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CHARLOTTE MOBBS - Soprano

Charlotte read Music at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and subsequently at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.


Solo engagements include performances of Bach Magnificat and B Minor Mass (Harry Christophers), St Matthew Passion and Magnificat (Sir John Eliot Gardiner); Handel Messiah (David Hill); Handel Dixit Dominus in Hong Kong, New Zealand and at the Sydney Opera House; MacMillan Seven Last Words from the Cross at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (James MacMillan); Handel Dixit Dominus and Vivaldi Gloria as part of the Lufthansa Festival (James O’Donnell). Charlotte performed the UK premiere of the chamber version of Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light conducted by Stephen Darlington.


Charlotte appeared in Howard Goodall’s “Great Dates” and “How Music Works” and recorded Monteverdi’s duet Pur ti miro for Howard Goodall’s “The Story of Music” as well as Charles Hazlewood’s “Birth of British Music” and BBC4’s “Sacred Music” and S4C “Sopranos”, also released as a CD ‘Soprano World’. 


Recordings include the role of Mermaid in Weber's Oberon on Decca, Purcell's O Dive Custos on Coro and Howells’ Requiem on the Gabrieli choir’s CD ‘A Song of Farewell’.  She is a soloist on many of The Sixteen’s recordings, including Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and the latest release of Polish music by Marcin Mielczewski.


Charlotte will be soloist for the Thomas Tallis Society's Messiah concert this Christmas and a tour of Vivaldi Gloria for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen next year.


Charlotte has a busy life in Sussex with her two young boys but is now an expert at Lego and den building!  She is looking forward to returning to her hometown next year to perform Bach’s solo Cantata Jauchzet Gott in Bristol Cathedral.


Clare McCaldin initially trained as a linguist and had a life in advertising before becoming a professional singer.  Since then she has built a diverse career spanning the opera stage and concert platform, including Salzburg Easter Festival, Royal Opera, BBC Proms, Radio 3 and Edinburgh International Festival. 


Clare is a great advocate of new music and has created roles in operas by Errollyn Wallen, and Stephen McNeff, and as a soloist in concert with Oliver Knussen, the Brodsky Quartet, and Iain Burnside.  She is known for programming innovative recitals in partnership with Libby Burgess, Paul Turner and Andrew West.  She has a significant solo discography: her debut disc, Stephen McNeff’s Madrigali dell’Estate, her recording of Hugh Wood’s Laurie Lee Songs and her most recent disc, Notes from the Asylum, all won four stars from BBC Music Magazine.


Clare also produces solo stage work through her company McCaldin Arts, notably Haydn’s London Ladies, Over My Shoulder (about Elisabeth Schumann and Jessie Matthews) and the critically-acclaimed Vivienne (about the first wife of TS Eliot). The Ubiquitous Woman, a new chamber opera by Martin Ward, and a monodrama about Queen Mary I by Martin Bussey are currently in development.


Clare is involved with TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, as part of project entitled Transforming the Operatic Voice. She is a founder Trustee of New Notes & Noises, a charity dedicated to creating new vocal works for the stage. On behalf of the Haydn Society of Great Britain, Clare fund-raised and oversaw the installation in 2015 of a commemorative blue plaque in Soho marking where Joseph Haydn lived during his first London visit.

CLARE McCALDIN - Mezzo-soprano

British tenor Robert Anthony Gardiner was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme from 2008-10 and made his Royal Opera debut as Egoldo Mathilde di Shabran, followed by Filch The Beggar’s Opera, Counte di Lerma Don Carlo, Major Domo Der Rosenkavalier and Gastone La Traviata. In 2011 he returned to the Royal Opera to sing the role of a Lover Il Tabarro.


Other recent engagements include Polidoro La Finta Semplice for Bampton Classical Opera, Lensky Onegin for Grange Park Opera, Siebel Faust for Opera North, Max Fantasio for Opera Rara, Belmonte in Die Entfürung aus dem Serail for Iford Festival, Strážnik in Hubička by Smetana, Joe in Winners by Richard Wargo and Britten’s St Nicholas for Wexford Festival Opera, and a newly commissioned opera by John Barber We are Shadows for the Spitalfields Festival.


He has given solo recitals and sung with choirs and choral societies all over the UK. Major performances include a concert performance of Ywain Gawain with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Stravinsky’s Mavra with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, and Britten’s Michelangelo Songs in Italy.


Robert Anthony Gardiner studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Frankfurt Opera School and the National Opera Studio, after gaining a BSc Honours in astrophysics at Durham University and a Certificate of Education at Manchester University.  Born in Birmingham, he attended King Edward VI Boys School, and sang as a treble in St Philip’s Cathedral.  Robert is also a keen cyclist, mountaineer, and gardener.

         


ROBERT ANTHONY GARDINER - Tenor

NJABULO MADLALA - Bass

South African-born baritone Njabulo Madlala was a winner of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award South Africa, the 2010 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, the Singers Section Final at the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, the 2012 Lorna Viol Memorial Prize and Royal Overseas League Trophy for the Most Outstanding Musician from Overseas. He was also the winner of the Sir John Manduell Award for an Outstanding South African Musician, the Azuriales Festival Opera competition, the Kenneth Loveland Gift Prize and the 2012 Worshipful Company of Musicians Award. 


Madlala's opera roles have included the title role in Don Giovanni (Mid-Wales Opera), Porgy Porgy and Bess (Cheltenham and Three Choirs Festivals), and Mel The Knot Garden Montepulciano Festival in Italy, broadcast live on radio RAI.  He sang The Kammersinger in Strauss's Intermezzo Buxton Festival, Escamillo Winslow Hall Opera, Forester Cunning Little Vixen Woodhouse Music Festival.  He made his Royal Opera House debut in 2016 in Shostakovich’s The Nose


Concerts include Walton Belshazzar’s Feast at the Three Choirs Festival and St David’s Hall Cardiff, Mozart Requiem at the QEH in London and Colston Hall, Bristol, Carmina Burana in Cheltenham and York, concerts with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra under Arjan Tien and Richard Cock and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the English Symphony Orchestra at the Elgar Hall in Birmingham and with the LPO/Jurowski.


In recital Njabulo has performed with Roger Vignoles (Cambridge Festival and Lugo Festival in Spain), Julius Drake (Mananan Festival), Williams Vann (Oxford Lieder Festival & Ripon International Festival), Simon Lepper (Wigmore Hall Monday Concert Series and Buxton Festival), Llŷr Williams (Gower Festival) and with James Baillieu (Lake District Music Festival). His debut CD Songs of Home was released in autumn 2013 on the Champs Hill Records label.


Future engagements include the Porgy & Bess Suite in Moscow and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis and South Africa.


Njabulo is director of Voices of South Africa, a trust dedicated to empowering highly talented young artists through a series of ongoing masterclasses, workshops and a national singing competition.