Charlotte Newstead sometimes feels that she eats, drinks and breathes classical music. Sharing that love with other people and making music accessible to wider audiences is an all-consuming passion that has seen her career branch into umpteen different avenues.
She has taught Music Appreciation to adults, both privately and for the University of Bristol for many years. The pandemic saw most of this work shift online which had the welcome effect of extending the reach to people across the UK and even abroad. She enjoys helping others to grow in confidence and loves the discussions that arise on a wide range of classical music of all genres.
She is also well-known as a concert soprano who performs regularly with orchestras and choirs in the south west, singing a lot of oratorio but also such works as Strauss’s Four Last Songs. She has sung in venues throughout the country from St John’s Smith Square to Snape Maltings.
She has a busy teaching practice in Bristol for students at all stages of the singing journey, from beginners onwards and is often called on to help with coaching sessions for choirs and choral societies.
She does also have a life beyond music! It mostly involves reading and inexpertly gardening. She hopes soon to return to the long-distance walking that she used to enjoy in the days before Long Covid knocked the wind out of her sails…