Richard with APRA Award
Richard Charlton
Richard Charlton
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News, new works, new CDs:

My latest work Shorelines was commissioned by Matt Withers & the  Acacia Quartet. This piece for guitar & string quartet is set to be premiered on the 18 August at the National Aboretum in Canberra; with further performances in Sydney & Melbourne. For details click here

Also just completed, a work for the guitar duo Amythis, "The Lake of Stars", which Harold and Veronique toured in April here in Australia and in Germany. Based on images of Lake Tyrrell in Victoria.

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 cello & guitar arrangements for Karin Schaupp's latest collaboration CD, Wayfaring with cellist Umberto Clerici, released in March. Check out my version of the Dvorak song "Lasst mich allein". here

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 last November in Sydney.

Under Latin Skies
, CD with Karin Schaupp & Katie Noonan won 2017 Aria Award for Best World music album. 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. 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).