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Professor Terence Charlston

MA, MMus, FRCO, ARAM

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

Charlston, T. (2019) David Evans 1936–2018: an appreciation. Harpsichord & Fortepiano, 23 (1). 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 at the Court of Frederick the Great. [Audio]

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 978-90-73029-47-7

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

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 978-90-73029-47-7

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

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

Charlston, T. (2015) English keyboard music c.1650-c.1700: a series of facsimiles of manuscript sources, volume 1: London, Royal College of Music library, MS 2093. Norsk Musicforlag. ISBN 9788270937073

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

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)

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 13595105

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

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