Charlotte Turner (nee Wilson) trained as a pianist from a young age, attending Chetham’s School of Music and then the Royal Northern College of Music.
It was here that in 2005 she began to study the harpsichord under the tuition of Sharon Gould. She has since worked with Ketil Haugsand, Laurence Cummings and Robert Howarth.
Since graduating with a Distinction in harpsichord performance in 2007 she has performed across the UK, winning second prize twice in the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition 2007 and 2009 and appearing with her ensemble ‘Consort 1700’ in the Ripon International Music Festival, The Leeds International Concert Series, as a guest with Ensemble 360 and Nicola Benedetti in Sheffield City Hall, Manchester Camerata, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a soloist at the Brugges International Harpsichord Exhibition.
Education work has always been important to Charlotte and she has been fortunate to have worked for the charity Live Music Now! with her ensemble for several years. This has allowed her to take music into hospitals, care homes and schools for severely disabled and deprived children and adults.
In 2009 Charlotte won Arts Council Funding to organise Manchester’s inaugural Baroque Festival involving visits to local schools and a weekend of concerts. Since then she has worked hard to raise the profile of Baroque music in Manchester which has included directing Handel’s opera, ‘Tamerlano’, in the International Anthony Burgess Centre and will soon involve two performances of Bach’s Brandenburg V in unusual and accessible venues: Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club and The Royal Exchange Theatre.
Charlotte has received excellent reviews for her recent recitals at London’s Fenton House and Handel House, and her playing has been described as, ‘vividly communicative’ and ‘exquisitely precise and beautiful’.
Charlotte teaches harpsichord and piano privately, and at Chetham’s School of Music where she is also Joint Team Leader of the Practice Department.