tenor

Charles is available as a soloist or consort singer and is comfortable both on the concert platform and in more intimate recital settings. He regularly performs a wide variety of repertoire from the baroque to English Song, as well as jazz and lighter repertoire. He has a number of well-established recital programmes popular with festivals, but is happy to discuss bespoke programmes to suit your requirements.

 

Operatic Work

 

2016

Nerone - (scenes from) L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi. Music of the Spheres

 

2015

Richard III - The Last Plantagenet by Webb. Philharmonia Orchestra. De Montford Hall

 

Select Oratorio Solo

 

2016

Tenor - Messiah by G.F. Handel. Bournemouth Bach Choir. Christchurch Priory

Evangelist - Johannes-Passion by J.S.Bach. Dalby Kammarkör. Sweden

Tenor - 1610 Vespers by Monteverdi. Bournemouth Bach Choir. Christchurch Priory

Tenor - The Crucifixion by Stainer. Esher Parish Church

 

2015

Evangelist - Johannes-Passion by J.S.Bach. Dalby Kammarkör. Sweden

 

2013

Tenor - Messiah by G.F. Handel. Jericho Ensemble

 

2012

Tenor - Weinachts-Oratorium by J.S.Bach. Telemann Chamber Orchestra. Izumi Hall, Osaka, Japan

Tenor - Messiah by G.F.Handel. Telemann Chamber Orchestra. Hitomi Memorial Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Tenor - Cantatas 66, 103, 140 and 150 by J.S.Bach. Les Inventions. Festival Bach en Combrailles, France

Tenor - Cantatas 66, 106 and 150 by J.S.Bach. Les Inventions. Dijon Opera House, France

Tenor - 1610 Vespers by Monteverdi. Charivari Agréable

 

Select Recitals

 

2016

Shakespeare Transposed: Elizabethan Lyrics in Song. Warwick Words, Lord Leycester Hospital

Brooke and Brown. Encore Summer School, Surbiton

Six Elizabethan Lyrics. Encore Summer School., Surbiton

Shaking the Blues Away.  Bramley Festival, Surrey

 

2015

The Isle of Lost Dreams: The Poetry of the Great War in Song. Private Recital, Surrey

Dal Pianto alla Gioia (including UK première of 17th-Century Tarantelle) with Music of the Spheres Ensemble. The Study Society, Barons Court

An English Orpheus; or, The Peculiar Genius of Henry Purcell. Encore Summer School, Surbiton

Rule, Britannia: English Baroque Opera. Kingston URC

 

2014

The Birds' Lament: the folksong of the British Isles and the flowering of English Song. Square Mile Recital Series, City of London

 

2014-18

Recital tours of the Commonwealth War Graves, Belgium and France

 

2011

Handel in Ireland.  Handel House Museum Debut Solo Recital

A Shepherd in a Shade (solo recital with Sam Chapman, Lute). Chapelle de l’Oratoire, Avignon, France

choral animateur

Charles works as an animateur and conductor at both the grass-roots of music making - introducing singing and music to children who have never before had the opportunity to find their own voices, leading community and youth choirs - and also at the advanced level, offering bespoke choral training for top-level amateur or professional ensembles seeking to develop their ensemble and choral skills.

 

Permanent positions held

 

  • Director, Landmark Singers
  • Programme Director, The Voices Foundation
  • Senior Workshop Leader, London Youth Choirs
  • Animateur, LSO Discovery
  • Director, Encore
  • Artistic Director, Encore Summer School

 

Guest appearances

 

  • Animateur, Aldeburgh Music
  • Director, RSCM 3 Day Evensong Course
  • Assistant Musical Director and Vocal Coach, Uppingham Choral Course
  • Musical Director, Kingston Primary Singing Festival
  • Musical Director, David Ross Education Trust Schools Singing Festival (North and South editions)
  • Chorus Master, Philharmonia Orchestra, "The Last Plantagenet"
  • Musical Director, Independent State School Partnership Project

vocal coach

Charles enjoys the challenge of voice training at all levels, helping beginners find their voice, young professionals develop their technical abilities and performance practice, diagnosing and fixing problems of vocal health or technical concerns and nurturing the growing singer and their unique instruments.  He is equally at ease with one to one teaching, masterclasses for aspiring performers, or choral workshops. Bespoke vocal and choral days can be designed for your organisation, choir or ensemble in consultation.`

 

Positions held

 

  • Senior Chorister Vocal Coach, Portsmouth Cathedral and Grammar School
  • Chorister Vocal Coach, Whitgift School and Croydon Minster
  • Vocal Coach, Royal School of Church Music Residentiary Choir