CGC 042 : Richard Charlton

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CGC 042 : Richard Charlton

Richard Charlton is one of Australia’s leading guitarists/composers. (Though he was originally born in the UK, he has been an Aussie since about the age of seven.) In this podcast Simon discusses many of Richard’s works for guitar, guitar ensemble, and more—several of which are featured listening here—but also what it’s like to compose for the guitar, and they even have a bit of a discussion about the Sacred Kingfisher bird! Please enjoy this wonderful conversation with Richard.

Featured works by Richard Charlton in this podcast:

  1. A Short Walk in the Rainforest (solo)
  2. Kingfisher (solo; from Kingfisher Dances)
  3. Déjà Vu (ensemble; from Three Distractions)
  4. Sky for Dreaming (ensemble; from Capricorn Skies)
  5. Reverie (solo)

Please check out more about Richard at his website:

and at Australian Music Centre:

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    Steve March 2, 2017 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Another excellent podcast interview. Thank you Simon and Richard.

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    Linda Tsardakas March 2, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Wonderful and interesting podcast! Might an ensemble – large or small – be treated to learning music by Richard Charlton at the CGC Summer School…?

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    Drew Burgess March 4, 2017 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Linda has a great idea. I like the idea of exploring contemporary works. Thank you for this podcast. The music is enchanting, full of evocative ideas and color. Mr. Charlton has a wonderful way of connecting the worlds of nature and human emotion. —Drew

  4. Janet Agostino March 6, 2017 at 5:32 am - Reply

    Hello Linda,
    It will be our very great pleasure to bring some Richard Charlton ensemble music to the CGC Summer School- can’t wait to share it with you. Raffaele and I as so excited to be coming over and meeting you all in June!
    Janet Agostino

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      Linda Tsardakas March 6, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Hello Janet!

      How nice to hear from you so far away. I’m sure you and Raffaele have a great deal of experience teaching Richard Charlton’s music in an ensemble setting like the upcoming Summer School. It will be a wonderful experience working with you. I am looking forward to June!

      Best regards,

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      Drew Burgess March 7, 2017 at 2:32 am - Reply

      Hello Janet,

      This sounds terrific—I look forward to meeting you and Raffaele in June!


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    James Huckson April 3, 2017 at 1:25 am - Reply

    Thanks Simon. Another great podcast! I am a Richard Charlton fan and I reckon ‘A Sky For Dreaming’ has to be one of my favourite pieces. Also I am one of those AMEB students who played ‘Reverie’ in the 3rd grade exam. I still love to play it every so often.

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