Charlotte had a great time down in Cookham with Tom and the team at a festival show for ‘Rock the Moor’.

The show was a full 80’s extravaganza, with groups and artists such as The Human League, Billy Ocean, Haircut 100 and many more.

Charlotte and the band were playing to crowds of 15-20,000 people that day in the scorching May heat.

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 along with the Tom Bailey team travelled out to Australia for two weeks, supporting Culture Club on the last leg of their tour through November and December.

Shows saw the group in major arenas and stadiums in cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and many more.

Here are a few pictures from the tour. Tom and the band found themselves on stage with Boy George and the rest of Culture Club for “Karma Chameleon”, the last song of their set.

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Charlotte along with the Tom Bailey team will be travelling out to Australia for two weeks of gigs supporting Culture Club on the last leg of their Australia 2017 Tour.

Shows will be performed across the end of the November through to the middle of December at cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and many more.

The band will be supporting Boy George on each of his headline gigs across each venue and city.

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.