With Aaron Sands and Ailsa Aitkenhead
Charlotte Whittle is an emerging operatic soprano from the Kingdom of Fife.
In June 2019 Charlotte sang scenes in the role of Sieglinde (Die Walküre) under the direction of conductor and pianist Thomas Barthel (Opernhaus Zürich). She worked in Dublin with Dr. Dearbhla Collins (Royal Irish Academy of Music) performing scenes in the role of Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) and Elsa (Lohengrin). In 2017 she made her debut in Konstanz, Germany, singing excerpts as Leonora (Il Trovatore). Scottish appearances include the Edinburgh International Festival with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where she was guest recitalist at St Giles Cathedral, Royal Mile.
Last summer (2019) Charlotte performed at the first ever Largo Arts Week with comedian Phil Jupitus and fellow Fifer, internationally renowned artist David Mach. She appeared as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Elettra (Idomeneo) with the St Andrews based Heisenberg Ensemble under the baton of Gillian Craig. A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Charlotte now spends a lot of her time performing in Zürich, Switzerland, where she receives coaching from vocal mentor and international dramatic soprano Vera Wenkert, founder of the International Institut StimmKunst.
In 2020 Charlotte will be the guest recitalist at Dundee and St Andrews University. In Spring, she performed a series of opera scenes from Tannhäuser as Elizabeth with opera repetiteur Ann Beckman (La Scala, Moscow Bolshoi Theatre) at the Zunfthaus Zur Waag in Zürich and performed scenes as Marie (Wozzeck) at the Atelier für Kunst und Philosophie. Charlotte has a passion for fundraising and has organised and sung in concerts for the British Lung Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care. In her own Lundin Links community she has raised funds for the running of the local Playgroup, the upkeep of various Churches and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. At the St Andrews Byre Theatre Charlotte recently sang alongside actor Alan Cumming to raise funds for the Neurosurgery Department at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. She has performed in various schools to encourage young students to welcome classical music into their lives, and every Christmas Day the young Wagnerian performs at the local nursing home. Charlotte is a firm believer in the importance of giving back to the community as she feels these small acts of kindness help to make the world a better place. She believes music combined with a good heart has the power to do this. http://www.charlottewhittle.co.uk/
Born in Belfast, Heldentenor Aaron Sands is currently studying at the “International Institut Stimmkunst Zürich” under the tutelage of dramatic soprano, Vera Wenkert, with inputs from Thomas Barthel, of Opernhaus Zürich, and Ann Beckman, former Head of Music at Opernhaus Zürich. Aaron has enjoyed success in his native Northern Ireland, across Scotland and throughout Switzerland, performing Opera, Lieder and Oratorio on a multitude of stages. Aaron is looking forward to singing in Scotland once again and is very grateful to be performing for the first time at Crail Festival.
Ailsa Aitkenhead is a freelance pianist, accompanist and piano teacher. She studied piano accompaniment at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she graduated with distinction, achieved the Alex Menzies award for an outstanding accompanist and was highly commended in the governors’ recital prize. Since then she has worked as a staff accompanist at Edinburgh University and St Andrews University. She has recently been awarded a post as pianist in residence for the Reid Consort. She frequently performs as a soloist, with her three choirs and with numerous collaborative projects..