“Welcome to my blog. I started blogging in March 2013 as a first-year Bachelor of Music student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I was born in Winsford, Cheshire, in NW England, there is more about my childhood here“
Here are some of my favourite blog post links with my resume.
Charlotte won the Pendine International Voice of the Future award 2018 at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. She previously won the Audience Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Competition; Highly Commended in the RCS Jean Highgate Competition; third place in the Hugh S Roberton Scots Song Competition in her second year at the RCS 2013 and was the vocal winner of the Warrington Competition for Young Musicians.
Following five-star reviews in 2017 for her ‘Uccelina’ in Scottish Opera/MIF/Improbable’s immersive opera for babies and toddlers ‘BambinO’ Charlotte continued the role in a tour of Paris organised by the Théâtre du Châtelet and subsequently the Metropolitan Opera in New York for a series of sold-out shows, she joined the second BambinO cast for a Scottish Highlands tour in autumn 2018.
In the Summer she performed in the inaugural Waterperry Opera Festival’s manor house creation of ‘Mansfield Park’ as ‘Maria Bertram’, and ‘Cunegonde’ in Surrey Opera’s ‘Candide’ at the magnificent cliff-top Minack Outdoor Theatre, Cornwall. Charlotte was guest soloist at the Tideswell Male Voice Choir Remembrance Concert on November 11th and sang in the Rachmaninov recital at Pushkin House in Bloomsbury, London. Concluding 2018 as ‘The Plaintiff’ in the one-act G&S Opera ‘Trial by Jury’ for Surrey Opera.
Previous opera roles include Zerlina (Don Giovanni) Manchester; Frasquita (Carmen) Berlin, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) Italy; First Witch (Dido and Aeneas) Scotland; and Eve (Dove’s: The Walk from the Garden) and Jessie Jnr (The Little White Town of Never Weary) for Scottish Opera.
Concert highlights included: Soprano Soloist with Skipton Camerata with the irrepressible Ben Crick just before Covid19 lockdown in March 2019 The Dance of the Furies; “La Dolce Speranza” by Carl Maria von Weber, conducted by Ben Palmer at The Royal College of Music. A Duet at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with the orchestra of Scottish Opera and as a soloist in venues such as the Buxton Opera House, Gawsworth Hall, and The Edinburgh Fringe. Purcell’s O Sing Unto the Lord, Pergolesi’s Magnificat and Handel’s Psalm 112 Laudate Pueri Dominium conducted by John Bate. Messiah soprano solo’s with Northern Baroque Sinfonia and the Salford Choral Society and the Lancashire Chamber Orchestra and Blackburn Music Society at Blackburn Cathedral conducted by Tom Newall.
As one of several students from European Conservatoires, she took part in a vocal masterclass with W. Stephen Smith at the AMUZ centre in Antwerp, Belgium. As a lied duo Charlotte and pianist George Todica experienced a week of intensive masterclasses as part of the International Edvard Grieg Society’s conference in Bergen, Norway, which culminated with her performing songs from ‘Haugtussa’ at a concert in Grieg’s home in Troldhaugen with a helpful travel award from the Hope Scott Trust and the duo performed at the Leeds Lieder Festival Fringe Concert. Charlotte also sang with pianist Dr. Leslie Howard at the Joint Music Societies Dinner representing the Gustav Mahler Society and a recital of Alma Mahler’s songs at the Royal Academy of Art ‘Women in Music’ following recitals in Catalonia performing alongside pianist Nestor Bayona at the Auditori Municipal Enric Granados, Lleida and at the Musitekton, Barcelona.
Charlotte holds a Master’s in Performance (Voice) from the Royal College of Music where she studied with Prof. Rosa Mannion, Andrew Robinson, and Simon Lepper, and a First Class Honours Degree in Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying under Judith Howarth. She is a dancer passing RAD ballet module at the highest grade whilst at the RCS, BBO qualifications tap and ballet at grade 7, IDTA Ballroom, Latin and advanced level Contemporary dance. She is also a 2nd Black Belt Dan in Karate, winning several National championships.
At the Royal College of Music she was supported by The Kathleen Trust and was an RCM award holder supported by the Charles Jacob Scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Cutlers; the Opperby Stokowski Scholarship; and a personal award provided to the RCM from Edwin and Hilary Custance Green who have also provided her with encouragement, advice and support during her studies. Charlotte successfully auditioned for The Josephine Baker Trust who work with young singers in the early years of their careers.
Her opera scenes have included: