Charlotte is passionate about the role music can play in education and health. She has worked with dance companies, charities, schools and music services both as a composer and performer.
MUSIC AND HEALTH
Charlotte works with dance companies Ballet Boyz and the English National Ballet with their outreach health programmes. ‘Parkinson’s Can Dance’ is a programme run by Ballet Boyz and held at their studios in Kingston. Charlotte works alongside pianist Nathan Tinker providing the music for the sessions, including adapting and integrating the company’s repertoire. Charlotte is also an Associate Artist with the English National Ballet. Working alongside dance artists, she is involved with the ENB’s ‘Dance for Dementia’, ‘Dance for Health’ and ‘Schools’ Link’ programmes.
Charlotte was also involved with Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity‘s project, ‘Rhapsody’ which was a collaboration with the Royal College of Music and international composer Eric Whitacre. The project commissioned composers to write a piece to accompany the artwork in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Charlotte’s piece, ‘Route to Braziliera’, for percussion ensemble, violin and double bass was inspired by ‘Marked Cards, High Low, Braziliera’ and can be heard on the hospital’s audio guide tour.
MUSIC AND EDUCATION
Charlotte has delivered and assisted with numerous educational workshops, both as a composer and performer. She has led and assisting workshops for RCM Sparks (in conjunction with the BBC Proms/Albert Hall), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Family Orchestra Day) and songwriting workshops at the Royal Albert Hall with the Teenage Cancer Trust. Charlotte is also a leader with Song Academy.
EDUCATION BASED COMMISSIONS
Charlotte was commissioned to write a work for the World Saxophone Congress Open Day in St. Andrews, 2012. She workshopped and conducted the premiere of her work ‘Links’ which was performed by over 90 saxophonists from around the world.
Charlotte was also invited to create a work to celebrate the North Lincolnshire Music Service’s 40th anniversary. Based on the industrial heritage of Charlotte’s hometown of Scunthorpe, she wrote a five movement work ‘Flux’ for massed ensemble, inspired by the process of making steel. (This involved a first movement where all players were asked to bring something metallic to play (ie, pots and pans, a bike wheel, a stapler…!)
‘Over 100 Years of Women and The Saxophone’ is a project by Charlotte and saxophonist Amy Green celebrating the pioneering female saxophonists, composers and bandleaders who were integral in developing their instrument, their art and their profession. It features key figures such as Etta Morgan (billed as the only lady saxophonist in the world in 1876), Bessie Mecklem (the first ever recorded saxophonist), Helen May Butler (band leader and composer) Ivy Benson (band leader) and Elise Hall (commissioner of Debussy’s ‘Rhapsodie’). Launched at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, July 2015, Amy and Charlotte were invited by the Royal College of Music to present their project as part of their International Women’s Day celebrations in March this year. The project was supported by the Ambache Trust. Please see @Saxophone_Women for further details on the project’s development. (Photograph generously supplied by Mike Brubaker, http://temposenzatempo.blogspot.co.uk/)
Charlotte was invited to be the lead composer for ‘Britten; An Exploration’ at the Royal College of Music. She collaborated with The Woodhouse Centre at the RCM, artist Jo Lewis from the National Gallery and composers from the Royal College of Music which culminated in a concert programme and 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. Charlotte wrote the solo piano work ‘X’ when asked to write a piece to accompany the fragrances and notes of Clive Christian’s ‘X’ perfume. This was premiered at an evening event at the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music.