My name is Victoria Bourne. I’m a professional singer and teacher based in Bristol UK. I am musically educated to Masters level at the University of Bristol and a qualified teacher who completed and passed a two year post graduate teaching qualification in higher education from Kings College London. (Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice) as well as holding with distinction the Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL). I am a member of the Musician’s Union and Association of Teachers of Singing and have completed the NSPCC Child Protection Course.
I have 25 years of vocal teaching experience in theatres, music shops, universities, schools in community based workshops (DBS checked) and privately. I am comfortable teaching a wide variety of musical styles (including jazz, blues, music theatre, classical, pop, flamenco, rock and much more) and am also happy to teach the theory of music.
As a vocalist and composer I have studied with leading contemporary sopranos Rosemary Hardy, Jo Morton and Sarah Walker as well studying with the jazz singer Carol Grimes in London. I have performed as a soloist with the New Music Ensemble, performed my own electronic compositions at BBC Radio 4‘s More Than Words Festival and on BBC Radio Bristol. My electroacoustic composition ‘If you hear me here’ and installation ‘The Warden’s Survey’ were featured at Bristol’s Elektrostatic Festival at Colston Hall. I was a member of Quadelectronic in Leicester and I also organised and performed in the concert series 2012 in Bristol.
'This is a hugely accomplished album..an impressive calling card' Folk Radio UK (Hangover Square Painting With An Open Heart)
'This richly atmospheric, haunting and melancholic album...achingly beautiful harmonies' The Wire Magazine (Songs From A Cloud Chamber Victoria Bourne and Walt Shaw)
'Victoria Bourne producing some of the best music at the moment' Sound and Jazz Radio, William McGiven
'An upbeat and brilliant track' BBC Radio Upload Adam Crowther (A Thousand Prison Nights, Hangover Square)
'evocative vocals that are smooth and inviting' Folkworld
'Bourne’s airy soprano vocals weave melodies that are reminiscent of Robert Plant’s own melodies' Bluesblast Magazine
'extraordinary vocals' Strutter Magazine Netherlands
'Such an experienced performer. Two very talented musicians. It's really powerful music' BBC Radio Bristol
'electric vocal performance’. Musicsoup
'Bourne's vocal is stunning. She makes you really understand how the voice can be used as an instrument.' Buxton Fringe Festival
'Her voice oozes beauty and pain in equal measure, grabbing the listener from the first note, it’s a voice that is impossible to ignore or forget.' Noise Magazine
'This is some voice, a real commanding band leader's voice, I was reminded of the legendary Ottilie Patterson who sang with Chris Barber for many years....giving everyone 'a hot time in the old town tonight'. Nobody is going to argue about who is in charge'. Blues Radio
'haunting and unique vocals' Phil The Music Quill
'Victoria Bourne, who has written, directed and performed in the piece, has the audience spellbound with her moving a’cappella number ‘By the Flickering Light of Candles’
**** Andy Smith Broadway Baby
'Their music is harsh, brittle, tender and soulful all at once. Constant leaps between the cacophonous drumming and angelic singing keeps you on edge throughout and makes the piece move at an incredible pace'.
**** Natasha McGregor Bristol Theatre Review
'performance art of the highest calibre'
'Vibrant with vitality, musical in their percussive conflict, fierce in their resentful drudgery, every woman works on and on through the piece she is tasked to complete; a dramatic evocation of the pitiless toil the labouring classes bore in hard, hard times'.
'this amazing production, which rises from the inspired vision of Victoria Bourne & Chris Harper into a truly collaborative triumph of theatre arts'.
**** Arthur Duncan Remote Goat
In 2012 I established the Bristol Hippodrome Choir and was the musical director. The choir ended with Covid-19. I now run small vocal groups of up to 5 singers. Specialising in developing harmony skills.
I currently perform with Hangover Square (Folk Rock), my own music Victoria Bourne and with Quadelectronic.
Past projects included being the lead singer and drummer of the punk blues band the Husky Tones, with Spanish/Flamenco ensemble Harper Bourne performing in venues and festivals around the UK.
On radio I have performed on BBC Radio Four, BBC Radio Two, BBC Radio Leiceter and BBC Radio Bristol. I’ve performed in London at the Riverside Studios, The Jazz Cafe, The Union Chapel, 100 Club, The Blues Kitchen. In the Midlands at the Birmingham Rep Theatre, The Crescent Theatre, The MAC, The Y Theatre. In Bristol at the Bristol Old Vic, The Arnolfini, Colston Hall, The Cube, The Square Club and The Victoria Rooms. Festivals have included: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Buxton Fringe Festival, Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, Outcider, Incider, Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and Strawberry Fields Festival.
I have been guest vocalist on recordings for composers Chris Conway, Kathy Hinde, Sophia Alexandra, Jim Tetlow and as a voice over artist for Snowline Films, Spanco and Plastic Buddha Films. I was awarded the University of Bristol 2012/2013 Vice Chancellors initiative fund prize for ‘Rouse Ye Women‘.
More the words festival March 2012, Bristol
'You were a joy to work with, thanks for all your hard work for the festival you were amazing.'
Nicki.Ledgard A&M Factual BBC Bristol
'It was lovely to meet you and you were fantastic both days - I really enjoyed it and then I really enjoyed it again. After your session, I was almost hugged by a man who said it had been such a rich experience hearing you, and the other Sound Adventurers.'
Kirsten Lass, Executive Producer, A+M Factual, Bristol
'Their songs had a distinctly Spanish flavour; in a set played with vitality and artistry, Victoria Bourne was accompanied by Chris Harper and Jim Tetlow. Dec 2010
'Thanks so much -what a brilliant performance by both of you - everyone was talking about how amazing you were fantastic'
Polly Tuckett, Short Fuse Fiction 2010
'you all made my night for me , what a fantastic gig, everybody has been commenting on it.
Harjinder ohbi, Leicester Mercury 2010
'Victoria Bourne and Chris Harper's brilliant flamenco and song mix, some really jaw-dropping guitar/vocal work, anyone who hasn't experienced this in the last three weeks has been SERIOUSLY MISSING OUT'
Leicester Music Scene 2010
'Thanks very much for playing, you sing beautifully and Chris is very talented on the guitar you compliment each other very well'
this was a beautiful evening, and if you didnt come you really have missed out, these 2 are amazing local talent!!
Leicester Music Scene 2010
Lush beds of guitar sit behind a voice to die for with this bunch. The singer Victoria Bourne is highly reminiscent of Beth Gibbons from Portishead in this reviewer’s humble opinion.
'They are some mighty guitar twiddling and vocal finery, courtesy of Chris Harper and Victoria Bourne. Bourne's vocal is stunning in the Thom Yorke/ Matt Bellemy vein. She makes you really understand how the voice can be used as an instrument.'
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Shortlisted for Best Musical Event at Buxton Fringe Festival 2007.
"Vanity Press are a collective from London, Victoria Bourne, Chris Harper. Combining samples, woodwind instruments, piano, guitars, deep percussion and haunting vocals to fashion a fascinating, luscious soundscape. Bourne’s unique vocals. Bjork, Patti Smith and PJ Harvey are the obvious comparisons. Like a female Nick Cave, her voice oozes beauty and pain in equal measure, grabbing the listener from the first note, it’s a voice that is impossible to ignore or forget.
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