Biography

HeadshotA versatile conductor with a fresh approach to music-making, Victoria is in demand across the UK and increasingly in Europe.  She draws on a broad range of experiences as a choral director, including work with children and youth ensembles, community choirs and symphonic choruses, and high-level chamber choirs.  Across all genres and environments she is recognised for her natural ability to engage, inspire and enthuse singers of all ages and experience-levels whilst producing consistently impressive performances.

In 2016 Victoria founded exciting, young chamber choir, Evoke.  Throughout its short lifetime, Evoke has developed from scratch into an ensemble of high calibre, being received enthusiastically in performance across the UK and abroad.  In 2017 Evoke was invited to compete in the esteemed Polifonico Guido d’Arezzo International Choral Competition, where the high-level performance standard of the choir was recognised and awarded by the judging panel.

Along with her work with Evoke, Victoria frequently appears as guest conductor for many ensembles and is regularly invited as an Atelier conductor for festivals across Europe.  Recent engagements include AMJ ‘Eurotreff’ (Germany), European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (Hungary), Cranleigh Choral Week (UK) and the Worcester International Festival for Young Singers (UK).  She is also in high demand as a choral workshop leader for all types of vocal ensembles and is passionate about sharing her craft with others by providing conducting tuition in private lessons and masterclasses.

Victoria is engaged as Conductor and Producer for Voces Academy, an independent provider of choral education, high-level conducting masterclasses and choral development workshops focused on providing high-level training for young, talented musicians entering the profession.  Voces Academy is also a respected provider of arts-based corporate executive leadership training and Victoria is a trusted provider of leadership development workshops with some of the world’s most highly-respected organisations, including the Saïd Business School (Oxford University).

Beginning her career in her native Australia, Victoria obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Music (Piano Performance) and Business from Monash University.  In 2012 she relocated to the UK to undertake a MMus Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), graduating in 2014 with Distinction.  Whilst at RWCMD Victoria studied under Neil Ferris, Simon Halsey and Sarah Tenant-Flowers, and she has also received tuition from a number respected conductors including Rodney Eichenberger (USA), Fred Sjöberg (Sweden), Jo-Michael Sheibe (USA), Peter Hanke (Denmark) and Karen Grylls (NZ).

Previous positions have included Chorus Master for Mid-Wales Opera, Music Director for Milton Keynes Choral Society, Chorus Director for Cumbria Rural Choirs, Assistant Chorus Master for RWCMD chorus, Choral Director for Blackburn High School and Melbourne University, and conductor for Southern Voices (formerly the National Children’s Choir of Australia).  As an ensemble singer Victoria has extensive performance experience, including working with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (NDR) under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, St Endellion Festivals with Ryan Wigglesworth and Aidan Oliver, and numerous recordings for disc and film.

In 2014 Victoria was awarded the Noël Minet Fund Scholarship from the European Choral Association to attend the 11th Oratorio Conducting Programme in Hungary and in 2015 her ability to contribute significantly to the choral environment was acknowledged by an award from the prestigious Fellowship programme with the Arts Foundation, an organisation dedicated to recognising and supporting the future leaders in the Arts.

Along with her work as a conductor, Victoria is an experienced arts manager, having worked with prominent Australian arts organisations Orchestra Victoria, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Musica Viva Australia.