'An accomplished, energetic performance with a big heart'
Tchaikovsky violin concerto, Birmingham Post 2015
'This was a highly accomplished account, superbly controlled, technically assured (double-stopped octaves magnificently tuned) and with a forward, immediate tone deliciously throaty in the lower reaches.'
Sibelius violin concerto, Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post 2015
Charlotte began learning the violin with Mary Howles and later Michael Seal. Playing in orchestras from a young age, Charlotte developed her orchestral training in the Academy Chamber Orchestra with Peter Bridle MBE. In 2008, she gained a place at Chethams School of Music in Manchester where she studied violin with Eyal Kless and Benedict Holland. In her final year Charlotte, along with her quartet, made their Wigmore Hall debut. They also performed and were broadcast live on BBC radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme. She was awarded the school's Mozart Scholarship for outstanding chamber music work as well as winning their Dewhurst and Torevell prize. In 2010, Charlotte was appointed as leader of the CBSO Youth Orchestra; a position she held until 2015. With them she worked under conductors such as: Andrew Litton, Andris Nelsons, Edward Gardner, John Wilson, Ben Gernon and Jac Van Steen; as well as soloists: Leon McCawley, Chloe Hanslip and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
After being awarded the 2014 Norman George Scholarship, Charlotte graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in 2015 after studying with Alexander Sitkovetsky. During her time at RNCM, Charlotte performed as a principal member of all of the college’s orchestras including co-leading the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in their performances in the Bridgewater Hall. She also appeared as guest leader of many northern-based orchestras including; the Chester Philharmonic and Lancashire Chamber Orchestras (with conductor Richard Howarth, ex-Leader Manchester Camerata) and the Manchester Festival Orchestra. In her fourth year at the RNCM Charlotte successfully auditioned for a place on the professional experience scheme with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Her passion for chamber music led Charlotte to establish the Virr String Quartet who were winners of the 2014 RNCM Nossek Romantic String Quartet Prize and finalists in the RNCM Schubert and Hirsch Prizes. Over their three years of performing together they gave recitals in Manchester, Birmingham and London and performed in the prestigious RNCM Chamber Music Festival on three separate occasions. The quartet also performed in masterclasses with Frans Helmerson and a public workshop with the late Peter Maxwell-Davies performing his Naxos Quartet No.3. They received regular coaching from world renowned musicians such as Petr Prause, Levon Chilingirian and the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio.
​ In September 2015, Charlotte began her Masters Degree studies at the Royal Academy of Music with professors Mateja Marinkovic and Jack Liebeck. In October 2015 she led the Royal Academy Sinfonia in their four performances of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in the Hackney Empire Theatre with Jane Glover and Janet Suzmann. Following this she worked with the London Sinfonietta in their ‘side-by-side’ project performing region 3 of Stockhausen's Hymnen which was broadcast on BBC radio 3. Charlotte also performed in the BBC Get Playing Virtual Orchestra recording of Bizet’s Carmen with Marin Alsop as part of the BBC’s Get Playing scheme.
In 2016, Charlotte was invited to lead the Sinfonia of Birmingham, with conductor Michael Seal, in their summer concert. She was subsequently invited to lead their next concert which featured Beethoven violin concerto with violinist Thomas Gould. Most recently she has been invited to appear as guest leader of Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, British Police Symphony Orchestra, Eroica Camerata, North Wales Chamber Orchestra and Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra.
In 2018 Charlotte established Sinfonia Dal Capo; a conductor-less chamber orchestra based in the Midlands and directed herself from violin. In August 2018 the orchestra gave a successful tour to Malvern with a weekend of performances including Mendelssohn and Bruch violin concertos. More recently the orchestra have performed Beethoven violin concerto with Charlotte as soloist and Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and 'Cello with Charlotte and cellist Sally Alexander as soloists. Sally and Charlotte will perform the same concerto on tour to Prague in October 2019.
In high demand as a soloist, Charlotte’s recent concerto performances have included: Vivaldi Four Seasons with the Sinfonia of Birmingham and Orchestra da Camera; Mendelssohn violin concerto with the Walsall Symphony Orchestra, Sale Chamber Orchestra and Coventry Youth Orchestra; Bruch violin concerto in G minor with the Telford Orchestra, Midland Youth Orchestra Reunion Orchestra and Eroica Camerata; Elgar violin concerto with the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of St. John and Halesowen Orchestra; Glazunov violin concerto with the Halesowen Orchestra; Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the Westmorland Symphony Orchestra, Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inkberrow Sinfonia, Redditch Orchestra and Orchestra of St. John; as well as Sibelius violin concerto with the Open University Orchestra, Milton Keynes Sinfonia, Solihull Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of St. John; and Mozart violin concerto in A major also with the Orchestra of St.John. Charlotte also performed Walton violin concerto with orchestra in aid of Birmingham Children's Hospital.
In July 2017 Charlotte graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction. She was also awarded the prestigious Diploma of the Royal Academy for an outstanding final recital. In 2018 Charlotte signed with Harlequin Recording. Her debut CD will be released in November 2019.
Charlotte plays on an 1884 Joseph Hel violin. She is kindly supported by the David Morgan Music Trust, the Bromsgrove Institute Trust, the Helen Mackaness Foundation and the Elmley Foundation. Upcoming performances include Beethoven violin concerto with the Walsall Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the Leamington Chamber Orchestra and Prokofiev violin concerto No.2 with the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra and Dvorak violin concerto with Sinfonia Dal Capo. Charlotte plays as regular guest co-leader of the English Symphony Orchestra.