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Faculty of Music


Talking about Music with Verity Sharp

The well-known BBC broadcaster and performer will discuss how to talk about music to audiences - in concerts, on radio and TV. The workshop will enable students to develop their own style of presentation. 

A familiar voice on BBC Radio 3 for many years, Verity Sharp is well known for her eclectic musical taste. She has produced and presented numerous editions of the award winning Late Junction, which mixes up everything from classical to electronic music, folk, world and jazz. She has presented countless concerts for radio both onstage and off, as well as fronted BBC2’s Culture Show and the BBC Proms. As a foundation student at Dartington College of Arts she explored improvisation and performance practice as well as being introduced to Indian ragas, African drumming and the Japanese shakuhachi. This opened her eyes to the wider power of music as a communication tool, which is still where her true interest lies. She holds a BA Honours Degree in Music from the University of York where her main areas of study were the cello and composition. More recently she has become fascinated with the indigenous music of England and has been learning traditional music and song by ear. She has also recently been appointed Creative Director of Superstrings, a local music charity that champions string playing and creates platforms for young people to experience the huge benefits of collective music making. 

The Faculty’s Practising Performance Series is open to students of all years of the undergraduate music course as well as masters and doctoral students, indeed anyone with an interest in performance. Because space is limited, please email Margaret Faultless ( if you are not a Faculty member and wish to attend.

Wednesday, 11 February, 2015 - 14:00 to 16:00
Event location: 
2.00pm, Recital Room