Verity Sharp is an experienced TV presenter and award winning radio presenter with a natural, engaging style. Her television credits include presenting The Culture Show (BBC2), the BBC Proms live for BBC4 and BBC 2 and BBC4 at Celtic Connections, BBC4 at the Cambridge Folk Festival.
She presents the award-winning Late Junction (BBC Radio 3), a programme that leads the field in the broadcast of cutting edge music and for which she was awarded the Sony Gold Award and the Sony Silver Award ‘The Music Broadcaster Award’.
Her work includes presenting numerous live concerts for radio – classical and world music. She’s an experienced awards ceremony presenter who presented Radio 3’s first ever Awards for World Music, broadcast live and the BBC Proms live (BBC Radio 3 and BBC TV). She was host at the British Composer Awards.
Verity’s musical tastes are truly eclectic. As a foundation music student at Dartington College of Arts, she explored improvisation and performance practice as well as being introduced to the many faces of world music from Indian ragas to 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. For many of the ensuing years she has shared her diverse musical tastes via the airwaves as a regular presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction.
Verity is in her element when presenting programmes about folk music and has specialist knowledge of the current thriving UK scene. Wishing to understand the music from the inside out, she taught herself to play folk fiddle and sing by ear, skills she has been passing on to others through workshops and the formation of various groups and choirs. Locally she performs with a female a-cappella vocal quartet, and as a cellist with the acoustic folk group The Yirdbards.
In 2010 Verity worked with the Wiltshire based kids music club Superstrings on a folk music project for Music Nation, part of the Cultural Olympiad. This involved planning and helping to facilitate workshops in multiple schools around Wiltshire, introducing over 150 children to the county’s tunes, songs and musical history. The project culminated in a huge performance at Steam in Swindon where all the participating children were joined on stage by folk super-group Bellowhead.
Verity has a very attractive voice for narrating, audio books and voiceovers. She’s narrated numerous TV documentaries including the recent BBC Four documentary How to Be a World Music Star: Buena Vista, Bhundu Boys and Beyond. As an experienced voiceover artist her work includes audio guides for Tate Modern and the British Museum.
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