about

tenor

testimonials

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/Monteverdi.  Music of the Spheres.

2015.  Richard III.  The Last Plantagenet/Webb.  Philharmonia Orchestra.  De Montford Hall.

 

Select Oratorio Solo

 

2016.  Tenor. Messiah/G.F. Handel. Bournemouth Bach Choir. Christchurch Priory

2016.  Evangelist.  Johannes-Passion/J.S.Bach.  Dalby Kammarkör, Sweden.

2016.  Tenor.  1610 Vespers/Monteverdi.  Bournemouth Bach Choir. Christchurch Priory.

2016.  Tenor.  The Crucifixion/Stainer. Esher Parish Church.

2015.  Evangelist.  Johannes-Passion/J.S.Bach.  Dalby Kammarkör, Sweden.

2013.  Tenor.  Messiah/G.F. Handel.  Jericho Ensemble.

2012.  Tenor. Weinachts-Oratorium/J.S.Bach.  Telemann Chamber Orchestra. Izumi Hall, Osaka, Japan.

2012.  Tenor.  Messiah/G.F.Handel.  Telemann Chamber Orchestra. Hitomi Memorial Hall, Tokyo, Japan.

2012.  Tenor.  Cantatas 66, 103, 140 and 150/J.S.Bach.  Les Inventions.  Festival Bach en Combrailles, France.

2012.  Tenor.  Cantatas 66, 106 and 150/J.S.Bach.  Les Inventions.  Dijon Opera House, France.

2012.  Tenor.  1610 Vespers/Monteverdi.  Charivari Agréable.

 

Select Recitals

 

2016.  Shakespeare Transposed: Elizabethan Lyrics in Song. Warwick Words, Lord Leycester Hospital.

2016.  Brooke and Brown. Encore Summer School, Surbiton.

2016.  Six Elizabethan Lyrics. Encore Summer School., Surbiton.

2016.  Shaking the Blues Away.  Bramley Festival, Surrey.

2015.  The Isle of Lost Dreams: The Poetry of the Great War in Song. Private Recital, Surrey.

2015.  Dal Pianto alla Gioia (including UK première of 17th-Century Tarantelle) with Music of the Spheres Ensemble. The Study Society, Barons Court.

2015.  An English Orpheus; or, The Peculiar Genius of Henry Purcell. Encore Summer School, Surbiton.

2015.  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.

2011.  A Shepherd in a Shade (solo recital with Sam Chapman, Lute).  Chapelle de l’Oratoire, Avignon, France.

"It is also good to hear two of Handel’s rarely-performed English songs, The Advice  and The Melancholy Nymph, especially when as well and gracefully performed as here, by Sophie Bevan and Charles MacDougall, respectively."

- Alastair Harper, Early Music Review,

May 2016

"Charles MacDougall - "The Evangelist of Dalby" - was sensitive and powerful and he is made for storytelling!"

- Anita Andersson, Director,

Dalby Kammakör, Sweden

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

"Following last year's Primary Music Festivals and the positive feedback from all schools about Charles MacDougall's leadership, we are delighted to be developing a longer-term relationship with Charles, supported by The Voices Foundation."

- Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music, David Ross Education Trust, 2017

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

"Bravo to you Charles. I am new to RCS and wanted to thank you for your amazing tips on vocal techniques, posture. You were very engaging, humorous and animated in your approach."

- member of the Rochester Choral Society after a workshop