ABOUT

Charlie attended the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied Jazz Piano and Composition. He graduated from the Conservatoire in 2017 with first class honours while also winning the Composition Prize (2016), Jazz Performance Prize and Deans’ Award for Exceptional Achievement (2017). He was a chair holder with both the Midland and National Youth Jazz Orchestra's.

Charlie is a multi-award-winning composer and arranger. After releasing his debut album 'Silhouettes', he was awarded the Dankworth Award for Jazz Composition. This was followed by the Eddie Harvey Arranger of The Year Award 2021 and then a prestigious Ivor Novello Award. His music has been played in venues all around the country and on BBC 4, BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM.  He spent a year as the composer-in-residence of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and has recently been working as a guest composer, arranger and conductor with the world famous NDR Big Band. Elsewhere, Charlie continues to write music for television and media and work as a pianist, with performances all over Europe and live on BBC2.

Charlie also works as an educator. He teaches at Hockerill Anglo European College in Hertfordshire and coaches big bands and jazz ensembles in specialist workshops all over the country. He works as an examiner for the Music Teacher Board (MTB) and is currently co-writing their new jazz syllabus.

 

In his spare time, Charlie is a dedicated Arsenal fan and enjoys running and playing football (even though he is rubbish).

Photo: Olivia Da Costa