Biography

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.

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1,683 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Thank you for following my blog. Your blog is outstanding and your voice is beautiful. Great writing on the Winter Solstice. I write children’s fairy tales, and believe in all things unseen. While observing your blog, a new story is developing. It is about a beautiful young singer with a mysterious past, who is actually a princess from a time long ago.
    Have a Happy New Year. May all your dreams come true.

  2. Hello Charlotte,
    I started listening to your music when you added me on Google+ last summer.
    I never used to like opera at all and I wanted you to know that I now enjoy it because of your singing!
    You have such a beautiful voice and your singing inspires me to excel at my instrument (piano).
    Thank you!
    -Rebecca

  3. Greetings, Charlotte, and thank you for following my blog. I’m honored. It’s such a joy–and an inspiration– to hear of your determination to be a great singer. I wish you the very best.

      1. Thanks. That’s gorgeous. I’m listening as I type, and I’m wishing I could do that. You make it look effortless–which I happen to know it isn’t. In case wishes can speed your career on, I’m adding mine to the tailwind.

  4. Thanks for the follow! I was just thinking about you the other day. When I dropped off the Internet and deleted my old blog I lost all my followers, contacts, etc. One by one I’ve been getting some of them back but I had no idea how to find you. I couldn’t recall how to spell your name!

    Anyway, I hope your singing career has progressed! I will be sure to longer on your blog a bit and see if I can “catch up” with you.

    It is so good to see you!

  5. After writing for and deleting several blogs, now opting for a comment-less and ‘like’-less public journal rather than a blog, I’ve only rarely been able to discover why people decide to follow what I write or ‘like’ it. Sometimes even asking after it has received incredibly aggressive responses. I wondered about why you would follow after it but this about page sums it up nicely at the end. If you find anything I write to be of particular interest feel free to send me an e-mail, listed on my own about page, as it allows for a freer hand in discussion than WordPress’s comment system.

  6. You have a fantastic voice, Charlotte, and I can’t see how you could fail at reaching the very top of your profession. Your blog looks amazing, too, and incredibly popular. I’ve just read your last post about the Dickens Museum in London. Wonderful. I’ll hop back and comment on it now. 🙂

  7. Lovely to cross virtual paths with you Charlotte. Thanks for following my blog, now I am following yours. I just might add; “read an opera blog entry daily” to my DIY curriculum at MAWL The Mott Academy of Writing Librettos.

    It’s good to know what the experience of opera singers are. As I write, it’s not only for the composers whom I need to inspire to compose but also for the performers who will take my words and bring them to life. There is much to learn. I like your approach and intend to check back on this web log often.

    May you go from strength to strength.

    MMN aka Opera Abecederian

    1. Thank you Marianna, I enjoy working on new compositions I look forward to reading more of your posts as soon as my current exam preparations are over 😊
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  8. An excellent performance at Walton Hall last night and great to chat to you afterwards as well! Thanks for coming, look forward to seeing you again in the future (maybe in Berlin?!)

  9. Hello, Charlotte! You have just started following our blog (thank you), and we are now following your career. Fate—with help from the Web—puts us likeminded music lovers together, yes? … I’m a conservatory grad (piano performance at Oberlin Conservatory and Masters degree from Indiana U), an avid Metropolitan Opera subscriber, Live in HD viewer, Carnegie Hall “great singers” and “Keyboard artists” series subscriber, the list goes on… I’m so very excited to cyber-meet you!! Looking forward to more of your clips, recital and competition plans. Any NYC travel plans? Brava, Jean

    1. Lovely to meet you Jean, one of my friends went to Indiana U it’s always nice to knock on cyber doors and meet people you wouldn’t normally bump into. I love serendipity. I would like to sing in NYC I knocked on a few doors so you never know 😊 but no plans so far.
      I’ve a hectic schedule up to the end of this trimester and I like to blog in my relaxing time, keep in touch.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  10. I wanted to stop by and thank you for checking out my blog and then I started looking around and all i can say is WOW! You are one talented lady with a whole lotta drive. Super impressive. Best of luck in all your endeavors. I will look for updates in my reader.

    Best Regards,

    Catrina

  11. Hello Charlotte, It’s lovely to meet you. Thanks for finding my blog and following. Looks like you have another wonderful and challenging year ahead. I’ll be watching your future career, I’m sure you’re heading for even bigger things. Cheerios, CC

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