Harpsichord, Clavichord & Continuo Organ

Terence Charlston was born in Blackpool, Lancashire. From an early age, he was drawn to the sound and repertoire of old instruments, especially the harpsichord, which he first experienced through recordings and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. He studied piano and organ from childhood and later took degrees in Oxford and London, specialising in early keyboard performance. As a solo harpsichordist and chamber musician he has toured extensively within Europe, as well as to Japan and the USA. He is well known to chamber music audiences, especially for his work with the quartet London Baroque with whom he gave over 400 concerts worldwide between 1995 and 2007. He is a core member of the ensemble Florilegium and can be heard with London Handel Players, CBSO, OAE and the Magdelena Consort and he is a patron a guest director of Lancashire Sinfonietta. He performed with Christophe Coin and Wieland Kuijken in the 2010 and 2011 RCM Festival of Viols. He is a member of the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments.
He has a wide interest in keyboard music of all periods and his harpsichord and organ recordings have been well received in the musical press. His recorded repertoire is particularly broad (over 50 commercial CDs on harpsichord, organ, virginals, clavichord and fortepiano) and can be heard on the Deux-Elles, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, ASV, Channel Classics and BIS labels. Recent recordings include Baroque music on the Silbermann style organ belonging to the St. Albans International Organ Festival and a recital of Italian harpsichord music by Monza, Pasquini and Monari. For the National Trust he has recorded all the playable keyboard instruments of the Fenton House Collection in Hampstead, London.

In addition to an international performing career, he is much in demand as a teacher. He taught academic studies, performance practice and harpsichord at the Royal Academy of Music, London where he founded the department of Historical Performance in 1995. He teaches solo harpsichord performance and basso continuo at the Royal College of Music, London where he was invited to join the staff of as professor of harpsichord in 2007. He also lectures for the London centre of Lawrence University, Wisconsin and has given master classes in Italy, Germany, Greece, USA and Mexico. He was appointed Visiting Fellow in Harpsichord at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he is now International Visiting Tutor in Harpsichord.

His fascination with 17th century English music has resulted in a number of pioneering concerts and recording projects. These include editions and recordings of all Matthew Locke’s organ and harpsichord music, Carlo Ignazio Monza’s Pièces modernes pour le Clavecin, and a recording and interactive edition of the keyboard music of Albertus Bryne (Deux-Elles DXL 1024 and Norsk Musikforlag A/S.) His recording of William Byrd’s My Ladye Nevell Booke can be heard on the British Library’s Turning Pages website and he made the world premiere recording of the recently discovered keyboard manuscript of Antoine Selosse.