Charlotte has just started working with Gareth Griffiths of COOL Music for the Chamber Orchestra of London as a part-time fixer for orchestral film and tv recording sessions.
She has had the pleasure of working with Gareth on several sessions involving the Chamber Orchestra of London.
This line of work will see her in studios such as Abbey Road Studios, AIR Studios and Angel Studios on session for various film and TV projects, helping to manage and oversee session on behalf of the orchestral players.
She had her first set of sessions at Abbey Road Studio 3 and Angel Studios, Studio 1 on the TV series, ‘Vanity Fair’, music composed by Isobel Waller Bridge. ‘Vanity Fair’ will be airing later this summer in ITV.
Here is a link to the Chamber Orchestra of London’s website:
Charlotte had another fantastic opportunity playing with Tom and the team around the UK for A-HA’s UK tour.
The shows hit cities such as Yeovil, Blackpool, Darlington and many more. Each gig also had other bands supporting such as OMD and China Crisis. This has been one of Tom’s first UK supporting tours in several years.
Charlotte had the amazing opportunity to be on session for Guy Farley’s second album for Audio Networks – ‘Endeavour’ recorded in Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios.
The album is a collection of edited and re-worked pieces from his Bear Grylls’ Endeavour Live Tour work, which was recorded back in 2017. The album has been developed for use within Audio Networks libraries.
The morning session saw the string section being recorded, followed by the brass in the afternoon as well as the percussion.
Charlotte was assisting Guy on this session, helping prepare parts, scores as well as helping the players with any corrections that needed to be made on the floor.
Here is a video of the string session in the morning, recording and rehearsing:
Here is a video of the brass session in the afternoon, recording and rehearsing:
And here is a video of the percussion in the afternoon, recording and rehearsing:
Charlotte had another great opportunity to assist on the Commonwealth Games ‘Jerusalem’ recording at Abbey Road Studios, Studio 1 for Tokio Myers, Guy Farley and Craigie Dodds.
For this recording, the old hymn, ‘Jerusalem’ was brought forward into the modern day, edited with big drum beats, Tokio at the piano as well as full orchestra and gospel choir.
With a mammoth day ahead, it started with sectional recording of the orchestra, followed by the full piece performed and filmed for the Commonwealth Games’ anthem in Studio 1. The whole of Abbey Road was hired for the day, including both Studio 2 and 3. With 300 people working throughout the studio, it was a busy 12-hour day putting the music and filming together.
Charlotte helped to assist on the floor of Studio 1 with individual parts for the players, full scores as well as general assistance. She also helped run and manage the gospel choir rehearsals up in Studio 3.
Below is a video of one of the takes from the main recording with the full orchestra:
And here is the final Commonwealth Games ‘Jerusalem’ Anthem film that was broadcast across the country:
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:
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.