Charlotte recently had another great set of gigs with the Johnny Hates Jazz team. The gigs were part of two separate 80’s nights’ events in Skegness and Bognor Regis.

The band had one hour sets on both nights to a crowd of excited 80’s fans with each venue reaching a capacicty of 500 people.

Charlotte was playing piano and singing backing vocals.

Below is clip of the band in sound check rehearsing ‘Me and my Foolish Heart’:

Charlotte had the great opportunity to assist on the Christmas campaign for Very.com in Studio 1 at Abbey Road Studios.

The session was spread across the day, with the full seventy-piece orchestra recorded in the morning session, the separate percussion in the afternoon, followed by mixing and mastering in the control room of Studio 1 in the evening.  Additions to the orchestra included the piano, harp, celeste as well as a mark tree and the sleigh bells.

Charlotte was on hand to assist players with parts, full scores, part alterations and on general standby for any issues that may have arose during the session.

Here is a clip of the orchestra, particularly the brass section in rehearsal:

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Charlotte has completed her first major commission. The piece is a concert overture and is written for a sixty-piece orchestra with the addition of the piano and harp.

The piece was given the title, ‘Volnost’ as well as its original Polish title, ‘Wolność’ which means ‘freedom’ or ‘to be set free’.

The piece will be performed by the ‘Eroica orchestra’ who are a semi-professional orchestra based in Chichester, made up of a mixture of students and players studying at various conservatoires across the country. The orchestra will be conducted by the young and upcoming conductor, James Thomas. The performance will take place early in 2018.

Dates and details of the performance will be posted up shortly.

Charlotte had the fantastic opportunity to be involved on a recording session for Tokio Myers new and upcoming album. She was assisting on the day with preparation of parts and scores, as well as helping with the general running of the day.

The day consisted of a three-hour brass session in the morning, a gospel choir and children’s choir in the afternoon, followed by various percussive instruments played by Tokio in the evening. The session was held at Angel Studios, in Studio 1.

Below is a clip of one of the takes of the brass session:

Below is another clip of the brass session, taken from inside the control booth:

Here is a clip of the gospel choir singing one of the chorus lines to the track ‘Baltimore’:

And here is a clip of the children’s choir singing the chorus to ‘Angel’:

After recently joining the Johnny Hates Jazz team, Charlotte had her first gigs with the team across a weekend in the north of England.

The first gig found Charlotte up in Lytham for the Lytham Festival, playing alongside bands such as Living in a Box and the Human League. She later played In Scarborough as well as the Rewind North 80’s Festival, one of the biggest 80’s festivals in the UK, with an audience of up to 20,000 people.

For these gigs, Charlotte has been playing piano as well as singing backing vocals.

Charlotte had another fantastic opportunity playing with the Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey at the Walled Garden Festival 2017, at Brightling Park.

The Festival is held annually and is situated in the Walled Garden itself, which is a natural amphitheater.

The band played their full set list for the show, with a turnout of over 600 people.

Charlotte has had the great opportunity to be working with the very talented pianist and artist, Tokio Myers. He has released several singles and EP’s over the last couple of years.

Tokio is currently in the process of creating his new album after being signed by Syco Sony which is due to be released sometime later this year.

As the runner for the sessions, Charlotte has been on hand assisting within the studio for Tokio, the producers, Guy Farley and Craigie Dodds, as well as engineer, Hugh Fothergill. She has also recorded cello and sung backing vocals for several tracks on the album.

Over the last year, Charlotte has been working on her biggest piece of work to date. Earlier in 2016, She was commissioned by the young, upcoming conductor, James Thomas to write a concert overture for 60 players for the Eroica orchestra.

The piece will be performed in concert later this year, alongside other well-known concert repertoire.

The piece has now reached the scoring stages of preparation, with small tweaks and alterations being made before being sent off to the printers.

Johnny Hates Jazz

Charlotte has recently joined the 80’s band, Johnny Hates Jazz with original band members, Clark Datchler and Mike Nocito. She will be playing gigs across the country as well abroad. She will be joining them for her first gigs throughout the summer festival season in the UK.

Charlotte has made it into this quarterly edition of PRS for Music’s ‘M Magazine’. She is featured in the ‘Just Joined’ section on page 4.

‘M Magazine’ is distributed to over 120,000 composers, songwriters and music publisher members, contains PRS news and features on the creative community within the music industry.

Here is the online link below to the article found in the magazine:

http://www.m-magazine.co.uk/genres/classical/just-joined-spring-2017/