Photo: Gareth Howell

Charlie grew up in Hertfordshire and began learning the piano aged 9. He was classically trained until he was introduced to jazz in his late teens by his grandparents.


After finishing school, Charlie was awarded a place at 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 MYJO (with whom he performed live on BBC2 in 2015) and NYJO.


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.

Charlie has been commissioned to write pieces for a wide range of organisations and companies - including the Royal Albert Hall, National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Carwow. 


Charlie has written arrangements for some of the countries finest vocalists including Claire Martin OBE and Clare Teal (BBC Radio 2) and has spent some time studying with Grammy nominated composer Jim McNeely. 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.

In December 2020, Charlie was awarded the Ivor Novello award for Jazz Composition (Large Ensemble) at the Ivors Composer Awards 2020.

Charlie is also a passionate teacher. He teaches at Hockerill Anglo European College in Hertfordshire and coaches big bands and jazz ensembles in specialist workshops all over the country. 

Photo: Carl Hyde