Charlotte Newstead

My earliest musical training was in my home county of Suffolk, where I studied piano and singing and explored the world of choral music. I went on to read music at the University of Bristol, graduating with a Masters Degree with distinction.

Before Covid struck, I maintained a busy and varied concert and recital schedule, covering a wide range of genres including all the major oratorio works from composers such as JS Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak, Gounod, Elgar, Orff, Tippett and Karl Jenkins.

Much as I love the classics, I am also passionate about keeping music alive and growing the repertoire. To that end, I am actively involved in commissioning, promoting and performing new works by living composers.

I’ve appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the UK performing such works as Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Berg’s Seven Early Songs and Villa Lobos’s Bachianas Brasilieras.

I’ve sung in venues throughout the country from St John’s Smith Square, Snape Maltings, St Martin in the Fields, St George’s Brandon Hill and Dorchester Abbey to Salisbury Cathedral, Bath Abbey and Petersfield Festival Hall.
As well as my own concert life, I maintain a busy teaching studio for students at all stages of the singing journey, from beginners to professional musicians.

I have also been running Music Appreciation classes for adults since 2011 and these have become increasingly popular, especially since Covid. All the classes run on-line using Zoom and have become a huge part of my life, aligning really well with my passion for making classical music more accessible to everyone.