Alan Charlton

List of Works

    1. Orchestral

    An experienced orchestral composer, with twelve works having received performances, Alan Charlton's output includes Look and Bow Down, for choir, soloists and orchestra, Violin Concerto, which has been performed by both Christopher George and Marcus Barcham-Stevens, the overture The Tide of Time and the SPNM-shortlisted Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra. Other large ensemble works include Concertino for string ensemble, performed by the Mikkeli City Orchestra, Finland, The Golden Bough, a chamber opera written for soloists, chorus and 14 instrumentalists, Three Portraits for ten-piece brass ensemble and A Bedford Overture for wind orchestra.

    1. Look and Bow Down - see Choral
    2. Ode (2002)
      • symphony orchestra (2222.4331, perc. (2 players), timp, strings), 9'
      • fp: Bedford School First Orchestra/Andrew Morris, Bedford School, Bedford, 5.7.02

    3. The Tide of Time (2000)
    4. Violin Concerto (1993, revised 1998)
    5. Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra (1995/6)
    6. A Latymer Overture (1995)
    7. Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra (1991)
    8. Four Inky Sketches - see Educational
    9. (Songs of Summer (1992) - Withdrawn)
    10. (Symphony no.1, First Movement (1988-9) - Withdrawn)
    11. (Scherzo for Orchestra (1987) - Withdrawn)

    2. Wind Band/Military Band

    1. Bedford Festival Overture (1999)

    3. Operatic/Stage

    1. The Golden Bough (1994)
    2. Heads off for Henry - See Educational

    4. Chamber/Ensemble

    The best known of Charlton's chamber works is the critically acclaimed String Quartet no.1, commissioned by the Cat Quartet for the 1994 Harrogate International Festival, and which has been since been performed by The Lindsays, the Quince Quartet and the Mikkeli String Quartet of Finland, and selected for the 1995 Manchester Composers' Platform. Quintetto was awarded first prize in the National Power Composers' Competition in 1995 and performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in 1997. The cellist Bernard Gregor-Smith has commissioned several pieces, including Duo Concertant, Sonata for Cello and Piano for the Music in the Round Festival and Studies for Piano Trio.

    Chamber music involving guitar includes Partita for the Pro Arte Guitar Trio, Suite for Cello and Guitar for Richard Hand and Leonid Gorokhov and Cançion del Oeste for guitar trio. Étude for solo horn received an honorary mention in the 2003 International Horn Society composition competition and has been published by IHS Press, while Charlton's Clarinet Quartet was chosen as 'Clarinet Quartet of the Year' by the London Chamber Group.

    1. Fantasy (2011)
    2. Ajante (2011)
    3. Fantasia on She'll be Coming Round the Mountain (2010)
    4. String Quartet no.2 (2008)
    5. Partita (2004)
    6. Miniatures for Piano Trio (2004)
    7. Clarinet Quartet (2002)
    8. Concertino (1992, revised 2001)
    9. Three Portraits (2000)
    10. Cancion del Oeste (2000)
    11. Quintetto (1995, revised 1996)
    12. String Quartet no.1 (1994, revised 1995 and 2005)
    13. Wind Trio no.1 (1988, revised 2000, 2012)
    14. Wedding Fanfare - see Incidental/Occasional
    15. Bacchanale - see Incidental/Occasional
    16. (Clarinet Trio (1993) - Withdrawn)
    17. (Romanza for String Quartet (1992) - Withdrawn)
    18. (Introduction, Allegro and Postlude (1992) - Withdrawn)
    19. (Movement for String Quartet (1992) - Withdrawn)

    5. Solos and Duos

    1. Sonata Canonica (2012)
    2. Five Mirror Canons (2012)
    3. Fugue on Domus Pater (2011)
    4. Intermezzo (2011)
    5. Duo for Eclectica! (2008)
    6. Phantasy Duo (2008)
    7. A Bedford Overture (2008)
    8. Suite for Cello and Guitar (2005)
    9. Étude (2003)
    10. Coronation Dance (2001)
    11. Sonata for Cello and Piano (1999)
    12. Duo Concertant (1997)
    13. Suite for Harp (1997, revised 1998)
    14. Suite for Clarinet (1996/7)
    15. Eileen Norris' Notebook - see Educational
    16. (Soliloquy for Solo Viola (1992) - Withdrawn)

    6. Choral

    Charlton's most substantial choral work is the 30 minute cantata for choir, soloists and chamber orchestra, Look and Bow Down, commissioned for the 450th anniversary of Christ's Hospital school, and performed to a sell-out audience at the Barbican in March 2003. Classical Music magazine selected it as one of their 'Premieres of the Year', calling it 'an outstanding work'. Other prizewinning choral works include Earth, Sweet Earth for choir and strings, awarded the Premiere Composition Prize and first performed by the William Byrd Singers and Capriccio in 1998, and Jubilate Deo, for choir, brass and organ, winner of the 2004 John Armitage Memorial Prize.

    A cappella choral works include A Solis Ortus Cardine, a prizewinner in the 2001 European Composition Competition for Cathedral Choirs, Bring us Good Ale, a winner of the 2007 John Armitage Memorial Prize, Psalm 81, and Moyo Wangu, which was met with a rapturous reception at its Tanzanian premiere in 2009.

    1. Fugue on Domus Pater (2011)
    2. The Snow in the Street (2011)
    3. Two Cricket Canons (2011)
    4. Bring us Good Ale (Revised Version) (2011)
    5. Moyo Wangu (2009)
    6. Psalm 81 (2007)
    7. Bring Us Good Ale (2006)
    8. Jubilate Deo (2002-3)
    9. Look and Bow Down (2002-3)
    10. Te Lucis Ante Terminum (2001)
    11. A Solis Ortus Cardine (1999)
    12. A Babe is Born (1998/99)
    13. Earth, Sweet Earth (1998)
    14. (Three Pastoral Songs (1996) - Withdrawn)

    7. Voice and Piano

    1. Night of the Dance (1999)
    2. A Babe is Born (1998)
    3. Haze (1992)
    4. (The Unbeholden Land (1997) - Withdrawn)

    8. Educational

    Alan Charlton has written extensively for younger performers, including 19 works for Bedford School. These range from the popular cantata for children's choir and small ensemble, Heads off for Henry, the cycle of piano pieces Eileen Norris's Notebook and the carol A Babe is Born. A well-known writer in the field of music education, he has written standard textbooks on GCSE and A level composition, a book called 'How to Read Music', and contributed to several A level study guides and an encyclopedia of musical instruments. He is also a regular contributor to Classroom Music.

    1. Fluet (2003)
    2. Concerto Semplice (2002)
    3. Heads off for Henry (2001)
    4. Eileen Norris' Notebook (2000-1)
    5. Four Inky Sketches (2000/2002)

    9. Incidental/Occasional

    1. Oculis Omnium (2000)
      • SATB or ATB, 1'
      • fp: Bedford School Chapel Choir, 28.3.01, Bedford School, Bedford

    2. Wedding Fanfare (2000)
    3. Bacchanale (2000)
    4. The Marquise (1993)
    5. A Busy Day (1993)


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