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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.
In 2017, Charlie released his debut album for Big Band, 'Silhouettes'. This was received well by the national press and was labelled 'Impressive and inventive' by the Guardian's John Fordham. As a pianist, he has performed live on BBC2 and has played at venues all over the UK and Europe.
Charlie is a multi-award winning composer and arranger, and in December 2020 it was announced on BBC Radio 3 that Charlie had been awarded an Ivor Novello Award. He has written music for television and adverts and worked as musical advisor on a number of productions. He has been commissioned to write music by a variety of organisations and has also penned arrangements for some of the country’s finest vocalists including Claire Martin OBE and Clare Teal (BBC Radio 2). In 2019, Charlie won the prestigious Dankworth Award for Jazz Composition and spent a year as the composer-in-residence for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra - whom he directed at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in January 2020.
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).