Charlotte Harding is a composer and saxophonist from East Yorkshire. She studied composition at the Royal College of Music with Mark-Anthony Turnage and on graduating was awarded the prestigious ‘Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Rose Bowl’. Highlights during her time at the RCM included winning the RCM Concerto Competition with her work ‘Fuse’ for orchestra and drum kit, and writing ‘Fleot Fanfares’ for the visit of HRH Prince Charles in 2012.
Charlotte has written works for an eclectic mix of leading soloists and ensembles, cross-art collaborations and media. Recent commissions include ‘Them’, for the BalletBoyz double bill ‘Them/Us’, which made its London debut at Sadler’s Wells, ‘kraftwerk re:werk’, an electro-orchestral project with the British Paraorchestra which premiered at the Simple Things Festival in Bristol and ‘Convo’, a massed ensemble work which premiered at the Royal Albert Hall. Her concert hall works have received performances at prestigious venues including Kings Place, Cadogan Hall and st-martin-in-the-fields. orchestration projects include ‘The Love unlimited synth orchestra’ - a celebration of the music of barry white. performed by the British paraorchestra and special guests. the set premiered at the park stage, Glastonbury festival 2019. Published works include ‘Voyage, A Concerto for Soprano Saxophone’, which is regularly performed by eminent saxophonists, including Richard Ingham. As an Associate Composer with NonClassical, her works have been performed at various club nights, and ‘EP’, for cello and percussion, features on their latest release ‘Outside the Lines, - Vol. 2’. Works for media include co-scoring the wildlife documentary ‘Ingenious Animals’ for OSF which aired on BBC One.
Charlotte is passionate about the role of music in education and health and has been involved with a wide range of organisations including English National Ballet, RCM Sparks, and the ‘Parkinson’s Can Dance’ programme at Balletboyz. She also co-founded the project ‘Over 100 Years of Women and the Saxophone’ with saxophonist Amy Green which has been presented at various events and educational institutions including at the World Saxophone Congress, ‘Saxopen’ (Strasbourg) and the First International Conference on Women's Work in Music (Bangor University).
photography: Eric oliveira