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The Cloud

A new song cycle based on Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem of the same name, will be premiered in Brussels on 22 February 2015 and Bristol, UK on 8 May 2015 by Charlotte Newstead and Christopher Northam. Further details and listen to a preview.

Gaudete! Gaudete! Christus est Natus!

A new carol based on the traditional Piae Cantiones text was premiered in Brussels by Brussels Chamber Choir on 11 and 12 December 2014. A video of the second performance can be seen here on YouTube.


Alan Charlton's music encompasses choral, chamber, orchestral, educational, theatre and operatic music. His recent works have explored extended, intricate canons (Sonata Canonica, Mirror Suite and Gaudete!), and a technique of combining two scales at once to produce rich harmonies (The Cloud, Fantasy). His musical style is highly lyrical, with an original, expressive harmonic language rooted in early twentieth century music. His compositions have been awarded many prizes, receiving performances throughout Europe and as far afield as India, Tanzania and the USA.


An author and contributor to ten books on music, Alan Charlton's GCSE revision guides and composition books published by Rhinegold Education have become standard textbooks in schools across the UK. He is author of the bestselling How to Read Music, which has been translated into French and a regular contributor of teaching resources and reviews to Rhinegold's Music Teacher magazine.


Alan Charlton has many years' experience teaching composition, music and music technology and ten years of A level examining experience. He offers highly skilled private tuition in composition, music theory and GCSE and A level music.