The Artisans: an exciting new medieval and Renaissance band

The Artisans

Victoria Couper

Victoria's illustrious career began whilst, still in single digits, she composed, directed, and performed in a family production on the subject of flying pigs. She has never looked back...

The year before the terrible teens she joined the Oxford Girls' Choir (dir.Richard Vendome) with whom she sang Alice in Roderick Williams' Alice in Wonderland, as well as practically every role in Purcell's Dido & Æneas, directing a couple of performances of said work, and even stitching the odd costume together for the piece!

At this young age Victoria also joined early music ensemble, Sinfonye (dir.Stevie Wishart), to explore the works of Hildegard of Bingen with both young and mature voices. She later went on to study Ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London, with a focus on Judeo-Spanish song.

Victoria has since performed with a wide variety of musical ensembles and theatrical productions, including: a cappella trio Voice; The Dufay Collective (Dartington; Markenfield Hall); Gare St Lazare Players and Paul Clark's Here All Night (Brighton Festival); Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris's Dr Dee as Young Katherine (ENO; MIF; Later... with Jools Holland, BBC2); Graham Fitkin and Jasmin Vardimon's Home (Linbury Studio, ROH); World première of Stevie Wishart's Out of This World with Sinfonye and the BBC Singers (BBC Proms; Herrenhäusen Festival); World première of Howard Moody and Helen Chadwick's Where Two Worlds Touch (Salisbury Festival); Development of Helen Chadwick's War Correspondents with Stephen Hoggett (NT Studio); Grand Union Orchestra's Trading Roots with the BBC Concert Orchestra (BBC Radio3); Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivald's Peter Ackroyd's Venice, Vivaldi's Women, and Gloria with the OAE (BBC4 & BBC Radio3).