Christmas Salon 2018
Charles MacDougall, Tenor
Robert Mingay-Smith, Piano
Join us at the Surbiton Salons as Charles MacDougall (Tenor) and Robert Mingay-Smith (Piano) return to perform their annual Christmas recital at the home of Liz Magennis. Stuffed with festive classics, this evening will bring warmth and joy to a chilly December night.
Mulled wine, mince pies and festive nibbles served.
Charles & Rob are known for their tailored musical interpretations, sharp and snappy appearance and their tightly woven friendship so visible in performance. The pair, although best of friends for many years, embarked on their musical partnership as the tenor duo in international award-winning vocal ensemble VOCES8. These two artists now work together as a collaborative duo creating and performing well-researched and varied programmes.
“This pairing has almost telepathic communication and obvious joy in cooperation; this is music-making which unites performers and audience in relishing talent and expertise… it appears effortless yet elicits admiration, and in this case, sends you away feeling privileged to have witnessed something wonderful.” – Ann Muir (Square Mile Music Series Review–June 2014)
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.