Elizabeth Capener

Originally from Gloucestershire, Elizabeth moved to London in 2004 after completing her degree in Music at Exeter University. She was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of 17. Retinitis Pigmentosa is a degenerative condition that can result in night blindness and loss of peripheral vision.

Sight loss is gradual and varies massively from person to person, but research is constantly advancing our understanding of the condition. Elizabeth was registered severely sight impaired in October 2013.

Elizabeth was devastated when she first discovered that she had RP, but she has never let this hold her back. She grew up surrounded by music; her father is an accomplished musician, having been educated at King’s school, Gloucester and was a chorister and lay clerk at Gloucester cathedral. He also regularly plays the organ and conducts choirs in the South West.

Elizabeth started singing in her father’s church choir when she was just five years old and has never looked back. With such a musical upbringing, it was no wonder that she decided to forge a career in music herself. She is a classically trained soprano and takes music workshops in schools.

Elizabeth first became involved in RNIB when she was awarded a scholarship through the Elizabeth Eagle Bott Memorial Fund which supports visually impaired musicians in their careers. Since then, Elizabeth has received several other awards from the fund and is eternally grateful for the support and the opportunities she has received as a result.

She has also taken music workshops for RNIB with visually impaired children. In 2014, she released an album of classical songs and operatic arias, ‘Viva to the Diva’, all profits from which go to RNIB. CDs can be purchased from Elizabeth’s own website at www.elizabethcapener.com   

With so many links to RNIB and a desire to share her love of all things singing, Elizabeth was excited to be given the opportunity to present her own show on RNIB Connect Radio, and Vibrant Vocals was the result.

She says “There are so many different genres of vocal music that make singing accessible to everyone and singing has so many benefits; it can increase brain function, enhances mood, brings people together  and can provide a release from every day life. ‘Vibrant Vocals’ explores all the different types of vocal music out there, from classical, to choral, to opera, to jazz, to popular and everything in between. It gives an insight in to the lives of some well known and less well known singers, such as Stevie Wonder and Luciano Pavarotti. There's something for everyone!’