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.
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.
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,
"Charles MacDougall - "The Evangelist of Dalby" - was sensitive and powerful and he is made for storytelling!"
- Anita Andersson, Director,
Dalby Kammakör, Sweden
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
Artistic Director, Encore Summer School
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
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.`
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