Charlotte Ashton

Charlotte Ashton

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Biography

Charlotte recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a First Class Honours and “The Principal’s Prize”. Here, she learned flute with Karen Jones and Sam Coles, and piccolo with Sophie Johnson and Helen Keen. Her formal musical training began at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, aged eleven, before joining The Purcell School for Young Musicians in 2008, where she studied under Clare Southworth.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including winning the 2015 Royal Overseas League Wind, Brass & Percussion finals, a Musicians’ Company Maisie Lewis Award, Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and Countess of Munster Trust, and the Royal Academy’s Chris Taylor Flute Award. She has given recitals in venues across the country, such as Bristol’s Colston Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and St. James’ Piccadilly, and has appeared as soloist with the City of London Sinfonia at the Cadogan Hall.

As a freelance orchestral musician, Charlotte is currently on trial for Principal Flute of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Royal Ballet, for Sub-Principal Flute/Piccolo with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and for Second Flute with the Hallé. She has appeared as Guest Principal with the City of London Sinfonia, and has also worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Welsh National Opera. She has been Principal Flute of the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and was selected for the London Sinfonietta Academy 2014 and the London Symphony Orchestra Wind Academy 2015. She performs regularly in and around London, whether it is with an orchestra, as a soloist or with her wind quintet, Notus Winds, winners of the Royal Academy’s prestigious Patrons’ Award.

The quintet has reached the finals of the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music competition twice and, as a result of performances throughout the competition, won the Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Music. They also performed in a BBC Proms Portrait celebrating Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and were extremely fortunate to travel to Brazil in 2013, to the Festival de Inverno near São Paulo, participating in orchestral projects, chamber music concerts and masterclasses.

Despite a busy playing schedule, Charlotte has a strong interest in outreach work and, during her three years at The Purcell School, organised and carried out many workshops and concerts. She was lucky enough to have the opportunity to take this work further afield, and represented Purcell at “The Commonwealth Resounds!” festival in Trinidad & Tobago (2009) and in Sri Lanka, four years later, this time as a workshop leader.

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