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 ‘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. She recently composed Them for the BalletBoyz double bill Them/Us, which made its London debut at Sadler’s Wells followed by runs at The Vaudeville Theatre (West End) and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She previously worked with BalletBoyz on their 2017 production Fourteen Days, collaborating with choreographer Craig Revel Horwood to create The Indicator Line. Her concert hall works have received performances at prestigious venues including Kings Place, Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square. Spring 2019 saw her massed ensemble work Convo premiere at The Royal Albert Hall (RAH); a commission from the RAH, Royal College of Music and Tri-Borough Music Hub. Collaborations with the British Paraorchestra include co-composing the electro-orchestral work kraftwerk re:werk, which premiered at the Simple Things festival in Bristol and orchestrating and arranging the music of Barry White for ‘The Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra’. The set premiered at The Park stage, Glastonbury Festival 2019, featuring guest artists including YolanDa Brown, Clive Deamer (Radiohead) Gruff Rhys and Lianne La Havas.
As an Associate Composer with Nonclassical, her works were performed at various events, and EP, for cello and percussion, featured on their release Outside the Lines - Vol. 2. Other collaborations include Antiphon for soprano and cajon, which was created with sculptor and installation artist Tabatha Andrews and premiered at The Science Gallery, London, and writing various pieces for London-based Box 9 Drumline. Works for media include co-scoring the wildlife documentary Ingenious Animals for Oxford Scientific Films 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 projectOver 100 Years of Women and the Saxophone with saxophonist Amy Green. This has been presented at various events and educational institutions including the World Saxophone Congress, ‘Saxopen’ (Strasbourg) and the First International Conference on Women's Work in Music (Bangor University).
photography: Eric oliveira