Charlotte harding is an award-winning composer, orchestrator and saxophonist. Her works include the ivors composer award-winning ‘convo’ for massed ensemble (royal albert hall) and the ivors composer award-nominated ‘them’ for contemporary dance company balletboyz (sadler’s wells/edinburgh festival/vaudeville theatre, west end).
Drawing on an eclectic mix of classical and cross-genre influences, her diverse career has seen her work performed in concert halls (queen elizabeth hall, kings place, cadogan hall, st john’s smith square, st martin-in-the-fields), at music festivals (womad, simple things, three choirs) and new music nights (nonclassical) alongside plays on bbc radio 3, bbc radio 6 and soho radio.
Recent works include ‘iorsa’, commissioned by the piatti string quartet & three choirs festival,‘dance in perpetuity’, a collaboration with choreogpraher ruth brill, english national ballet & portugal-uk 650, and the release of ‘iii’ & "‘palomino’, her debut ‘clectro’ tracks, described by tom robinson (bbc radio 6) as “extraordinary”. Earlier this year, charlotte was featured on the television series ‘reinventing the orchestra with charles hazelwood’(sky arts/now tv).
As an orchestrator and arranger, projects with paraorchestra have included collaborating with suede’s brett anderson for ‘death songbook’ (gŵyl 2021/bbc), reimagining the songs of barry white (park stage, glastonbury festival 2019), and creating realisations of works by electronic pioneer pauline oliveros for the concert ‘minimalism changed my life’ (queen elizabeth hall, london/bridgewater hall, manchester). Charlotte also orchestrated mercury prize -nominated hannah peel’s no.1 classical album ‘the unfolding’ released on real world records.
As a saxophonist, charlotte co-founded ‘over 100 years of women and the saxophone’ with acclaimed saxophonist amy green which launched at the world saxophone congress, saxopen, in strasbourg and made its debut in the usa in collaboration with pennsylvania state university in early 2020. She also featured on keaton henson’s latest album ‘monument’ (pias).
Charlotte is passionate about the role of music in health, education and wellbeing and has collaborated with leading arts organisations including royal philharmonic orchestra, streetwise opera, rcm sparks, youth music theatre uk and english national ballet. She is a trustee of the pete handley percussion award and has been an associate lecturer at goldsmiths university, london.
Charlotte studied at the royal college of music, london with mark-anthony turnage (composition) and martin robertson (saxophone) and on graduating was awarded the prestigious queen elizabeth the queen mother rosebowl.