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Professor Terence Charlston

MA, MMus, FRCO, ARAM, FRCM

Terence Charlston is an internationally acknowledged specialist performer on early keyboard instruments, particularly harpsichord, clavichord and organ. His broad career encompasses many complementary roles including solo and chamber musician, choral and orchestral director, teacher and academic researcher. His large repertoire and numerous commercial recordings reflect a passionate interest in keyboard music of all types and styles. His rigorous virtuosity and sensitivity to touch and expression have made him a frequent performer at collections of early keyboard instruments all over the world. He was a member of the quartet London Baroque between 1995 and 2007 and the ensemble Florilegium between 2011 and 2019. In recent years, he has developed a particularly close affinity with the clavichord and is currently recording music by Froberger, and 20th and 21st century music including his own compositions.

Terence is an important advocate of European keyboard music of the 17th and 18th centuries — a reflection of his artistic fascination with and critically acclaimed interpretations of this repertoire — and he has initiated many pioneering concerts and recording projects. These include editions and recordings of Carlo Ignazio Monza, Albertus Bryne, William Byrd’s My Ladye Nevell Booke, Matthew Locke’s complete organ and harpsichord music, and manuscripts and instruments belonging to the Royal College of Music and many other international collections. His current research interests focus on the analysis of keyboard music, particularly counterpoint, as an aural and performed experience. He is co-editing a six-volume facsimile series, English Keyboard Music c.1650– c.1700

A dedicated and much sought-after teacher, he takes pride in having been given a significant responsibility for the training of younger players and for the development of practice-led research at several prestigious British conservatoires and universities. He is Chair of Historical Keyboard Instruments at the Royal College of Music, London. Previously he taught at the Royal Academy of Music, London where he founded the Department of Historical Performance in 1995. Over the last five years, he has helped to guide the exciting young vocal ensemble Amici Voices and has guest directed many of their concerts and recording projects.

Selected presentations

Charlston T (2018) Curating counterpoint: the lyrical imagination and the performance of Johann Jacob Froberger's legacy, presentation given as part of the ‘Music and Ideas’ series in the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London [LINK]. 

Selected publications

Crowell G and Charlston T (2018), An interview with Terence Charlston, Clavichord International 22 (2), 38-44. On RCM Research Online.

Charlston T (2017), Playing from an open score 2: Kerll’s Ricercata for a barrel organ, The British Clavichord Society Newsletter (67), 3-8. On RCM Research Online.

Charlston T (2016), Searching fantasy: Froberger’s fantasias and ricercars four centuries on, Journal of the Royal College of Organists 10 , 5-27. On RCM Research Online.

Windrom H F, Charlston T & Howe C J (2014), A phylogenetic analysis of Orlando Gibbons's Prelude in G, Early Music, 42 (4), 515-528 [DOI]. On RCM Research Online.

Selected recordings

J S Bach, Cantatas BWV106 and BWV182 (recorded by Amici Voices and Amici Baroque Players), Hyperion CDA68275 (2019) [LINK].

Various composers, Music for a King: Chamber works at the Court of Frederick the Great (recorded by Florilegium), Channel Classics CCS 41819 (2019) [LINK].

G F Handel, German Arias and Trio Sonatas (recorded by Florilegium & Gillian Keith), Channel Classics CCS 35117 (2017) [LINK].

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Faculties / departments: Historical Performance, Research

Latest Publications

Woolley, A. and Windram, H. F. and Charlston, T. (2021) English keyboard music c.1650-c.1700: a series of facsimiles of manuscript sources, vol. 2: London, Lambeth Palace Library, MS 1040. Norsk Musikforlag, Oslo.

Charlston, T. (2020) Grove Music Online article: Evans, David. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Charlston, T. (2020) Prelude. [Composition] (Unpublished)

Charlston, T. (2020) Froberger: complete Fantasias and Canzonas. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2020) Patterns of play: Orlando Gibbons, Simon Lohet, and J. S. Bach’s Fugue in E Major BWV 878/2. Part II. Clavichord International, 24 (1). pp. 7-14. ISSN 1387-0882

Charlston, T. (2020) A complete recording of the contents of Royal College of Music, London, Manuscript 2093 with additional keyboard pieces by Gerhard Diesineer and John Moss. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2020) Performing Bach's ‘Well-tempered Clavier’: structure, variation, motive and timbre. [Video]

Charlston, T. (2020) Three duets for mezzo-soprano and baritone. [Composition] (Unpublished)

Charlston, T. (2019) Patterns of play: Orlando Gibbons, Simon Lohet and J. S. Bach’s Fugue in E major BWV 878/2. Part I. Clavichord International, 23 (2). pp. 39-48. ISSN 1387-0882

Charlston, T. (2019) Clavichord initiatives at the Royal College of Music, London. The British Clavichord Society Newsletter (74). pp. 41-42. ISSN 1359-5105 (print)

Charlston, T. (2019) The true art of not giving up the clavichord. The British Clavichord Society Newsletter (74). pp. 44-45. ISSN 1359-5105 (print)

Charlston, T. (2019) David Evans 1936–2018: an appreciation. Harpsichord and Fortepiano, 23 (2). pp. 13-18.

Charlston, T. and Solomon, A. (2019) Bach: Cantatas 106 and 182, Amici Voices and Amici Baroque Players. [Audio]

Charlston, T. and Solomon, A. (2019) Music for a king: chamber works from the court of Frederick the Great. [Audio]

Andersson, B. T. and Charlston, T. (2019) Johan Helmich Roman: Svit i D-dur (Suite in D) "Lilla Drottningholmsmusiken". Swedish Musical Heritage, The Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Stockholm.

Andersson, B. T. and Charlston, T. (2019) Johann Helmich Roman: Bilägers Musiquen (Drottningholmsmusiken). Swedish Musical Heritage, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Stockholm.

Charlston, T. (2019) Hommage. [Composition] (Unpublished)

Charlston, T. (2018) Obituary: David Evans, harpsichord maker who paved the way for a revival in the instrument’s fortunes. Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235 (print) 2059-7487 (online)

Charlston, T. (2018) Curating counterpoint: the lyrical imagination and the performance of Johann Jacob Froberger's legacy. [Video]

Crowell, G. and Charlston, T. (2018) An interview with Terence Charlston. Clavichord International, 22 (2). pp. 38-44. ISSN 1387-0882

Charlston, T. (2018) Arpeggiando; Arpeggio; Birnbaum, Johann Abraham; Brunold, Paul; Chambonnières, Jacques Champion, Sieur de; Denis, Jean. In: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781107108080 (hardback) 9781107518476 (paperback) 9781108698573 (e-book)

Charlston, T. (2018) Clavichord. In: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 136-138. ISBN 9781107108080 (hardback) 9781107518476 (paperback) 9781108698573 (e-book)

Charlston, T. (2018) Fingering (1) keyboard instruments. In: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 227-231. ISBN 9781107108080 (hardback) 9781107518476 (paperback) 9781108698573 (e-book)

Charlston, T. (2018) Frescobaldi, Girolamo Alessandro; Gasparini; Moscheles, Ignaz (Isaac); Neidhardt, Johann Georg; Suzuki, Masaaki. In: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781107108080 (hardback) 9781107518476 (paperback) 9781108698573 (e-book)

Charlston, T. (2018) Preluding. In: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 509-510. ISBN 9781107108080 (hardback) 9781107518476 (paperback) 9781108698573 (e-book)

Charlston, T. (2018) Spinet. In: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 581-582. ISBN 9781107108080 (hardback) 9781107518476 (paperback) 9781108698573 (e-book)

Charlston, T. (2018) Temperament. In: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 603-605. ISBN 9781107108080 (hardback) 9781107518476 (paperback) 9781108698573 (e-book)

Charlston, T. (2018) Virginal. In: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 674-675. ISBN 9781107108080 (hardback) 9781107518476 (paperback) 9781108698573 (e-book)

Charlston, T. (2018) Five pieces for two clavichords. [Composition] (Unpublished)

Charlston, T. (2018) Harpsichord. In: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 287-292. ISBN 9781107108080 (hardback) 9781107518476 (paperback) 9781108698573 (e-book)

Charlston, T. and Solomon, A. (2017) Handel: German Arias & Trio Sonatas. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2017) Playing from open score 2: Kerll’s Ricercata for a barrel organ. The British Clavichord Society Newsletter (67). pp. 3-8. ISSN 1359-5105 (print)

Charlston, T. (2016) Searching fantasy: Froberger’s fantasias and ricercars four centuries on. Journal of the Royal College of Organists, 10. pp. 5-27. ISSN 0969-1642

Charlston, T. (2016) A four-stave transcription of Froberger’s Ricercar, FbWV 412: why play contrapuntal music from open score notation? Clavichord International, 20 (2). p. 57. ISSN 1387-0882

Charlston, T. (2016) Playing from open score 1: Froberger’s Fantasia, FbWV 206. The British Clavichord Society Newsletter (66). pp. 3-9. ISSN 1359-5105 (print)

Hickman, P. and Charlston, T. (2016) Interview with Terence Charlston. Harpsichord & Fortepiano Magazine, 21 (1). pp. 8-14.

Solomon, A. and Charlston, T. (2016) Telemann: Concertos & Cantata Ihr Völker Hört. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2016) Adieu m'amour: music from the time of Agincourt. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2015) Mersenne’s clavichord: music from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century France. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2015) J. S. Bach: Allegro, 2nd movement from Sonata in E, BWV 1016. Violin Exam Pieces 2016-2019, ABRSM Grade 7 . ABRSM, London.

Charlston, T. (2015) J. S. Bach: Andante, 3rd movement from Sonata in B minor BWV 1014. Violin Exam Pieces 2016–2019, ABRSM Grade 5 . ABRSM, London.

Windram, H. F. and Charlston, T. (2015) English keyboard music c.1650-1700: a series of facsimiles of manuscript sources vol. 1: London, Royal College of Music Library, MS 2093. Norsk Musikforlag, Oslo. ISBN 9788270937073

Solomon, A. and Charlston, T. (2014) Bach: Brandenburg Concertos. [Audio]

Windram, H. F. and Charlston, T. and Howe, C. J. (2014) A phylogenetic analysis of Orlando Gibbons's Prelude in G. Early Music, 42 (4). pp. 515-528. ISSN 0306-1078 (print) 1741-7260 (online)

Meyn, N. and Charlston, T. (2014) C. P. E. Bach: spiritual songs. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2014) The harmonious Thuringian: music from the early years of Bach and Handel. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2013) A discourse of styles: contrasting gigue types in the A Minor Jig from the Purcell Partial Autograph, GB-Lbl, MS Mus. 1. In: Interpreting Historical Keyboard Music: Sources, Contexts and Performance. Ashgate Historical Keyboard Series . Routledge, London. ISBN 9781409464266 (hardback) 9781138271944 (paperback) 9781315589596 (e-book)

Solomon, A. and Charlston, T. (2013) Couperin: Les Nations and Rebel: Caractères de la Danse. [Audio]

Meyn, N. and Charlston, T. and Bavington, P. (2012) C.P.E. Bach songs with clavichord: a conversation with Norbert Meyn and Terence Charlston. The British Clavichord Society Newsletter (54). pp. 3-10. ISSN 1359-5105 (print)

Charlston, T. (2012) 'Now swift, now hesitating': the stylus phantasticus and the art of fantasy. Musica Antiqua, 1 (2). pp. 30-35. ISSN 2049-1514

Charlston, T. (2012) Book review: 'French organ music in the reign of Louis XIV' by David Ponsford. The Organ, 90 (359). pp. 55-56. ISSN 0030-4883 (print)

Charlston, T. (2011) The Barony Hall Organ and its wider context. The Organ, 90 (356). pp. 22-26. ISSN 0030-4883 (print)

Charlston, T. (2010) Concealed within? Liturgical organ music in the Selosse manuscript. The Organ, 89 (353). pp. 15-20. ISSN 0030-4883 (print)

Charlston, T. (2010) Edition review: Bach: Vier Zeugnisse für Präfekten des Thomanerchores (1743–1749): Faksimile und Transkription, ed. Andreas Glöckner. The Organ, 89 (351). p. 61. ISSN 0030-4883 (print)

Brown, R. and Charlston, T. (2010) Quantz: Flute Sonatas vol. 1. Uppernote Publications, London.

Brown, R. and Charlston, T. (2010) Quantz: Flute Sonatas vol. 2. Uppernote Publications, London.

Charlston, T. (2010) La chasse royale: keyboard manuscript of Antoine Selosse. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2009) An instrument in search of its repertoire? The Theewes claviorgan and its use in the performance of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century keyboard music. Journal of the Royal College of Organists, 3. pp. 24-41. ISSN 0969-1642

Charlston, T. (2009) Carlo Ignazio Monza: Pièces Modernes pour le clavecin. Norskmusikforlag, Oslo. ISBN 978-82-7093-591-8

Charlston, T. (2009) Carlo Ignazio Monza: harpsichord music. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2008) William Byrd: for my Ladye Nevell. [Audio]

Morgan, R. and Charlston, T. and Rolton, A. (2007) An interview with Terence Charlston and Alexander Rolton. Music Teacher. p. 17. ISSN 0027-4461 (print) 2632-8658 (online)

Charlston, T. (2007) Albertus Bryne: keyboard music. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2007) Albertus Bryne: keyboard music for harpsichord and organ. Norskmusikforlag, Oslo. ISBN 978-82-7093-567-3

Charlston, T. (2006) An introduction to Restoration keyboard music II: Bryne, Roberts and Moss. Harpsichord & Fortepiano, 11 (1). pp. 14-27. ISSN 0953-0797 (print)

Charlston, T. (2006) A visit to the GOArt project, Göteborg. The British Clavichord Society Newsletter (36). pp. 13-16. ISSN 1359-5105 (print)

Charlston, T. (2006) An introduction to Restoration keyboard music I: Matthew Locke. Harpsichord & Fortepiano, 10 (2). pp. 26-36. ISSN 0953-0797 (print)

Charlston, T. (2006) Charles Wesley: Organ Concerto in G minor op. 2 no. 5. Norskmusikforlag, Oslo. ISBN 82-7093-558-1

Charlston, T. (2005) J. S. Bach arr. Terence Charlston: Concerto in D minor for organ (harpsichord) and strings after BWV 35 and 156. Peacock Press, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge. ISBN 1–904846–1016

Charlston, T. (2004) Matthew Locke arr. Terence Charlston: thirteen keyboard pieces for harpsichord and organ. Peacock Press, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge. ISBN 1–904846–0205

Solomon, A. and Charlston, T. (2003) Bach: Flute and Harpsichord Sonatas vol. 2. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2003) Early keyboard instruments: the Benton Fletcher collection at Fenton House. [Audio]

Charlston, T. (2003) Matthew Locke: complete keyboard works. [Audio]

Gwilt, R. and Charlston, T. (2003) J. S. Bach: Organ Trio Sonatas vol. 1 transcribed for two violins and continuo. RG Editions, Edition Walhall, Magdeburg, Germany.

Gwilt, R. and Charlston, T. (2003) J. S. Bach: Organ Trio Sonatas vol. 2 transcribed for violin, viola and continuo. RG Editions, Edition Walhall, Magdeburg, Germany.

Gwilt, R. and Charlston, T. (2003) J. S. Bach: Organ Trio Sonatas vol. 3 transcribed for two violins and continuo. RG Editions, Edition Walhall, Magdeburg, Germany.

Solomon, A. and Charlston, T. (2000) Bach: Flute Sonatas vol. 1. [Audio]

Charlston, T. Edmund Hooper (c. 1553–1621): 5 Keyboard Pieces performed on clavichord, Flemish harpsichord and chamber organ by Terence Charlston with ‘Some notes on the clavichord and the virginalists.’. [Website]

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