Vanessa Crocker, B.Mus, LRAM, ARCM

Vanessa Crocker won a choral scholarship to London University (Royal Holloway College). After gaining her degree she went on to further her singing studies on the Post Graduate course at the Guildhall School of Music, where she was awarded an Heilbut Scholarship. On leaving the Guildhall she became a pupil of Erich Vietheer, took part in Master-classes with Peter Pears and Peter Gelhorn, and received

coaching from Geoffrey Parsons. She subsequently won the Greater London Arts Young Musician Competition, which led to her Purcell Room debut.

Her career has encompassed Oratorio, Opera and Recital in Britain, Europe and America . She has sung in major concert halls and opera houses under such conductors as Boulez, Ozawa, Nagano, Groves amongst others . Also on radio and a video (and recording) for United Artists.

She has taught for most of her career, even while performing, but some years ago decided to concentrate on teaching in view of growing family commitments and the satisfaction she gained from her teaching. She is currently Head of Vocal Studies at St Catherine’s School in Bramley where she teaches from beginners to diploma standard. She enjoys giving adult and student masterclasses and talks on vocal technique and performance. She still gives recitals with her accompanist husband Roger Crocker often to raise money for charitable causes.

She was an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for 20 years and is an experienced adjudicator at music festivals all over the country.