Spring into Summer…


On this beautiful sunny morning I’m on the train going back North to Glasgow planning my repertoire for events coming up this Spring and Summer.  I’ve been working for the past couple of weeks to get some money together for a planned event in Italy and resting my voice after that awful throat cold I had.  Now I need to work on the songs for my performances and my Spring term at RCS.

Tomorrow, 21st April, I’m performing with Les Sirenes at St Andrew’s Kirk Helensburgh.

I need to finalise my pieces for the International Music Eisteddfod in Llangollen in July, this is my first time at this competition, I’m really looking forward to it, I love North Wales.  I believe I have to get there early because parking gets difficult because its such a popular event.

I also have some exciting events coming up this July in Nantwich, Cheshire; August in Lytham St Anne’s; and at the end of August in Rochdale see my website for more information in the next few weeks.  Russell Lomas will be accompanying me on Piano and Elliot Gresty will be performing some solo pieces on the clarinet..

Then I have fabulous events coming up with Tideswell Male Voice Choir this year, the first one is 27th July 2013 at Tideswell Parish Church.  Then Sunday 11th August 2013 at Gawsworth Hall, a Les Miserable Experience with the choir and fellow up-and-coming artists.  See www.tideswellmvc.co.uk for tickets, times etc. I hope to get all the information updated on my website at soon.

150 thoughts on “Spring into Summer…

  1. Thanks for stopping by and giving my Texture Tuesday photo a like. Loved visiting your site. Sounds like you have a very exciting life. Will enjoy visiting again. 🙂

    1. Hi Peabea, I am glad that you could stop by and visit for a while. I have always enjoyed crafting but nowadays it is limited to paper crafting due to my studies. I do enjoy making cards for my family and friends as I find it very relaxing 🙂

      Hope to see you back again soon

  2. Thanks for visiting and liking my blog. You are having such an interesting life through your music and travel. You are really blooming where you’re planted.

    1. Hi Mary, thanks for visiting from Australia, looking through the pictures on blogs like yours helps me to get an idea of how beautiful different countries be 🙂 It just fires my desire to travel and perform in as many locations as possible. Hope you can visit again.

      Best wishes

  3. thanks for following my blog Charlotte. Hope you are enjoying your Italian adventure by now. I look forward to looking in on you and checking out your postings. You might have to add NZ to your list of places to come and visit and sing too! 🙂

    1. Hi, thanks for visiting, my Dad has a realtives in Wellington, New Zealand so maybe I can encourage them to have a family reunion 😉
      Keep you posted, hope you can come back again,
      all the best

  4. Hi Charlotte – thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m very interested in the fact that you will be singing in Llangollen this summer. Way back in 1970 I sang with a choir from Canada in the Festival. It was an amazing experience, and one I will never forget. I look forward to hearing more.

    1. It’s not long now before I go to Llangollen for my first entry in this competition, in 1970 my Dad might have been in the audience watching 😉 he grew up in North Wales and this competition was the highlight of the summer and the children used to visit with trips organised by the local chapel.

      Best wishes, thanks for dropping by

      1. Where was he from? We billeted in Hope, where our director had taught. Also sang in a Welsh festival on Holy Island and competed against a choir directed by his mother. It was an incredible summer.

    1. I’m sorry I’ve not bumped into Cleo but it’s an amazing small world in matters like this and who knows if our paths will cross in the future. Glasgow University is a fabulous institution, my younger brother is thinking about going there next year.

      Best wishes

      1. All I know about siblings is I have two elder brothers, and they STILL call me their “baby brother”; please tell me you don’t put your brother through anything like that!

      2. Hi John, the only opera that could find sibling rivalry as a central theme is “Les enfants terribles” by Philip Glass ( Link ) I don’t know very much about other than I read using the link. if I find any others I will post a reply for you.

        Warmest wishes

    1. Hi Kelly thanks for dropping by. I liked your blog post on the 4th July we have fireworks on 5th November Bonfire Night in the UK when it is cold and usually raining, there is usually a big bonfire to keep everyone a little bit warmer but it is dropping in popularity now. As for your Mini Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches yum 🙂

      Hope you can pop back to read.

      Best Wishes

  5. What an exciting time for you. And what fun it is for me, a Midwesterner from the USA to read about your life in the UK. My sister visited England and Scotland twice. She loved the place and its people. Best wishes for a smashing summer season.

    1. Hi Anna, thanks for dropping by and for reading through some of my posts. It is great to come into contact with so many lovely people from all over the world. I hope that you can call back again soon.

      Warmest wishes

    1. Hi Donna, the first one is on the 27th July in Tideswell Church alongside the Tideswell Male Voice Choir. I am really excited about it and have been busy rehearsing my repertoire.

      Hope you can come back soon
      Warmest wishes

  6. Hi Charlotte,

    Thanks for following “Culture Collage.” The “Music” category is the most underdeveloped, and visiting your blog has reminded me that I have to upload some music samples. You seem to be a full lyric soprano, whereas I have remained in the soubrette-like, light-lyric category. I am at least 20 years older than you, and I am still singing the arias of Despina or Susanna. This won’t change, so I am embracing the youthfulness.

    I am from Rochester, New York, the hometown of Renee Fleming, who was recently given an award by President Obama. If you haven’t already, I would recommend that you read her autobiography.

    1. Hi Lori, thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. I loved your post about Schubert’s Ave Maria. I sang the Bach-Gounod version for a competition but I find it is not what people are expecting when they read Ave Maria in the programme. I will remember your advice not to be too much Brunnhilde 🙂 Renee Fleming is one of my favourite singers I have read about her and would love to see her live one day. My voice has changed so much this last year everyone keeps saying it will be very interesting to see where it is in three years time.

      Warmest wishes and I hope that you can get back again soon

  7. Hi Charlotte, with your refined voice, even if you were “too much Brunnhilde” it would still sound wonderful. I was referring to the less-trained divas with a vibrato that you can drive a truck through (an expression I learned from church choir members).

    Renee Fleming’s book is entitled “The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer.” Once I read it, I stopped worrying about what everyone else thought because I am starting late. I grew up about 10 miles from Fleming. She is seven years older than I am, so I never actually moved in the same circles as she did. When I was a child, she was already a teen. Did you know she was born on Valentine’s Day 1959? And her renditions of both “Ave Marias” are very prayerful indeed!

    To give you an idea, I was born in 1966 and am the same age and voice type as Natalie Dessay. I have been working on developing the low and mid-range.

    I am also eager to see what your voice will be like. People tell me they began with Marguerite’s “Jewel Song” or Adele’s “Laughing Song,” but then their voices evolved. The same happened to Diana Damrau, who sang these light lyric arias with a BIG sound to begin with.

    Warmest wishes to you, too.


    1. Thanks for the advice Lori, it is very much appreciated. I will pick up a copy of “The Inner Voice: The making of a singer” and have a good read. It is great to pick up tips and suggestions from people like yourself who have been through the process already and who have the experience. I wish you all the best in everything that you do 🙂

      I hope that you will drop by and visit with me again when you are able

  8. Charlotte,
    Hey. Thanks for checking out my blog, http://www.lostinsiouxland.com. And I think it’s great you are singing opera. I love classical music, and enjoy some opera. The more lyrical for me the better, but sometimes I am surprised. I have listened to many over the years, but have never heard it live. Best of luck to you and “break a few legs”.


    1. Hi Jerry, I love to perform and learn new repertoire and then seeing how I can better my technique to keep improving, I hope it shows in the years to come. Classical music and operatic arias cover such a large and varied repertoire that there is usually something for everybody if they just give it a chance 🙂

      Best wishes, thanks for dropping by and providing your support it is really appreciated.

    1. My Grandma crocheted my Christening Robe and Shawl, I was a winter baby and was Christened at 3 months old, I must post a photograph of it she did a beautiful job. My brother wore it with a blue ribbon in place of the baby pink one I had and my Mum has put it up safe 🙂

      Best wishes

  9. Charlotte, you’re as lovely as your stunning voice! What a gift you are giving to the world by singing. Stay with it! Thank you for sharing it with me.

  10. Hello, it sounds like you are a very busy girl- I wish you all the best with your music! Are you native to Glasgow? Thank you for following and liking my blog- I hope you enjoy it! xx

    1. Hi Lauren, I’m from Mid-Cheshire in England about 30 minutes drive to Chester, 45 minutes to Manchester and 50 minutes to Liverpool. I’ve been in Glasgow for a year and love the City, I’d never been before my first audition and didn’t know what to expect. The train journey home is about 3 hours. I like the way you’re doing an a-z of blog posts.

      Best wishes

  11. “And the Dear Green Place I miss so much
    Has seen much better days
    But still we talk about her
    As we go our separate ways.

    1. Hi Kim, living on the French Riviera must be lovely. I need to start learning more French, I started language learning with German at school and last year Italian. Were you born in Nice?

      Best wishes

  12. Thanks for following StilettosStoliandScribbles! Good luck with the rest of your exciting summer!

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