Cheryl Pickering - Artistic Director, Various People Inc
Cheryl is a director, singer and singing teacher, and is Artistic Director of Various People Inc.
For Various People Inc Cheryl has directed Vesalius: a Requiem, which was listed in The Adelaide Advertiser Top Ten Shows for 2010, and '60 Minute Opera' versions of Carmen, Hansel & Gretel and Madam Butterfly for the State Opera Studio. For OperaTu, a partnership between the State Opera of South Australia and Tutti Arts, Cheryl directed the acclaimed choral theatre production The Shouting Fence in the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and the much-loved circus-inspired production of The Magic Flute (2011). Cheryl has also devised and written productions for Arts in Health at the Flinders Medical Centre and the Royal Institute of Australia, and the West Terrace Cemetery Authority for History Week SA 2010.
Cheryl performs regularly in Adelaide. She was the mezzo soloist in Instructions for an Imaginary Man in the 2012 Adelaide Festival of Arts, and the 'chanteuse' in The Velvet Gentleman for the 2012 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and has performed in the Space at the Adelaide Festival Centre as part of their Intimate Music Series and in the 2013 Summer Sessions.
Cheryl has extensive performing experience in opera, oratorio and recital, within Australia and in the United Kingdom. She has performed at the Bath International Festival, the Tate Gallery St Ives Festival, the South Bank Centre, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Greenwich Maritime Museum, with the Lindsay Quartet and for English National Opera's Studio Night series. Cheryl was a founding member of the acclaimed a cappella group The Shout, performing extensively across the UK and appearing in Because I Sing on Channel 4 Television and on their CD, On Arrival.
Cheryl was the vocal adjudicator for the 2008 Adelaide Eisteddfod, and is a highly regarded singing teacher. Her students have been major prize-winners in vocal competitions and include professional performers.