Richard with APRA Award
Richard Charlton
Richard Charlton
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All the guitar world was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Phillip Houghton. A dear friend and a uniquely gifted composer, he was an inspiration to all but particularly to me. I attended a special Celebration Concert of Phil's music at Montsalvat in Melbourne late last year; a place where we first met way back in 1989. Here are highlights courtesy of Guitarsonline. Also our own tribute from the Sydney Guitar Trio. Thank you to all who made this event so memorable and heartfelt.

I have done some new arrangements for Karin Schaupp's latest collaboration CD with cellist Umberto Clerici - Due out in April 2018.

My latest quartet, Five Tails in Cold Blood, was premiered by Tim Kain and Guitar Trek. Commissioned by Bill McIntyre to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Australia's much loved guitar group, the premiere was on 16 November in Sydney. See here for more details.

Under Latin Skies
, CD with Karin Schaupp & Katie Noonan. This has some iconic Latin tunes, arranged by myself, Doug de Vries, Ken Murray & others.

I had the great privilege of conducting the Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra (AGFO) at the 2016 Adelaide International Guitar Festival. More than 80 emerging guitarists of all ages, and from across the country, came together under the direction of myself and my colleague, guitar ensemble specialist Dr Paul Svoboda for an exhilarating performance at the Adelaide Town Hall. See part of the concert here

With the Sydney Guitar Trio - Raff and Janet.

"Richard Charlton is producing some of the most inspired and accessible guitar works of the present era" - an extract from a review in the UK magazine, Classical Guitar.  More...

Checkout my Podcast interview with Simon Powis:  Listen here

Watch some YouTube videos of my music:

THE BLACK COCKATOO (flying alone) - played by Australian guitarist Stephanie Jones

BLACK OPAL PRELUDE - listen to Anton Baranov, 2013 GFA winner from Russia

CANTILENA - a tutorial on one of my pieces currently in AMEB Grade 3, then watch me play it - Here

BERCEUSE - check-out this very artistic version by Chinese guitarist Wu Di

PARTIAL ECLIPSE, performed by 100 young guitarists in the '2014 Who's Next' Festival in Schouwburg Almere, Netherlands. Conducted by Peter Constant

Hear another guitar ensemble work as played at the 2013 Sydney Guitar Summer School . . . GREAT BARRIER

Go to my "LISTEN & PLAY" page for more sound files or go to my "ORDER" page to buy music . . .
Richard Charlton is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading guitarist/composers.

His works have been recorded & performed by many leading Australian and international players.

Richard's music combines a love of melody with a keen sense of harmonic & formal structure - music "to entice ear as well as the intellect"  More...

(Northern Herald).