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VoiceChoice Team

VoiceChoice is run by a team of highly experienced musicians, teachers, singers and performers led by international voice consultant Michelle Wegwart.

Michelle Wegart 

Michelle Wegwart was the founder and director of Magdala, an inspirational opera training organisation based in Nottingham for over 25 years. She is Vocal Consultant at the Bastille, Paris Opera as well as at the Bolshoi Opera, salzburg Festival and the Conservatorio in Majorca. She has a thriving teaching practice in Nottingham.

Tim Lole Tenor 

Tim Lole began his career as a freelance repetiteur working at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. and as a conductor  at Scottish Opera. As a workshop leader he has specialized in working in the community and with young people, with Opera North, Buxton Opera Festival, Glyndebourne, Streetwise Opera and Magdala Opera, Nottingham.

Tim is currently singing teacher at Nottingham High School and Nottingham Trent University. As a singer, Tim performs regularly around the UK as one half of the Opera Dudes.

Visit Tim's teaching and composition website...


Neil Allen Tenor


Neil Allen is an operatic tenor with more than 30 major roles under his belt. He came late to singing, having been a bricklayer to the age of 30 but then sold his business and trained to sing with Michelle Wegwart and with Professor Linden Van Der Pump of the Royal College of Music.
Neil has sung leading roles with City of Birmingham Touring Opera, Garden Opera, Travelling Opera, ECO Opera as well as for Magdala and the RPO. He has also undertaken an extensive tour of the USA for Columbia Artists as Camille de Rosillon in the Merry Widow. 2002.

Neil has extensive workshop experience as leader and facilitator, principally woth Magdala, Buxton Opera Festival and Streetwise Opera.







Paulet Penant Lemard has been a member of Magdala's workshop team for over fifteen years. During this time she has been involved in more than 30 different projects across Nottinghamshire and furhter afield in oxfordshire, Lancashire and Leicestershire.



Because the Director, Artist-in-Residence and other artistic associates carry out a wide range of professional engagements as freelance musicians they are self-employed, paid sessional fees by VoiceChoice but not engaged as salaried employees. 


  • Michelle Wegwart
  • Tim Lole
  • Ian Hepburn

Advisor Member

  • Mark Oldfield

VoiceChoice also benefits from the support of a wider group of Advisors who draw on their business and professional experience to offer a range of advice, including strategic, managerial, financial, marketing, educational, legal and artistic.



VoiceChoice is a non-for-profit company limited by guarantee. The Board of Directors has legal responsibility for the proper administration of the company and the charity.

The Directors are also responsible for the strategic management of VoiceChoice and for determining policy and operational priorities.

VoiceChoice’s financial policy is one of financial prudence in order to avoid exposing the company to unnecessary risks. This policy ensures that each event is self-financing, through ticket sales and other earned income, supported by sponsorship and/or local authority and arts board funding as appropriate. The Company maintains a balance between earned income and grants or donations rather than relying unduly on any single source of income. 

Funds received for specific purposes, such as awards from lottery funds for education projects, are kept in separate dedicated reserves.