RICHARD CHARLTON

Guitarist/Composer

With students at the Mozarteum
With students at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

MY LATEST NEWS!

Long time colleagues, Oliver Fartach-Naini & Lee Song-Ou , celebrate a quarter of a century playing together with their CD - "GUITAR DUO 25". They have included my duet, commissioned by them a few years ago, ALONG PARALLEL LINES. Listen to part of the track HERE

My very latest ensemble work, "THE JOURNEY OF LIGHT & SHADE", commissioned by Christian Moritz for the Jugend Guitarren Orchester Hamburg has just been recorded on their new CD "Dedicated" and is also just published by Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag in Hamburg. I was very pleased to meet the group and be at their CD launch. Their concert was the opening event of the 7th Hamburg Guitar Festival. Listen to the 2nd movement - HERE

I had the great privilege of conducting the Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra (AGFO) at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival this year. 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. We did the opening half of a concert featuring the Australian String Quartet with Slava Grigoryan, Karin Schaupp and Wolfgang Muthspiel. It all seemed to go very well - the audience gave us a standing ovation!

The SONATA OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS has just been premiered in New Zealand at the 2016 Taranaki Guitar Summer School. This is my latest guitar solo, commissioned and performed by Timothy Kain. It has been a privilege to work with Tim on many commissions over the years and together we have produced a fine body of work. This latest piece is a sonata in four movements with a slightly unusual tuning - E,G#, C#,g,b,e.

Just out - NIGHT RAIN IN A TROPICAL GARDEN on John Couch's new CD "Ask Me Tomorrow". This is a two movement work for violin & guitar commissioned by John back in 2009. The CD is an all contemporary disc with works by Campbell Ross, Marian Budos, Sally Greenway and John himself. For more info or to order - HERE

I was very pleased to take part in the 2015 Guitarissimo Concert at Elder Hall in Adelaide recently. Guitar lecturer at the Elder Conservatorium Oliver Fartach-Naini, organised a whole concert of my works including the ensemble pieces, Inner Voices & Other Dimensions. This was a special celebration concert for my 60th year and I also conducted and tutored for several days leading up to the concert. My deep thanks to Oliver and all the students who worked so hard on my behalf.

CANTO ANTIGO is my good friends Oliver Fartach-Naini and Lee Song-Ou who have teamed up with Korean violinist Zia Shin and recorded a whole disc of foksongs from around the world. Several of my arrangements of Spanish folksongs and Klezmer music are featured.  Go to my ORDER page to buy!

After being recorded quite a few years ago now, Mosaic has finally been released on an ABC Classics CD titled - Mosaic (Australian Guitar Concertos). Karin Schaupp is the soloist together with the Tasmainian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ben Northey. The disc features all Australian guitar concertos with Peter Sculthorpe's Nourlangie, Ross Edwards' Arafura Dances and Philip Bracanin's concerto. Details - HERE.

My ensemble work, "INNER VOICES", commissioned by Jason Sagebiel for the New York City Guitar Orchestra just had another performance in NY at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street. The Australian premiere was conducted by the composer at the 2015 Sydney Guitar Summer School last Jan.

Listen to Russian guitarist Anton Baranov play, BLACK OPAL PRELUDE, commissioned by the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Festival as the set work for the competition first round.

My ensemble work "OTHER DIMENSIONS" was part of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's Centenary Commissioning Project. This was commissioned by Raffaele Agostino and is scored for guitar ensemble in 3 parts (with some solos sections), Double Bass and 2 Percussionists. It was premiered on June 4 in the Recital Hall West at the Sydney Con. The Melbourne premiere happened last October under Ken Murray with the University of Melbourne Guitar Ensemble.

The Guitar Trek CD (Six Fish) celebrates 25 years of this unique ensemble. Featured is my guitar quartet "CAPRICORN SKIES" and "DREAMS & DANCES ON MORETON BAY". The disc is an all-Australian affair also containing Nigel Westlake's 'Six Fish' and works by Phillip Houghton and Martin Wesley-Smith. (Tall Poppies TP221)


Australian publisher "Reed Music" has recently published all 3 of my song cycles - Songs of the Tide, Dust on a Butterfly's Wing & Statues. For more info or to order go to their online store - www.reedmusic.com

German publisher "Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag" has recently published all of my mandolin ensemble music - Dances for the Mandolin & the Moon; Adventures of the Duyfken; A Day at the Circus. For more info go to - www.trekel.de


MY LATEST PUBLICATIONS OF GUITAR MUSIC . . .

"FIVE TEN & FIFTEEN" - for guitar solo. (Contains Five Short Pieces, Ten Exotic Preludes & Fifteen Elementary Studies) - many of these are listed in the latest AMEB Syllabus - beginner to intermediate level.

"COLLECTED THOUGHTS", contains both Afterthoughts Series plus other solos including "The Lady of the Lake" & "The Black Cockatoo".

Want to order some music? go to the ORDERS page or just email me.