Join one of the UK’s leading vocal specialists for a day of vocal exploration!

  • When? Sunday 8 October 2023, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Come and join us for an open workshop aimed at students in Year 6 and above who can read music and can hold a tune.

In conjunction with our partners Gabrieli ROAR, we’re thrilled to welcome vocal specialist Charles MacDougall for a workshop focusing on vocal health, vocal technique, singing in parts with others, and meeting other young singers!

Who is Charles?

Charles is formerly a member of internationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble VOCES8 (2005-12), and alongside his impressive singing career he is the Choral Director of The Voices Foundation, Chorus Director for Gabrieli ROAR and directs two choirs in London. He is extremely active as a workshop leader, presenting sessions for the BBC Singers, UK Choir Festival, Association of British Choral Directors, LSO, Philharmonia and Stay at Home Choir. In 2018 he was part of the team that received the Music Teacher Award for Excellence in Primary/Early Years (for creation and delivery of the VF/DRET Singing Schools pilot programme), while in 2020 he helped devise and deliver the daily VF Virtual Sing for children on lockdown, and in 2021 he wrote the first volume of Inside Singing, a choral resource for primary school choir leaders. He is an Ambassador for Britten-Pears Arts, a Trustee of IntoOpera, and a Director and Trustee of the Choral Foundation, Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace.


Timings for the day

  • 9.45am Registration opens
  • 10.00am Workshop begins
  • 4.00pmWorkshop ends


We are proud to have a number of leading and high-achieving top-level ensembles offering opportunities for young musicians in Essex including:

Essex Youth Orchestra
Essex Youth Choir
Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra
Essex Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra
Essex Youth Brass Ensemble

This doesn’t happen by accident – we also run a number of starter ensembles in our community music venues as well as intermediate ensembles including our Essex Young People’s Orchestra to bring together young people together in making music with each other.

If you have a young person in your setting who would benefit from joining such an ensemble, please contact Beverley Heard, Music Ensembles Lead Officer, telephone 0333 013 8953 or email: