director

Verity Bramson is a soprano, singing teacher and choral director based in West Sussex.

Born in Worcestershire, she received her early education at Malvern College and through the Rodolfus and Ex Cathedra choirs under the leadership of Ralph Allwood and Jeffrey Skidmore. Verity read Music alongside a choral scholarship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, with whom she toured to Italy, Austria, Dubai and California. She completed her postgraduate studies with Distinction at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, under the tutelage of Sophie Grimmer and Patricia Rozario OBE, generously supported by the William Gibbs Educational Trust as a choral scholar at St. John’s Hyde Park. In 2022, Verity completed an MA in Voice Pedagogy with Distinction at the University of Wales Trinity St. David in collaboration with the Voice Study Centre, focusing primarily on the subjects of singing voice rehabilitation and training adolescent singers. She continues her own vocal studies with Dr Jenevora Williams.

As a singer, Verity’s career has been varied. She has performed at many of the top London churches, at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Hammersmith Apollo and Birmingham Symphony Hall, and with groups such as the Philharmonia Chorus and the Armonico Consort. Elsewhere, she has also performed at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, Thursford Christmas Spectacular and featured on BBC One’s ‘Michael McIntyre’s Big Show’. As a soloist, repertoire includes Mozart ‘Requiem’, ‘Mass in C Minor’ and ‘Coronation Mass’, Haydn ‘Harmoniemesse’, Chilcott ‘Requiem’, Handel 'Saul' and ‘Messiah’, Bach ‘St Matthew Passion’, Vivaldi ‘Gloria’ and Britten ‘Les Illuminations’, with operatic roles ranging from Purcell to Puccini via ‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’!

Following a portfolio career which included teaching roles at Bradfield College and Lingfield College, Verity was appointed Head of Singing at Christ’s Hospital in 2020. As well as teaching one-to-one singing lessons and managing the provision for singing teaching in the school as a whole, she directs the junior choirs and Schola Cantorum, shares her technical expertise with the Chapel Choir, and collaborates with the drama department as resident vocal coach. Verity became Musical Director of Christ’s Hospital Choral Society in 2022, joining the choir to conduct their Christmas concert. Verity’s teaching and musical direction aim to help her pupils and choirs establish a strong basis of singing technique, whether performing alone or in a group, and she hopes to foster a lifelong love of singing beyond the teaching room or rehearsal space.