Charlotte Ashley, BMus (Hons)'s Teacher Profile Page
Discover Charlotte Ashley, BMus (Hons)'s teaching style and pedagogy:
Charlotte began her music career in 1996 when she became a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral, from where she took up a music scholarship at Bedales School. She is a graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied singing with Anita Morrison and oboe with Richard Simpson.
Charlotte is now working as a freelance soprano, both as a soloist and as a member of professional ensembles. She sings with the Monteverdi Choir under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner and has toured with them throughout Europe. Other Ensembles include Tenebrae, Philharmonia Voices, Pinnacle Ensembe, Armonico Consort and London Voices. She also sings regularly at Chelsea Old Church and in June will be taking up a post at St Margaret's, Westminster Abbey. She recently sang for the Royal Shakespeare Company in a small ensemble in the production 'Written on the Heart'.
Recent solo appearances include Bach's St John Passion, Brahms' Requiem, Bach's B Minor Mass, 'Dido' in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Howard Goodall's Eternal Light: A Requiem, Rutter's Requiem, Mozarts's Regina Coeli K108 and Handel's Messiah. Future engagements include Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Handel's Israel in Egypt and Brahms' Requiem.
As an obosit Charlotte was a member of the National Children's Orchestra from the age of 10-13 and then went on to become principal oboe of the National Youth Wind Orchestra for 4 years. She studied at the Junior Guildhall where she was a finalist for the prestigious Lutine Prize and winner of the Principal's Prize. Whilst at the senior department of the Guildhall Charlotte was a member of the Viento Wind Quintet and The Dempsey Trio. In her final year she was the oboe soloist for Derek Welton in the Gold Medal and principal oboe of the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a member of the Albion Wind Quintet and also works as a session musician with Universal Records.
BMus (Hons) from Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Grade 8 Piano, Violin, Oboe, Singing, Recorder.
Reasons to study with me:
I have 7 years teaching experience with students of all ages and abilities. I currently teach singing at Shrewsbury House School, Surbiton where I have been for 2 and a half years. I also teach privately and my current pupils range from the age of 6 to 42.
I have successfully prepared students for graded exams, scholarship preparation and auditions for orchestras/choirs/chamber groups etc.
I also have experience of working with young children in a workshop environment both as a leader and part of a team.
I have a wide knowledge of repertoire, and am happy to work on whatever styles students prefer. Although classically trained myself I have students who prefer to study more popular music.
I like to push my students to the height of their ability without putting on pressure, and I aspire to create a fun and creative learning environment.