An Exciting Year Ahead


September is upon us and I’m about to return to London to start the second and final year of my Masters of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music.

Update Jul 2018: I’m excited to announce that in recognition of my efforts during my first year I have been given a RCM award towards my studies. This wonderful news has really boosted my enthusiasm and I can’t wait for the new term to start.   I have a busy year ahead as I have to explore what options are available to me when I complete my post-graduate degree.  With new repertoire to master and several engagements already booked for the months ahead, I will need to stay completely focused and immerse myself into my studies.

Update:  My award is gratefully received from The RCM the Worshipful Company of Cutlers called the Charles Jacob Scholarship and the Opperby Stokowski Scholarship.  This is a huge help towards part of my tutition fees for this year.  I hope to meet the society members at some point to thank them in person after writing to them.

It is an exciting period for me and I can’t wait to get started.  In October, I return for the final leg of the BambinO tour, teaming up again with Tim, Stuart, Laura, and the team from Scottish Opera for our performances in Glasgow.

Scottish Opera

Then on December 2nd I will be performing the Soprano solos in the Blackburn Music Society’s production of Handel’s Messiah at Blackburn Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Blackburn, BB1 5AA.  We will be conducted on the day by Tom Newall and it will be great to catch up with him again.  The performance starts at 7:00 pm and tickets for the event can be obtained through the BMS website.

Blackburn Music Society

The following Saturday, December 9th, 2017 I have been asked to perform with the Thames Philharmonic Choir for their Winter Concert conducted by John Bate.  I will be singing the Soprano solos in Purcell’s ‘O Sing Unto the Lord’, Pergolesi’s ‘Magnificat’ and Handel’s ‘Laudate Pueri’.  The choir will also be performing Richard Rodney Bennett’s Five Carols to complete the program.  The concert will be held at All Saints Church, 14-16 Market Pl, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP and it starts at 7:30 pm.

Thames Philharmonic Choir

As the Christmas term draws to a close I will be performing with the Salford Choral Societyaccompanied by the Northern Baroque Sinfonia. For this concert, I will again be singing the Soprano solos in Handel’s ‘Messiah’ conducted by Tom Newall.  The performance will be at the Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD at 7:30 PM on Saturday, December 16th, 2017. Tickets for the event can be obtained through the RNCM website.

Salford Choral Society

I have always loved to sing and perform and over the years that I have been studying, both in Glasgow and now here in London, I can honestly say that this love affair with singing has developed into a true passion.  The intensity of emotion that I experience each time I perform brings a joy to me that is hard to explain, I just know that I never want it to end. So, whatever the future has in store for me I hope that singing will be a huge part of it.

89 thoughts on “An Exciting Year Ahead

  1. Oh my gosh.. you hope singing will be a part of your future? I dare say, you were born to sing! Born to bring joy to the world, with your talent! Rest assured, that you have many more glorious years of delighting audiences and fulfilling your destiny! Enjoy the rest of this exciting year, as though you were born to do this, because you were!

  2. What great tidings, dear Charlotte! My congratulations! You deserve this scholarship and I wish you a brilliant year & to learn new facets of your natural talent! 🙂

  3. What exciting times! Congratulations on the scholarship, and best wishes for the entire year! Keep us posted on your activities on the way to the great career I am sure you will have.

  4. Congratulations on the scholarship! It sounds like a busy performance schedule, particularly given that you’ll be in the midst of your studies. It’s great that every experience brings joy! I think you are headed towards a fantastic career.

  5. If enthusiasm were all that was needed, your future would be both secure and glorious.

    I don’ think you’ve a single follower who doubts for one second that you have all the talent, and more than enough of the application, to go as far as you want to go. We are in your corner forever, cheering you on, waving little “Charlotte is Brill” flags constantly.

    Make the most of everything. Trust in your talent, in your voice. We will all be proud of you whatever you do.

    With everybody’s love.

    1. Awww you nearly made me cry 💕 thank you so much Martin. It’s going to be hard but I’m not one for heading away from a challenge, I’m surrounded by talented people for sure.
      Best wishes

  6. Wouaw , congratulations, félicitation miss Rainbow Voice , you are fabulous !!
    All the best for you, all my best thoughts ! Mon amie tu es formidablement talentueuse !!!

  7. I’m sure it that the future will be fill of singing engagements that will take you all over the world, and to all the major auditoriums and festivals. Congratulations on your scholarship, and have a wonderful year. Perhaps try and catch a live prom, they are inexpensive and are one of the great things top experience and attend in London. I miss them a lot. Best wishes and blessings, Charles.

    1. I would love that Charles. I’m keen to get started again my 6th year, the time has flown by. I’d love to go a live Prom, I have tickets for more events this term at The Wigmore Hall and an Opera.
      Best wishes

  8. This is such wonderful news, Charlotte! You are so talented and work so hard that you deserve all the praise and support you get! One day I would love to come and hear you sing live! Until then I wish you well in all your endeavours and will continue to listen to the recordings I have! xx <3 xx

    1. Thank you Clare, when I’m doing what I love it doesn’t feel like hard work. I’m really grateful for you downloading my recordings it’s how I’m staying afloat in London.
      Best wishes

  9. Congratulations on the scholarship, Charlotte! It’s well deserved! You are talented and hard-working. I wish you all the best always! Enjoy your performances and the joy you feel! I’m sure all the audience experiences great pleasure in hearing you sing! 😘🤗xx

    1. Thank you Janice for your enduring good wishes I appreciate you always :). I’ve got a lovely little performance in an hospital coming up too which is a new experience.
      Best wishes

      1. You are most welcome, Charlotte! Oh, your performance in the hospital will cheer up many patients! You are a sure cure and will to bring a smile to the patient’s faces! Have fun! 😘❤️🤗xx

  10. Congrats on your scholarship! The lineup for your upcoming year is indeed exciting, Charlotte. I’m sure you can transition to a professional music career smoothly. BTW, have you heard of the Jacquin Trio? They’re based in London. I just had dinner with the mother of the pianist of that trio a few days ago. She was a graduate of the RCM too. Small world. 🙂

    1. I haven’t Arti but I’ve just looked them up, all alum of the RCS and RCM I shall look out to see if they have a performance in London this year and try to go along. It is a small world. Thank you :).
      Best wishes

  11. What great news about the scholarship. I remember when you were deciding to take on the Masters you were the eensy bit hesitant about the expense. You backed yourself, and now it has paid off. Congratulations. As others have said, it seems you were born to sing – AND you have been prepared to put in the work to perfect your art. I’m thrilled for you.

    1. My Dad always says if you’re not prepared to back yourself why should you expect other people too, slow and steady. I’m doing what I love, so here’s to the start of year 6!
      Best wishes

      1. That is EXACTLY what I told myself when deciding whether to pay an editor to work with me on my memoir. And that led to an agent and a publishing deal. But only because I was prepared to work hard too. Enjoy this next year 😀

  12. Great news about the scholarship Charlotte, you deserve every penny, your commitment is without question and your hard work is commendable. Me and Terry are pleased to see your itinerary is bringing you to Manchester in December, we’ll be there and can’t wait! See you soon 😘

  13. That’s fabulous news Charlotte.
    Congratulations on getting a scholarship, it’s so true that hard work,
    Really does pay off eventually…
    Your photo is beautiful, you were born to sing.
    Enjoy the year ahead,we wish you lots of success..😘😘🤗

    1. I hope you’re right, looking forward to the start of term and getting back into the swing of things. Glad you like the photo I’ll send you a copy :).
      Best wishes
      Charlotte 🙂

  14. Big congratulations on the scholarships! That is very encouraging and exciting at the same time. Another big congrats on having the performance schedule lines up till the end of the year. I am absolutely sure they make you real exciting for the time to come. It is very good to be able to do what you are studying while you also studying. It like putting fuel into the right fire.. I am excited for you!

  15. I am so excited for you – Congratulations! But seriously, Charlotte, I am not the least surprised!!! You are living the dream – cherish each moment and enjoy yourself!!

    1. Thank you, Christine, there’s only so much I can plan as many decisions are out of my hands but it will be interesting to see where the wheel stops spinning :).
      Best wishes

  16. Dear Charlotte,
    Congrats on the scholarship award and your wonderful degree program that will come to a successful conclusion this year. I look forward to seeing you walk down the pathway of your wonderful career in music. May the Lord bless you richly my beloved.

  17. Well done re the scholarship; a thrill indeed. Best of luck for the next year. The Messiahs look very interesting; I must see if I can get to one. Lovely photos of you too!

    1. PS. How amazing you visited Iași; it’s where Petronela did her degree (history), where I taught (English) in several schools and, in one of them met Petronela. They have wonderful opera seasons in Iași but not, unfortunately, in the summer but I had a season ticket when I lived there (and for the Filarmonica concerts). Piatra Neamț is particularly beautiful in the Spring.

      1. Yes, it is such a small world. I visited the Opera House although there were no productions on and I have friends in the chorus there. It’s a beautiful Country and the direct flights to Iași now are very reasonably priced and convenient.
        Best wishes

    1. Thank you very much 😘. I appreciate your help 👍🏻. My parents are very supportive and I wouldn’t get this far without them, they love hearing about what I’m up to and I speak to my Mum nearly every day.
      Best wishes

  18. Definitely an exciting year ahead for you, and off to a wonderful start with the scholarship ~ I think it will be something amazing. Your talent and beauty is without question, but it is your personality that comes through with your writing, songs and your work that will ensure such happiness in the years ahead. A defining, exciting year ahead 🙂

  19. My reply to latest comment to me failed, so I brought it here.
    Thank you, but just the other day I told a friend of mine what a variety of readers I have and I mentioned you too. They didn’t believe me, so I brought up a past post of your to play for him. lol you would have loved his reaction!! He was floored by your voice! I just randomly hit the Archives and played “A Vision of Haugtussa”.

    1. Sometimes people expect me to have a small twee voice 😊 thank you for sharing my songs. I love your blog posts they’re a great education on a subject I wouldn’t investigate if it wasn’t for your blog.
      All my best wishes

  20. How wonderful for you, Charlotte! I’ve no doubt your final year of study will be a success. And my guess is that at the end of this year you will be swamped with offers for what to do next, which will be a wonderful problem to try and solve. 🙂

  21. Congratulations Charlotte, with my best wishes for the final year! I’m sure 😉 that all your dreams will come true! 👏🏻✨✨💫

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