The Royal Philharmonic Society, in conjunction with the Royal Opera House and the National Opera Studio, launched their first 'Conducting for Opera' short course for women this September. After hundreds of applications were received, Caroline was selected as one of 24 women to join the course and received expert tuition from Sian Edwards, Jane Glover and Claire Gibault amongst others. The group were joined by NOS alumni and a chamber orchestra, and also held lunchtime talks on a range of topics from artist management to social media.
Photo: Investigating a score with Jessica Cottis (@RoyalPhilSoc)
London chamber choir Serafine will perform on Friday 8 June as part of the All Hallows Music Festival in Twickenham. Caroline will sing with Serafine in an a capella programme ranging from Monteverdi to Elgar and Broadway classics. The festival programme also features the All Hallows Festival Chorus and Orchestra, as well as talented young musicians from the local area. Tickets and full programme information are available here.
Cool and the Cucumbers, a daytime choir based at Waitrose HQ in Bracknell, soared into second place at this year's PartnerSing - the national choral competition of the John Lewis Music Society. Judges awarded the choir a Distinction and commented on their "committed" and "spine-tingling" performance. The choir competed alongside much larger groups from across the UK, singing set pieces by ABBA as well as their own choice of a Swedish folk song. After winning the Award for Best Newcomer in 2016, Cool and the Cucumbers are going from strength to strength. They'll be going for gold in 2020!
Sandi Toksvig's award-winning musical comedy show Mirth Control comes to the Southbank Centre, London, on Sunday 11 March as part of the Women of the World Festival. Caroline will make a brief appearance along with other members of the RPS Women Conductors programme, as part of a conversation about the art of conducting and the representation of women in classical music. Tickets are available here.
Caroline was asked to step in at the last minute to take a rehearsal for ENO's Community Choir. Having seen the group in action on several occasions, it was a great chance to work with them on their choral skills and learn a range of new repertoire for the term including extracts from Purcell's Fairy Queen and the musical Chess. ENO Community Choir rehearses weekly in West Hampstead in Autumn and Spring, and is open to all regardless of singing experience.Find out more here.
Celebrate Christmas with the John Lewis Partnership Music Society on Tuesday 12 December, with a programme of carols, choral and orchestral music at Cadogan Hall. Caroline makes a double debut at the venue as soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams' The First Nowell, and as conductor for the second half of the concert. The programme also includes Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Suite, and is conducted by Manvinder Rattan, Head of the JLP Music Society. Tickets available here.
Join Serafine Chamber Choir for an evening of Advent reflections in Birmingham Cathedral on Saturday 2 December.
Caroline sings in this innovative new choir, comprising the best young choral conductors from across the country. The programme includes Bach's cantatas 'Nun komm der Heiden Heiland' and 'Wachet auf', as well as a world premiere of Thomas Hewitt-Jones' 'Come Sing with Joy'.
Caroline has been appointed as the new conductor of Voices in Partnership, one of the many ensembles within the John Lewis Partnership Music Society. The choir is open to staff members across the multiplex Waitrose site in Bracknell, and rehearses weekly, with upcoming concerts including Vaughan Williams The First Nowell at Cadogan Hall, and a European summer tour.
Opposite: JLP Music Society perform at the Royal Festival Hall
The Voices Foundation will lead a CHORAL INSPIRATION DAY, in partnership with Great Yarmouth Schools Music Association, on Wednesday 5 July 2017.
Caroline will lead workshops alongside fellow conductors Matt Beckingham and Charlotte Brosnan, as nearly 300 children from local primary schools come together to sing songs by Britten and other composers from across the world. The day will conclude with a performance at The King's Centre.