Charlotte Barbour-Condini with the Royal Northern Sinfonia - May 2012

Reading History at UCL from 2014-17 and graduating with first-class honours and a Dean's List commendation, Charlotte was subsequently offered a postgraduate scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, with additional awards from Help Musicians UK and the Biddy Baxter and John Hosier Music Trust. At the Academy she studied recorder with Anna Stegmann and Pamela Thorby, and baroque violin with Nicolette Moonen, graduating in 2018 with a Distinction and a DipRAM award.

The first recorder player to become a BBC Young Musician concerto finalist and win the woodwind category final (2012), she has since performed with the English Chamber Orchestra and Academy of Ancient Music, as well as appearing on Radio 3's In Tune and Early Music Show. Concerts have included recitals at the Spitalfields Music Festival, Leeds International Concert Season and London International Early Music Festival.

A keen chamber musician, Charlotte is the founder of Parandrus, a recorder trio whose repertoire spans from the 14th Century to new commissions. Forming in the summer of 2017, the ensemble received first prize at the ORDA international competition in Amsterdam that same year. Collaborating with mezzo-soprano Sarah Anne Champion and recorder player Grace Shih, the group was also awarded first prize at the 2019 Nancy Nuttall Early Music competition, at the Royal Academy of Music.

Charlotte has also worked closely with harpsichordist, jazz pianist and composer David Gordon, premiering his recorder concerto, 'Romanesque', at the 2015 Ryedale Festival with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet. The concerto has since enjoyed multiple performances in London and Austria.

As a violinist, Charlotte is a founding member of the Chineke! Orchestra, working on a range of projects from the orchestra’s BBC Proms debut (2017) and performances at the Royal Festival Hall, to an upcoming Bob Marley recording and a collaboration with DJ and producer Carl Craig at the Royal Albert Hall. As a recorder player Charlotte has also performed with The Good, the Bad and the Queen (Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Simon Tong, Tony Allen) on Later with Jools Holland.

As a communicator, Charlotte has been a guest presenter on the BBC Radio 3 programme, ‘Inside Music’, and frequently writes programme notes for concerts with the Chineke! Orchestra.

Charlotte remains grateful for the generous support of the following organisations and individuals:

·    The Young Classical Artists Trust
 The Biddy Baxter and John Hosier Music Trust
 Help Musicians UK
 The Walter Bergmann Fund
 Clive and Adam Summerhayes
 

 

 

Reviews:

"Talk about a natural musician: Charlotte has everything - charisma, confidence, tremendous musicality, the bearing and spirit of a mature artist."  Jessica Duchen 

"..... recorder virtuosi are rarities - and nobody else has this talented girl's sunny charisma. One to watch."  Michael Church / The Independent 

"In the Recorder Concerto of Giuseppe Sammartini, Charlotte Barbour-Condini rose to the work's vigorous, lyrical and virtuosic writing. She produced beautiful tones that enraptured with birdsong sounds." Kevin Rogers / The Classical Source 

"..... Her engaging stage persona and extraordinary musical ability shining through..... An amazing and talented young woman, and a concert of pure joy." Andrew Benson-Wilson / Early Music Revie