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Terence Charlston enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, director, teacher and academic researcher. Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, he was drawn to the sound and repertoire of old instruments, especially the harpsichord, from an early age. He studied organ and harpsichord in Oxford and London where he took degrees in Music. Since then he has toured worldwide as a harpsichord and organ soloist and can be heard on over 100 commercial CDs playing all manner of historical keyboards including virginals, clavichord and fortepiano.

His concert repertoire spans the 16th century to the present day, reflecting his passionate interest in keyboard music of all types and styles. He was a member of London Baroque from 1995 until 2007 and is a core member of the ensemble Florilegium. He has recently recorded with the Magdalena Consort and is a member of The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments. He is a Patron and Director of the Lancashire Sinfonietta.

An authority on English and continental Baroque keyboard music, he has been responsible for many pioneering concerts, recordings and editions of music by Matthew Locke, Carlo Ignazio Monza, Albertus Bryne, William Byrd, the keyboard manuscript of Antoine Selosse and an extensive series of later seventeenth-century English keyboard sources in facsimile.

Terence is an important advocate of early keyboard instruments within the educational sphere and is privileged to have been given a significant role in the training of younger players. He has taught harpsichord and basso continuo at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 1989 and founded its Department of Historical Performance in 1995. He joined the staff of the Royal College of Music, London in 2007 as professor of harpsichord and in 2009 was invited to become Visiting Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he is now International Visiting Tutor in harpsichord.


CD details:

DDA 25122 The Harmonious Thuringian

DDA 25134 Mersenne's Clavichord