Verity Susman is a composer who writes and records for film, dance and concert performance. She has a long history as a writer-performer, beginning her career in the late 1990s as lead singer, multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of the alternative rock band Electrelane, before turning to composition, alongside live performances as a solo artist, guest musician and free improviser. Her recorded music, with Electrelane and solo, has been widely synced on film and TV, and is broadcast on radio stations across the world, including on BBC Radio 3 (solo) and BBC 6 Music (Electrelane).
Commissioned projects over the last few years include soundtracks for contemporary dance company Project O, the original soundtrack to the feature film Suzanne, a live soundtrack to the silent film Häxan, and a choral work written for the London Gay Men's Chorus as part of artist Jordan McKenzie's Shame Chorus project. (See the Commissions page for a complete list). If you are interested in commissioning Verity or want to discuss an upcoming project, please get in touch via the contact page on this site.
Verity has been nominated for several composing awards and bursaries, including the Underwire Film Festival Composing Award (2018), the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers (2016), and the PRSF and British Council Musician in Residence China Bursary (2014).
She has an MMus degree in Studio Composition (awarded Distinction) from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She graduated from King’s College, Cambridge with a BA Hons degree in Philosophy and Social & Political Sciences, and also holds an MSc degree in International Politics from SOAS, University of London (awarded Distinction and the SOAS Postgraduate School Prize).
She is currently studying classical composition with composer Michael Leibson.