Happy Mothers Day

March 6, 2016 — 54 Comments

🌸🌸Happy Mothering Sunday 🌸🌸

10am Sunday I’m in London with all my family, heading to the AESS English competition final with George Todica 🎹🎶

Songs My Mother Taught Me; a video share for Mothering Sunday.


My program for the competition was an ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ compilation of the ‘Down The Rabbit Hole monologue’ and between each of seven English Art songs quotes and prose from the book that I so loved from my childhood.

Lewis Carroll published the novel in November 1865, 150 years ago, the novel was illustrated by John Tenniel and is one of the finest examples of the nonsense literature genre. Carroll was the pen name of the Reverend Charles Dodgson, he was born in Daresbury, Cheshire just a few miles from where I grew up.

During my research I read that ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ is the third most quoted book after the Bible and Shakespeare. I’ve read the book, watched movie adaptations, listened to audio-books and watched the wonderful ballet adaptation live from the Royal Opera House a couple of Christmas’ ago.

I had tremendous fun learning it, and my chosen English Art Songs and getting it to fit into a 20 minute coherent program.

George Todica accompanied me and I was so happy that he won an accompanist prize. I enjoyed listening to the prize winners, their programs were very similar in format to each other and were so well delivered that it must have been difficult to choose a winner.

Tonbridge school was a beautiful location to host the final and a big thank you to the organisers.

I am travelling back up to Scotland this evening as I have a packed couple of weeks ahead of me.


54 responses to Happy Mothers Day


    Love the photo, Charlotte, best of luck in the competition.


    Very nice to see you all – Happy mother Day, fingers cross for AESS English, and the best for all of you !


    Great! You look as though you deserve each other; it’s great to see.


      Thank you Terry, it is lovely to hear from you. My family are so supportive; they all came and watched the full competition yesterday; it was great performing for them.

      Best wishes


    Happy Mother’s Day to all, as we celebrate the second week in May in the USA. May the Lord bless you Charlotte with George as y’all perform to the glory of God.


    A very happy Mother’s Day to your Mother! Best of Luck to You and George. Enjoy the moment, Charlotte


      I updated my post with a photo Darlene; George won an accompanist prize which is brilliant as he’s busy at the moment trying to get the funding together for his second year of his masters.

      Best wishes


    Such a lovely and happy picture! Happy Mother’s Day!


    Charlotte, I hope your competition goes well. That’s a great photo.
    Is it Mother’s Day in the UK? We have it in May in Canada.

    Annette Rochelle Aben March 6, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    May this be a grand weekend for you and your Mum! You’ll nail the competition and enjoy it all the while. 🙂


      We did have a grand get together in London with Matt and the competition was just an hour away from his. I’ve updated the post with a photo and information about our program.

      Best wishes


    What a wonderful portrait of your mother and her children. Treasure it! May you always be as happy as you are there!


    Joyous picture! Bless you all.


    Happy Mother’s Day to your mum and have fun at the competition.


    Wonderful photo


    Lovely photo, Charlotte! Happy Mother’s Day to your mother! Good luck with the competition! Xo


      Cheers Janice, I won just getting the opportunity to go to the final and do something different. I created something quite unique to me and I’m proud of it as a piece of work.

      Best wishes


    How lovely that your family were all together this weekend – your mum must have been so happy! Congratulations to George for his prize. These competitions are fiercely fought aren’t they, and the standards are so high that it must be so difficult to choose. It is often such a tiny detail or mere personal taste that decides where the prizes go.


      I get really inspired to work hard to put programs together for these events. I’ve never done a competition like this one before and I learnt a lot from the opportunity to go to the final.

      Best wishes


        It is similar to my daughter producing an art portfolio to take to an interview – a lot of work is involved! I love the way you are able to make everything you do a learning opportunity – despite a few disappointments and upsets you remain optimistic and ready for the next challenge. You are a wonder, Charlotte and deserve to go far! My prayers and best wishes go with you, Clare


    Wonderful photos–and, as always, a delightful post.

    You are such a wonderful star!


      Thanks Dan, there’s only one response to that: Twinkle twinkle little bat, how I wonder what you’re at? Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky! 🙂

      Best wishes


    What a beautiful family! 🙂


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    Charlotte Hoather is so beautiful. Her voice – magic! Her presence – true greatness! Another UK phenomenon!


    Well done to you both! Fabulous pictures of you all 😘


      Thanks Gill, I was very surprised to get into the final as my program is quite bonkers and loud! You’d love it. Can you remember when I did the monologue for the Search for a Star at school? 🙂 I expanded on it.

      Best wishes


    Beautiful photographs of you and the family. My father was a great fan of Paul Robeson and I remember clearly Robeson’s singing of “Songs my Mother taught me” – Dad collected old 78s.


      I’ll have to try to listen to his version John; I love this cycle of songs. I had put some work into learning them but had to put them on hold for a short while. Glad to bring back some good memories to you.

      Best wishes


    Wonderful photos! And congrats on your performance. Glad to hear you’re doing so well in London and that you’re thoroughly enjoying yourself. 🙂


      Thank you Arti, I’m not in London studying until September, we used the night bus, it was a brilliant coincidence that it was Mothering Sunday. I hope that you and your family are well.

      Best wishes


    You certainly have a wonderful voice, Charlotte. I pray it remains as part of your future. Peace.


    Hi Charlotte
    You have such an exciting and happening profession, and interesting blog too. I enjoy reading a blog that is entirely different from mine!


    Thanks for the info about Alice in Wonderland. I like the quote about doing impossible things before breakfast, or maybe about not making a note of something awful. That old queen was pretty savvy.

    And Happy Mother;s Day to your Mom, if a bit late. there is something of an Alice in Wonderland look about You!


      I always wore Alice bands as a child and I imagined I was her, I love the six impossible things before breakfast quote too, it’s a reminder to just be brave and go for it.
      My other favourite is “Am I bonkers?”
      Her Dad replied “I’m afraid so!”
      ‘But then all the best people are!”
      Best wishes


    PS your voice is getting richer and fuller. Soon you will put Rene Fleming out of work.


    Thank you for sharing your wonderful day with us, Charlotte. Your photos are stunning, and I’m so glad the competition went so well. The information about Alice in Wonderland was interesting, too. I didn’t know it was the third most quoted book. You have a truly amazing voice and I’m sure your family is very proud of you. I wish you every happiness and success in the future.


    Amazing singing!

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