Welcome To My Blog

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:

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1,688 thoughts on “Welcome To My Blog

  1. Charlotte, I admire your dedication and drive to perfect and share your craft! You are very talented, and I look forward to hearing your progress! Thanks too for following my blog. I agree that everyone has a unique perspective and it is great to learn from so many! Cheers, Lynne

    1. Hi Lynne,
      I enjoy so many blogs I’ve seen places in the world I would never have thought to go to. Seen photos of rodeos and tepees, read posts on everything from cooking to writing creatively it is fabulous.
      Best wishes

  2. Thank you for following my blog!. I admire your dreams, and your drive to achieve them. You have great talent. I wish you well on your journey.

    1. Hi Nina, that’s what’s great about the Conservatoire I can book a room and practise to my hearts content 😉 I’m a little loud for apartment living.
      Best wishes

  3. Hi Charlotte see that you singing in Blackburn over the weekend where abouts.Is the comp open to visitors.I have a suggestion of a song you might be interested in.I first heard it sung by a young oprano years ago at one of our concerts and thought it was beautiful.It is called Think on me.I found a rendition of it sung by Isobel Bailey (have you heard of her she was a favourite when I was growing up).Anyway if you get a chance have a listen and see what you think all the best for the weekend MAURICE

    1. Hi Maurice, the competition is open to visitors and the tickets are available on the door on the day. There are three sessions through the day and I will be singing in the first session which starts at 10:00 am and runs through until 1:00 pm. and will be held In the concert hall. The cost for the morning session is £ 3.00 and I will be singing at 12:20 pm.

      The address is King George Hall, Northgate, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1AA.

      Here are some directions that I found on the internet:

      By Road: Blackburn town centre. From M6 Junction 31 follow A667 into Blackburn or from M65 Junction 4 follow A666 to Blackburn. Feilden Street Car Park is perfectly situated only a short walk away. Tap BB2 1LH into your SatNav. On street parking in the area may be free on Sundays so it may be worth checking if you can get there.

      If you can make it to the competition it would be great to see you again, but don’t worry if you can’t get there as I know it is quite a trek from where you live.

      I will check out the song that you suggested as soon as the competition is over, thanks for thinking of it for me 🙂

      Warmest wishes

  4. Glad you liked “worst scenario,” Charlotte. Saw a few of them when I reviewed theatrical productions many years for local newspaper. Thanks for the like and for your comment. Didn’t know about a book on the subject.

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog and I appreciate the following too. I am going to poke around and see what gems you have to offer as I follow you too. You have a beautiful voice. Thanks again!

    1. Thank you for popping in and leaving your lovely message, you need to link your gravatar to your blog so when you click on the comment it goes straight to your last post 😉
      All the best

  6. Hi Charlotte and thanks for stopping by and following my blog …what an amazing journey you’ve taken so far….I love blog world it makes this global village of ours so much smaller….I’m ex of the UK now in New Zealand…but the internet often makes me feel like I’m in the next room 🙂

  7. Charlotte,

    Thank you for following my blog today. I’m so delighted to have the chance to follow your journey! You have a beautiful voice and such a positive spirit.

    I’m looking forward to reading more,

    1. Hi Tarissa, Thanks for dropping in I’m pleased you did. I’m an optimistic person I have down days like everyone but on the whole I expect them to improve 😉

      Best wishes

  8. Hi Charlotte, So nice of you to follow my blog musings. I enjoyed spending time at your place and will be back soon to listen to your musical gifts! LOVED the artwork and would love to know more about how to make it, so will be back! All the best as you realize your dreams–I hope to visit Scotland one day, it is a place that calls to me!

    1. Hello, your musings about writing or going to the gym made me chuckle it reminds me of my friend who has just started going to the gym again so she can eat more goodies on her diet. I hope you get chance to pop back, I’m hoping to get stuck in to making some Christmas cards soon so I might do a post about them 😉 Scotland is lovely, I’ve ventured from Glasgow to Edinburgh but I’ve been told the Highlands are fabulous too.

      Best wishes

  9. Hello Charlotte – You have a lovely and elegant voice. I wish you every success. Thank you for stopping by my blog so we could discover each other. I’m a fiction writer and a “work in progress.” I look forward to your posts.

  10. Hi Charlotte – Your voice is lovely and elegant. I wish you every success and look forward to more of your posts. So glad you stopped by my blog so we could discover each other.

  11. Just watched (listened to?) your amazing performances of “My Ship” and “On My Own” on your website. Thanks so much for making my day! Good luck on your journey. Oh, and thanks for the blog follow!

  12. All the very best with your training, Charlotte. You have a beautiful voice and hopefully a fabulous career ahead of you! I hope I can come to hear you sing someday.

    Oh, and many thanks for following my blog.

    Anthony x

  13. Thanks for liking and following me! You have a beautiful voice! I used to sing classical music too, like I say in my blog. Hope you’ll have a long and successful career!

    1. Hi Marianne, shame you’re not so keen on Operas I love them when they’re performed well but its good your taste is so eclectic. Thank you for your good wishes.

      All the best

  14. Dear Charlotte, I wish you much success in your training and career as a soprano. Your voice is lovely and I do so look forward to hearing more of it. I also thank you for visiting, liking and following “Learning to Blog.” Unfortunately, there isn’t going to be any more to like or follow. It was time to stop “learning” and start doing, so I’ve begun a new blog in its place. The link is in the last post, “New Blog, New URL.” (Or on my gravitar.) Come by to visit when you can. 🙂

    1. Hi Nina, thank you for your good wishes, I’m glad you enjoyed my music. I took a look at your new blog it’s great that you’ve taken it up I keep trying to talk my Grandpa who is his 80s into it so he can keep a track on us all.

      Best wishes

    1. Hi Angelo, thanks for your visit I went to see ‘Gravity’ in 3D last night at the cinema it was a good concept and a great 3D watch but there wasn’t enough thriller in it for me 😉 have you seen it yet?

      Best wishes

  15. Thanks for following my blog (www.cubabusdiaries.com) …and I’m so glad it’s given me the chance to discover you! Beautiful, beautiful voice and spirit. Though only a “sing in the shower” singer myself, I have several opera singers in my family. (You might be interested to google my cousin’s son: Patrick O’Halloran, who after years of very hard work is finding success.) I very much look forward to following your career!

  16. Hi Charlotte, I hope you won’t mind a request. Lately I have been unable to record because my voice has been rough for three months. Acording to the ENT there is nothing ‘sinister’ – on the other hand, they can’t do anything about it.

    Today I met someone similar, except she has lost her voice entirely. This is what she squeaked to me: ‘My career as a singer is over before it has even begun.’

    So I was was wondering if one day, if you are so inclined, you might tell us what the professionals advise singers/actors in such circumstances.

    1. Hi Rod, great question I will definitely do my research and do a blog post about this, I don’t want to just shoot an answer straight off it’s too important 😉

      Best wishes

  17. Dear Charlotte,
    let me first congratulate, that you have a lovely and expressive soprano. I wish you will have much success with you career and looking forward to read and hear more of it. Music is a part of my life. I am not a singer but love the opera. I will not forget to thank you for visiting, liking and following me.
    Best wishes from the north of Germany

  18. Thanks for following my blog. I wish you the best on your journey and I know you will succeed as you are determined. I’m looking forward to following your career. I admire those with the capacity to sing, I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket!!

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