Charles MacDougall – Conductor
Charles MacDougall, known equally for his singing and his transformative work with choirs and singers, was appointed conductor of Finsbury A Cappella in May 2023.
A former member of internationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble VOCES8, he now sings for a number of other ensembles, including Gabrieli Consort and Players London Voices (appearing on numerous film soundtracks) and London Early Opera (including as a soloist on their releases Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1 & 2, Signum Classics), as well as undertaking solo engagements internationally.
An accomplished choral conductor and vocal coach, he is Chorus Director for Gabrieli ROAR, Vocal Ensembles Coach and Tutor in Vocal Studies at Junior Trinity (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) and directs 3 choirs in London. Recent directing highlights include conducting the world premieres of both Errollyn Wallen’s MAP: Songs For Children Everywhere for Britten-Pears Arts in Hull and Snape Maltings, and David Bruce’s Songs of Home for the 25th anniversary of The Voices Foundation at St. John’s, Smith Square. He is extremely active as a workshop leader, presenting sessions for the BBC Singers, UK Choir Festival, Association of British Choral Directors, LSO and Stay At Home Choir.
As an educator, he was part of the team that received the Music and Drama Education Award for Excellence in Primary/Early Years 2018 and he helped devise and deliver the daily Virtual Sing for children on lockdown in 2020. In 2021 he wrote the first volume of Inside Singing, a choral resource for primary school choir leaders, shortlisted for Outstanding Music Education Resource in the Music and Drama Education Awards 2023.
A fierce advocate for the importance of music and music education, he is the Choral Director of Voices Foundation, an Ambassador for Britten-Pears Arts, a Trustee of IntoOpera, and a Director and Trustee of the Choral Foundation, Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace.
Hannah Brine – Musical Director, Founder and Choir Manager
Hannah Brine founded Finsbury A Cappella in April 2023. Her choirs have performed at events including the Royal Variety Show, Olivier Awards, BBC Proms and TV and recording projects. In 2022 she led the Wilderness Festival Choir and will return again this year; she also leads an annual singing retreat.
Her song Ray of Sunlight was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra discovery youth choir and she has been commissioned by the South Bank Centre to compose for Victoria Park Singers.
As a vocal coach, she taught at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Recording credits include various releases on Black Hole, Perfecto, Armind, Cafe Del Mar, BBC and Disney. When not leading choirs she loves to write songs – usually in the folk and pop genres, however her song You & I, written for Ciaran McAuley & Roger Shah, was number one in the global trance charts (2022).
Judith Ogden – PA to Hannah Brine
Judith grew up in Oxfordshire and studied for a degree in Music at Bristol University, graduating in 1994.
After graduation, she worked for a marketing production company in Bristol, and then for a marketing consultancy in Bath, before becoming a freelance arts administrator, and graphic and web designer in 2002. In her spare time, she sings in two Bristol-based choirs and plays badminton at club, league and county level. Her musical highlights include singing the alto solo in Handel’s Dixit Dominus in a performance with Exultate Singers in Dubrovnik.
She has appeared as a singing extra in Christmas specials of Call the Midwife and Casualty, and on the soundtrack for TV ads and drama series, as well as on the sci-fi film Annihilation. She is married to the conductor and composer David Ogden, and has four children aged from 16 to 26 years.