The Lute Songs of John Dowland


29 Aug 2018


7:30 pm


Liz Magennis'

Charles MacDougall, Tenor
Toby Carr, Lute


Charles MacDougall

Charles MacDougall is an award-winning tenor, choral animateur and vocal coach, known equally for his voice and his transformative work with choirs and singers. Recent solo highlights have included: creating the role of Richard III in John Webb’s The Last Plantagenet (Philharmonia Orchestra, De Montford Hall); Handel’s Messiah (Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Hitomi Memorial Hall, Tokyo); Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Telemann Chamber Orchestra, Izumi Hall, Osaka); Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (The Guards’ Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London); Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion (Dalby Kammarkör, Sweden); Harlequin in The Pioneer of Panto (Handel House, London); and Bach Early Cantatas (Les Inventions, Dijon Opera House). In 2018 he made his London Handel Festival debut with London Early Opera at St. George’s, Hanover Square.  Prior to that, 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. He has also sung for London Early Opera (and appears on their recent releases Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1 & 2, Signum Classics), the Gabrieli Consort, Seraphim, Cappella Nova, Schola Cantorum of Oxford and been involved in innovative collaborations with the James Taylor Quartet (Queen Elizabeth Hall).  Charles is also a highly experienced vocal coach and choral animateur, working for the LSO Discovery, London Youth Choir, as well as being Chorus Director for Gabrieli Roar and directing two choirs in London. Highlights in 2018 included conducting the World Premiere of Errolyn Wallen’s MAP: Songs for children everywhere for Snape Maltings in Hull, 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.  Formerly the Senior Vocal Coach at Portsmouth Cathedral, Whitgift School and Croydon Minster, he is now Choral Director for The Voices Foundation, coaches for the Royal School of Church Music, and is Consultant Vocal Coach at Derby Cathedral and Radley College.


Toby Carr

A versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from the early renaissance to new collaborative compositions, Toby Carr is a lutenist and guitarist based in London.  Having studied at Trinity Laban followed by the Guildhall School, he works professionally as a soloist, chamber musician and continuo player.

A specialist in music of the 17th century, Toby has worked with groups and organisations such as English Touring Opera, Dunedin Consort, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTE Symphony Orchestra.

Now settled with his wife and frequent collaborator, the harpist Aileen Henry, Toby is gaining a reputation as an exciting performer, working with some of the finest musicians in the business.