Charles MacDougall

Charles is an award-winning tenor, vocal coach and choral director known equally for his voice and his transformative work with choirs and singers. Formerly a member of internationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble VOCES8 (2005-12), he currently sings for a number of other ensembles, including the Gabrieli Consort, London Early Opera and London Voices.

An accomplished choral conductor and vocal coach, he is the Choral Director of The Voices Foundation, Vocal Ensembles Coach and Tutor in Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Junior), is Chorus Master for Gabrieli ROAR, directs two choirs in London, and is a Britten-Pears Community Arts Ambassador.

In 2018 he was part of the team that received the Music Teacher Award for Excellence in Primary/Early Years 2018 (for creation and delivery of the VF/DRET Singing Schools pilot programme) and in 2020, he helped devise and deliver the daily VF Virtual Sing for children on lockdown, the VF Into Choral sessions to encourage teachers to engage with high quality repertoire, and also created the VF Choral Essentials online training course to support the development of school choir/singing leaders.

Bridget Whyte

Bridget Whyte – Chief Executive, The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark

Bridget was appointed CEO of Music Mark in 2017, having worked in music education for over 15 years. She started her career at the Arts Council before moving to London to work for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Royal Academy of Music. In 1995 she went freelance working on a wide range of projects and programmes with over 50 organisations. Focussing on music education work from 1998, key clients included Youth Music, various music services and hubs, and she worked for the Music Manifesto and subsequently the Department for Education (DfE) to set up and support the National Singing Programme – Sing Up.  Her last key freelance role was as a Strategic Advisor for the British Council, setting up and managing their World Voice Programme, initiating singing programmes in over 20 countries around the globe.

As Music Mark’s CEO, Bridget is in demand as a speaker and advisor at a national and international level.  She was part of the DfE’s national working group on the Model Music Curriculum, is on the Board of Scotland’s Music Education Partnership Group, and is currently involved in the discussions with Welsh Government on the future of music education and working with a group of international colleagues to develop a Global Compact on Music Education.