Charlotte Harding (b.1989) graduated from the Royal College of Music, London with a first class honours degree having studied composition with Mark-Anthony Turnage and saxophone with Martin Robertson. On graduating Charlotte won the Cobbett and Hurleston Prize for Composition as well as the prestigious Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Rosebowl, presented by HRH Prince Charles. She was also awarded the Theodore Holland Intercollegiate Composition Prize having been nominated to represent the RCM.
Charlotte enjoyed numerous premieres of works during her time at the RCM, a highlight being winning the RCM Concerto Competition with her orchestral work, ‘Fuse’, which was premiered by the RCM Sinfonietta in June 2012. As well as writing pieces for the RCM’s woodwind and percussion ensembles, Charlotte was also delighted to compose ‘Fleot Fanfares’ for Prince Charles’ visit to the RCM in March 2012.
Since graduating, Charlotte has worked with leading ensembles and soloists and has received performances of her work worldwide. In 2013, she was selected to be a part of Sound and Music’s, ‘Embedded’ programme and subsequently wrote the chamber work ‘Stride’ for Ensemble 10/10 (Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) which received an Honorary Commendation from the George Butterworth Panel. She remains a prolific composer for the saxophone having written works for Richard Ingham (‘Kanic’, released on his album ‘Notes From a Small Country’), Alistair Parnell (‘Tinto’ for EWI, premiered at the Notting Hill Saxophone Festival) and Flotilla (‘Elegy’, performed at the World Saxophone Congress, 2012). Her soprano saxophone concerto ‘Voyage’ (published by Reed Music) continues to receive performances by leading saxophonists including Gerard McCrystal. In 2015, Charlotte was invited to be an Associate Composer with NonClassical when her solo drum kit piece ‘Off&On’ was premiered at their club night in Dalston. She was also comissioned to write her piece ‘Sol’ for NonClassical’s newly formed ‘Street Orchestra of London’ as part of their debut tour of London this summer.
Charlotte has been involved with numerous artistic collaborations. Her recent project ‘Over 100 Years of Women and the Saxophone’ with saxophonist Amy Green, was launched at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg in July 2015 and was subsequently featured in the RCM’s ‘International Women’s Day’ celebrations the following March. This project highlights and celebrates the women who have been pioneers of the saxophone and its repertoire. (For project updates, please see @Saxophone_Women). Charlotte was also invited to be the lead composer for ‘Britten; An Exploration’, a collaboration with the RCM and graphic artist Jo Lewis. The project culminated in several new works and the unveiling of Lewis’ artwork in the Britten Theatre, RCM. Charlotte was also a finalist in the ‘Sound of Perfume’ competition in association with Clive Christian and the Royal College of Music writing the solo piano work ‘X’ when asked to write a piece to accompany Clive Christian’s perfume. Charlotte continues to be composer-in-residence with Box 9 Drumline – her pieces having been performed at the NFL Fan Rallies on Regent Street and at Wembley Stadium.
Charlotte is passionate about the role music can play in both health and education. She is currently an Associate Artist with English National Ballet and an accompanist with Ballet Boyz, working with both companies in their dance for health programmes. Charlotte was also involved with Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity’s project ‘Rhapsody’, writing a piece inspired by the artwork in the hospital to feature on their audio guides. Her education based commissions include ‘Flux’ – a massed ensemble piece for the North Lincolnshire Music Service’s 40th anniversary and ‘Links’ written for the 2012 World Saxophone Congress’s Open Day, which was performed in St Andrews by 90 saxophonists from around the world. Charlotte has also been involved in leading and assisting educational workshops for RCM Sparks (in association with the BBC Proms), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Teenage Cancer Trust and Song Academy UK.
Charlotte also writes music for media – clients have included Sky, Gumtree UK, Benefit Cosmetics UK, BBC, Discovery Music Source and ITV. She scored Very’s 2015 Christmas advert, which was voted ‘Ad of the Week’ by the creative department of advertising magazine ‘The Drum’. More recently, she co-scored the BBC/OSF wildlife documentary ‘Ingenious Animals’ which was aired on BBC One.
Charlotte is also a prolific songwriter and performer. She has played in a variety of bands and ensembles including folk/pop group ‘Isla’ who have performed at festivals, prestigious London venues and on radio. As a saxophonist, she was invited to perform with the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble as part of the Opening Gala concert at the World Saxophone Congress in St Andrews and also regularly plays with her jazz trio.
Music for Media website: www.charlottehardingmusic.com
Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Rose Bowl (presented by HRH Prince Charles). Awarded for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Royal College of Music’.
RCM Cobbett and Hurlstone prize for Composition
Theodore Holland Intercollegiate Prize 2011-2012
RCM Concerto Competition – (‘Fuse’ for orchestra, premiered by RCM Sinfonietta)
Outstanding Soloist Award – National Concert Band Finals, 2006
(Photographer: Harry O’Grady)