Charles MacDougall

Charles MacDougall- Friday Afternoons Ambassador

Charles MacDougall is an award-winning tenor, choral director and vocal coach, known equally for his voice and his transformative work with choirs and singers.

His solo highlights have included: Handel’s Messiah (Hitomi Memorial Hall, Tokyo); Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Izumi Hall, Osaka); Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (The Guards’ Chapel, London); Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion (Dalby Kammarkör, Sweden); Harlequin in The Pioneer of Panto (Handel House, London); Bach Early Cantatas (Les Inventions, Dijon Opera House); and creating the role of Richard III in John Webb’s The Last Plantagenet (Philharmonia Orchestra, De Montford Hall). In 2018 he made his London Handel Festival debut with London Early Opera at St. George’s, Hanover Square (and appears on their recent releases Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1 & 2, Signum Classics). From 2014-2018 he regularly gave recitals across France and Belgium at the Commonwealth War Graves as part of the Centenary commemorations and he continues to maintain a busy schedule of solo work and recitals.

An experienced ensemble singer, he performs with the Gabrieli Consort, Seraphim and London Voices – among others – and has been involved in innovative collaborations with the James Taylor Quartet (Queen Elizabeth Hall). From 2005-2012, he was a member of VOCES8, performing over 100 concerts internationally each year. With the group, he released several successful commercial albums and made regular television and radio appearances, giving his final performance with them on Christmas Day 2012 in Shanghai. An accomplished choral conductor and vocal coach, he is Vocal Ensembles Coach and Tutor in Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Junior), Choral Director for The Voices Foundation, is Chorus Master for Gabrieli Roar, directs two choirs in London, coaches for the Royal School of Church Music and a number of collegiate and cathedral foundations, and is a choral animateur for the LSO. He is also the vocal coach for Pontinova Experience (Zurich), offering self-leadership coaching to senior executives and corporate partners internationally. Recent directing highlights include conducting the World Premiere of Errollyn Wallen’s MAP: Songs for children everywhere for Snape Maltings, as well as receiving the Music Teacher Award for Excellence in Primary/Early Years 2018 for his work as choral director in The Voices Foundation/DRET Singing Schools pilot programme.

He is proud to be an Ambassador for the Snape Maltings Friday Afternoons project, helping devise and deliver this extraordinary resource.


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Resource Author / Ambassador Category Description
Breathing and Airflow
Charles MacDougall
Tom Appleton
Top-tip video

Advice on breathing and airflow technique from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charles MacDougall and Tom Appleton.

Charles MacDougall
Top-tip video

Friday Afternoons Ambassador Charles MacDougall shows us some techniques on how to encourage your singers to sing more smoothly, with legato.

Sensational Singing Assemblies playlist
Charles MacDougall

This playlist is a chance to make some noise, work together, explore your voices and find that special unity that can only come from singing as a group. 

Spotlight on Errollyn Wallen
Charles MacDougall
Errollyn Wallen
Composer resource

A spotlight on Errollyn Wallen, featuring A Day in the Life of a Composer and an interview with Charles MacDougall.

Tempo, Pulse, Counting
Charles MacDougall
Emily Barden

Advice from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Emily Barden and Charles MacDougall on how to count and keep a steady pulse.