Verity Sharp

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Sharp at the 2005 Cambridge Folk Festival

Verity Sharp (born 1970) is a television and radio presenter from England.

Early life[edit]

Verity Sharp grew up in Somerset. After studying at Dartington College of Arts, she read music at the University of York and studied composition. During these years, she did some acting, performed music, and studied languages, including French.

Presenting career[edit]

Sharp moved to London after graduating in 1992, and began working for Radio 3 in 1993, the year she had planned to start a post-graduate degree at the Guildhall School of Music.

Verity Sharp trained as a producer, and from 1997 regularly produced and presented Pebble Mill's Music Machine, a 15-minute music programme primarily intended for children. A year later, she was hosting the contemporary music show, Hear And Now.

In 2001, the eclectic late-night music programme Late Junction, which she presents in alternation with Fiona Talkington and Max Reinhardt, won her the Silver Sony Radio Academy Award for Music Broadcaster of the Year - a "very proud moment for the team after three years of very hard work". On 21 March 2013, at the end of that evening's edition of programme, she formally announced that she was to cease being one of its regular presenters in order to pursue "a few more musical dreams". She continues to present occasionally however.

She is also one of the presenters of The Culture Show on BBC2.

Music interest[edit]

It was from her student years that she acquired a taste for non-Western music. Although her training was in classical cello she later took up the fiddle and turned to traditional music. In 2013, she narrated the BBC Four documentary How to Be a World Music Star: Buena Vista, Bhundu Boys and Beyond.

Having interviewed them while presenting a Culture Show special in 2008, she admitted to retaining a fondness for the thrash metal band Metallica she had as a teenager.[1]


  1. ^ "Metallica: A Culture Show Special". BBC website. BBC. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 

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