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The Musical Balloon Band was founded by Verona Chard vocalist, actor, composer and tutor please see below for details of her work and experience.
The Musical Balloon Band line up varies depending on you or your venues requirement from a two piece to a ten piece band.
The line up of musicians often features Charlotte Glasson sax / flute and multi-instrumentalist; Anne-Marie Atkins steel pan / sax / Euphonium / drums /;
Chris Neill piano/ bass; Roan Kearsey-Lawson vibes / marimba / tuned percussion / drums and percussion; Les Cirkel and Winston Clifford - drums/percussion and other instrumentalists as availability or budget allows - trumpet, saxes, trombone, harp and global instruments and vocalists.
Verona has been a featured artist at the Ronnie Scott's Club; 606 Jazz Club; The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh and Pizza Express Jazz Club also Ropetackle Arts, Shoreham; The Rose Theatre, Kingston and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Arts. She has recorded with the Humphrey Lyttelton Band, Carey Blyton, Mike Hatchard, Charles Miller, Ron Moody, Victoria Hart and John Horler.
Verona performs internationally in all sizes and style of venue at festivals and on radio and television.
Theatre work includes No 1 Tours; National Tours and Weekly Rep Theatre and Pantomime which she loves to do playing Wicked Fairy, Wicked Queen and comedy roles.
Classical work incorporates Dinner Opera -' A Night at The Opera' for the Landmark Hotel, London 2013, extensive tours with Sheherazade - trio with Fiona Clifton-Welker on harp and Denise Dance on flute plus Early Italian Opera performances.
In 2018 Verona is the Vocal Director on a new six part television drama 'Age Before Beauty' starring Robson Green, Sue Johnston, Polly Walker and James Murray which airs in the Spring.
October 2012 she performed at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory for their 5th Anniversary Festival where she also gave workshops. She has also had the pleasure of giving workshops for the Sondheim Society for VoiceBox, Derby and as part of her own school The British and International Vocal (Jazz) Academy.
Verona is a visiting sung voice expert at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London at the London School of Musical Theatre and at the New Wimbledon Theatre for ATG.
In 2012 she was the judges expert for X Factor, Poland (and they won the series!)
Verona has worked closely with Claire Martin OBE; Tatiana Okupnik; Charlotte Blackledge; Jack Loxton; Daniel Fraser, Hannah John-Kaman, Ben Hardy, John Tarcy, Ruan Heenan, Holly Sumpton and many young up and coming actors and singers.
Also, Maria Friedman; Jenny Quayle; Robert Shaw Cameron; Andrew C. Wadsworth and a host of eminent performers including Ted Beaumont; Alex Dankworth; Alan Barnes; Mark Nightingale; Alex Stanford; Richard Bolton; Felix Weldon; Gareth Williams; John Reese- Jones; Ray Wordsworth; Adrian Macintosh; Digby Fairweather; Kevin Robinson; Dave Green; Duncan Lamont; Graham Robb; Bill Kyle; Andy Hamill;Peter Ind; John Hawkins and many more..(apologies to those whom I've not mentioned yet - this website is a work in progress).
General Reviews and from the 'Fever...in Love with Shakespeare' album launch 2010
‘great night out.' Jazz FM (606 Club)
' wonderful voice and great instrumentalists’- UK Jazz Radio
'Verona Chard...her album FEVER is a delight from opening act to epilogue! A thing of beauty - a sequence of very diverse songs. Verona is a fine new jazz singer' Digby Fairweather
‘Verona Chard absolutely oozes class. Her vocal range at times is reminiscent of Cleo Laine at her peak. However, Verona has a vocal purity that is very much her own style and she is blessed with a voice which tells a story musically. A rare singer where the lyrics are crystal clear’ Chris Hare – Encore Magazine
“Verona Chard sings with style and pizzazz with a band that adds vigour and invention” - Rob Adams - The Herald
'A superior set of musical highs' The Musician
'Chard has a rather captivating voice and Fever gives her the perfect opportunity to swagger her undeniable vocal talents. Her voice was made for jazz. With Willow Weep for Me you can hear the emotion and vulnerability...really portrays Chard as an impeccable vocalist.' Entertainment Focus
“I’m knocked out, absolutely marvellous” Humphrey Lyttelton
‘Verona Chard is a cut above many of the current crop of chantelles and I have to admit I'm quite taken with her interpretations.
I find the voice a little theatrical - not that this is a drawback in fact it adds a certain charm - She takes chances and they work beautifully on this CD - you get Verona's own take enabling her to proudly hold her head up high.
Lance Liddle – bebop-spoken-here
“Highly talented” The Evening Standard
“Fine singer and renowned tutor” Time Out
“The excellent Verona Chard” Jim Kennedy – The Stage