Charlotte Wicks, (nee Stephenson): mezzo-soprano / co-founder
Charlotte is a professional Opera singer, vocal teacher and co-founder of Intergenerational Opera. After studying at the Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, Charlotte began her professional career at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Charlotte went on to work for many of the UK's leading Opera companies as a soloist, including Opera North, English Touring Opera, Raymond Gubbay productions at the Royal Albert Hall and recently abroad working for Monte Carlo Opera House. Charlotte is an enthusiastic teacher at St Andrews Prep in Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells school of music.
Charlotte Shaw, (nee Beaumont): soprano / co-founder
British soprano Charlotte Shaw (nee Beament) is an alumna of the Rising Star of the Enlightenment programme for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Garsington Alvarez Young Artist Programme and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Her operatic repertoire includes Tytania A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Lucia THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, Title role SEMELE, Serpetta LA FINTA GIARDINIERA, Michal SAUL, Title role BERENICE, Zerlina DON GIOVANNI, Barbarina LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Belinda DIDO AND AENEAS, Mabel PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Armilla in Porpora’s L’AGRIPPINA, Teresa in Julian Philips’ THE YELLOW SOFA and Miss Schlesen in Philip Glass’ SATYAGRAHA. Performance venues include Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place and Snape Maltings and tours of Europe, Israel and Asia. Charlotte lives in Kent with her young family and is excited to begin a career in teaching.
Julian Broughton: pianist / co-leader
Julian Broughton is a composer and pianist who loves working with people to help them get the greatest possible enjoyment from music.
Among his compositions are three string quartets, a Requiem (2020), and Irregular Behaviour for clarinet and piano (2022).
An exciting new venture includes working as a duo with Miriam Teppich, for whom he has written a Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2023). Julian is also very pleased to be teaching piano and composition for the distance learning programme for Palestinian students at the Edward Said National Conservatoire.
Lesley Anne Sammons: pianist / co-leader
Lesley Anne is a conductor, répétiteur, arranger and vocal coach based in the UK. With over 40 years’ experience, she has worked the length of the UK from Faroe Islands to Cornwall, as well as across Europe at many of its foremost Opera Houses.
Lesley Anne studied at Trinity College of Music, The Guildhall School of Music, and The National Opera Studio.
As a freelance Musical Director, Repetiteur and Coach, Lesley Anne has worked for Scottish Opera,Glyndebourne Festival and Tour, English National Opera, Opera North, English Touring Opera, Royal Opera House, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, Longborough Festival Opera.
She is an Associate Lecturer at Chichester University coaching and nurturing young people. Her latest class “How to work with an Accompanist “ is with first year students.
Emma Stannard: mezzo-soprano/co-leader
Emma is an operatic mezzo-soprano and singing teacher based in Brighton. Emma trained at both the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. She has since sung for companies including: English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera Holland Park and many more.
Emma has over five years experience as a singing teacher working with all ages and abilities, developing vocal technique and working towards a wide variety of goals. Emma is a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing and runs the Under the Bridge Singing Group in Brighton.
In 2020/21, Emma undertook a PGCE in Primary Education gaining valuable experience working with children. She has worked as a teacher-coach, training primary school teachers in the field of music teaching and has classroom experience as a substitute teacher working throughout East Sussex.