“She began composing only eight years ago, when 21 years old, but has already bagged an impressive series of commissions (Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Verbier among others) and emerged as one of the outstanding composing talents of her generation.”
(The Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential Londoners)
The composer Charlotte Bray has emerged as an outstanding talent of her generation. Her music exhibits an uninhibited ambition and desire to communicate and is described as vivid, exhilarating, and richly expressive with a lyrical intensity.
Notably 2012 saw the première of her BBC Proms commission At the Speed of Stillness for Sir Mark Elder and the Aldeburgh World Orchestra; and Invisible Cities, commissioned by the Verbier Festival and performed by Lawrence Power and Julien Quentin.
Charlotte is working with an increasingly wide range of musicians and ensembles. Her 2013 premières include a solo piano work for Mona Asuka Ott in the Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau, Germany; a sinfonia concertante work for Ensemble 360 (Music in the Round commission); and a new work for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra. She also has two premieres at Aldeburgh Festival: a mezzo soprano cycle for Lucy Schaufer and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; and two Blake settings for the New London Children’s Choir, a Royal Philharmonic Society commission.
Born in Britain in 1982, Charlotte studied at Birmingham Conservatoire under Joe Cutler, and the Royal College of Music, with Mark Anthony Turnage. She studied at Tanglewood Music Centre in 2008, and in 2011 was made an Honorary Member of Birmingham Conservatoire. She has won numerous prizes, including the RPS composition prize 2010.
Notable achievements include Beyond a Fallen Tree by the London Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding; Caught in Treetops (violin concerto) with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group under Oliver Knussen; Verre de Venise (Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier co-commission); and Scenes from Wonderland for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, soloist Jennifer Pike, and violinists from London Music Masters.