Victoria Rowcroft PhD, MA, BA
Mezzo soprano, Conductor and Teacher
Victoria studied music and musicology at the University of Southampton, and completed her PhD on Italian Renaissance madrigals in 2002. Based in Canterbury, Kent, she is an experienced solo singer, conductor and music teacher. She is currently Musical Director of TiDo singing, Cranbrook, The Oyster Singers, Whitstable, and teaches singing and piano privately and in schools. She also devises and leads arts and singing workshops for children.
Victoria studies singing with Alison Pearce. Previous solo engagements include Bach, B Minor Mass (Chichester Cathedral) and St Matthew Passion; Handel Dixit Dominus and Messiah; Mozart Requiem; Chilcott Requiem and Copland In the beginning. She gives regular recitals with organist and pianist, Adrian Bawtree, performing a wide variety of repertoire, from Renaissance to contemporary. Victoria also enjoys singing in early music consorts and has sung with the all-female ensemble Musica Secreta, Musica contexta, Celestial Sirens and the Brighton Early Music Festival Consort of Voices.
Between 2000 and 2011, Victoria was Assistant Director of Music and Head of Singing at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex. Here, she was in charge of the academic curriculum, and conducted two children’s choirs and an orchestra. While at Christ’s Hospital, she also took every opportunity to take part in theatre productions. Favourite roles include the belligerent seven-year old tomboy Audrey in Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills and Bea in Andy Hamilton’s The Exam.