Professor Terence CHARLSTON


Harpsichord, Clavichord & Continuo Organ

Terence Charlston is Chair of Historical Keyboard Instruments at the Royal College of Music, a personal chair created for him on 2016. He enjoys a varied career as a performer, teacher and academic researcher, specializing in keyboard performance. He took degrees in Oxford and London in organ, harpsichord and musicology. Terence’s repertoire spans the 16th century to the present day, reflecting a passionate interest in keyboard music of all types and styles and his discography numbers nearly 100 commercial recordings on harpsichord, organ, virginals, clavichord and fortepiano. He was a member of quartet London Baroque from 1995 until 2007 and is a core member of Florilegium with whom he has toured worldwide. Terence is an important advocate of historical keyboard performance within the educational sphere. He founded the Department of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in 1995. In addition to his work for the Royal College of Music, London, Terence is International Visiting Tutor in harpsichord at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. See also


• Principal Study harpsichord (Level 4-7)
• Chamber Music (Level 5-7)
• Masters elective units in Historical Performance
• PhD supervision

Selected published research outputs

‘Searching Fantasy: Froberger’s Fantasias and Ricercars Four Centuries On’, Terence Charlston, Royal College of Organists Journal, December 2016.

Adieu m’amour: Music from the time of Agincourt, Amici Voices, Terence Charlston, Amici Sounds 01415 (2016).

London, Royal College of Music Library, MS 2093 (1660s–1670s), English Keyboard Music c.1650-c.1700: A Series of Facsimiles of Manuscript Sources, vol. 1. Edited by Heather Windram and Terence Charlston with an introductory essay by Andrew Woolley and a foreword by Colin Lawson. (Oslo: Norskmusikforlag A/S, 2016)

Telemann: Concertos and Cantata Ihr Völker Hört, Florilegium, Clare Wilkinson, Channel Classics, CCS 38616 (2016)

Mersenne’s Clavichord: Two hundred years of keyboard music in France.Early French Keyboard Music for Clavichord (performed on a reconstruction, by Peter Bavington, of the clavichord in Mersenne, 1636), in press Divine Art Recordings, DDA 25131 (2015)

“A phylogenetic analysis of Orlando Gibbons's Prelude in G”, Heather F Windram; Terence Charlston; Christopher J Howe. Early Music 2014 42 (4): 515-528. doi: 10.1093/em/cau100

Handel: Nine Deutsche Arien and Trio Sonatas, Florilegium with Gillian Keith, Channel Classics, in press

J S Bach: Complete Brandenburg Concertos, Florilegium, Channel Classics, CCS SA35914 (2015) in press

The Harmonious Thuringian, German music for solo harpsichord, Divine Art, DDA 25122 (2014)

C P E. Bach: Spiritual Songs, with Norbert Meyn (tenor), Toccata Classics, TOCC0248 (2014)

“A discourse of styles: Contrasting gigue types in the A minor Jig from the Purcell partial autograph, GB-Lbl MS Mus. 1”, Interpreting Historical Keyboard Music: sources, contexts and performance, Andrew Woolley and John Kitchen (eds.), Ashgate, 2013, pp. 97-114, ISBN 978-1-4094-6426-6

F. Couperin: Les Nations and Rebel: Les Caractères de la Danse, Florilegium, Channel Classics, CCS SA33213 (2013)

“C P E. Bach Songs with Clavichord: a conversation Norbert Meyn, Terence Charlston and Peter Bavington”, British Clavichord Society Newsletter, No. 54 (October 2012), pp. 3–10

Affectuoso: Virtuoso Guitar Music from the 18th Century, with Taro Takeuchi (guitar), Deux-Elles, DXL 1146 (2012)

“Now swift, now hesitating: The stylus phantasticus and the art of fantasy”, Musica Antiqua, No. 2, (April–June 2012), pp. 32–36 “The Barony Hall Organ and its wider context”, The Organ, No. 356 (Spring 2011), pp. 18-22

“Concealed Within? Liturgical Organ Music in the Selosse Manuscript’,The Organ, No. 353 (Summer 2010), pp. 15–20

Handel Gloria and German Airs: The Artistry of Emma Kirkby, with Emma Kirkby and London Baroque, BIS, CD1734/35 (2010)

Quantz: Flute Sonatas Vols. 1 and 2, ed. Rachel Brown with realization of figured bass by Terence Charlston, Uppernote Publications, UPP 101 & 102, 2010

La Chasse Royale: The Keyboard Manuscript of Antoine Selosse, Deux-Elles, DXL1143 (2010)

“An instrument in search of its repertoire? The Theewes claviorgan and its use in the performance of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century keyboard music” in The RCO Journal (March 2009), pp. 27–44

Carlo Ignazio Monza: Pièces Modernes pour le Clavecin for Harpsichord (Organ), Hidden Treasure Series, Norskmusikforlag A/S, 2009

Carlo Ignazio Monza: Harpsichord Music, Deux-Elles, DXL1117 (2009)

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