An Evening at the Opera
Charlotte Brosnan, Soprano
Robert Mingay-Smith, Piano
Come and enjoy an enchanted evening of popular Opera and classic show tunes.
Originally from Hertfordshire, Charlotte Brosnan is a professional singer based in London. Charlotte graduated with an honours degree in music from Nottingham University in 2008, she then moved to Rome to study singing and Italian.
Until recently, Charlotte was a full-time member of Apollo5, an international award-winning vocal group that perform all around the world each year, mixing classical music with jazz, pop and contemporary composition. Through her work with Apollo5, Charlotte travelled around the world and the UK delivering workshops and facilitating education projects.
In January 2017, Charlotte assumed the position of Visiting Choral Director at the City of London School for Girls. She enjoys a wide variety of teaching responsibilities for various schools and national organisations, namely The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, The Voices Foundation and Youth Choir Kenya. Charlotte works as a soprano section leader for NYCGB and YCK, helping young sopranos develop their vocal technique and musicianship on residential courses. She particularly enjoys teaching her regular vocal students in South West London.
Robert Mingay-Smith began his musical career as an organist at the age of 14 and completed the ABRSM Organ Diploma for performance at the age of 19. In 1998 he became Director of Music at St Peter’s Church in Brandon, Suffolk after which he commenced his studies in organ, voice and bassoon at Trinity College of Music, London. Robert graduated with a BMUS (Hons) in 2005.
During his career, Robert has held choral scholarships at both St Edmundsbury Cathedral and St Martin-in-the-fields, and posts as Assistant Director of Music at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, and St. Michael’s Cornhill, London.
From 2009 to 2013 Robert was a member of the British vocal ensemble VOCES8 with whom he toured world-wide. During his time with the ensemble they recorded six CDs including the Bach Motets and Aces High.
Robert performs regularly as an organ soloist in the UK and at many of London’s churches and cathedrals. He has performed all over America and in concerts improvising alongside Naji Hakim. He is a founder member of the flute & organ duo INVERSION, alongside the award-winning flautist Ruth Stockdale with whom he tours internationally.
Robert founded the Square Mile Music Series and is artist director of the new ensemble Seraphim (www.seraphimconsort.com); both of which are based at St Mary-at-Hill Church, London where Robert is the Director of Music, a post he has held since 2007. Robert is also Director of Music at St John the Baptist, Wimbledon.