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Charley began playing Euphonium at the age of 11. On leaving school, he was appointed Solo Euphonium of some of the top brass bands in London & Bristol, and was successful in winning many solo competitions.With the west London based Hanwell Band, he was featured in many ‘chart’ recordings including the Peter Skellern hit ‘You’re A Lady’ and the late Terry Wogan’s version of ‘The Floral Dance’ alongside many appearances on the Esther Rantzen TV show ‘That’s Life’ on which the band performed the theme music. In 1996 he was awarded the trophy for ‘The Most Outstanding Euphonium Player’ in the Championship brass band section of the London National Finals.That year he joined the Buckinghamshire Symphonic Winds and the New River Wind Ensemble based in London, and performing a transcription of the Joseph Horovitz Euphonium Concerto at a BASBWE conference in Cambridge, which led to the publication of the wind band version by the composer. He was later to take on the role of Musical Director with the NRW and also the Burnham Concert Band and the Vale Symphonic Winds in Wendover. It was with the Burnham Band that he visited France as guest soloist and conductor, shared with the l’orchestra d’Harmonie de Lezay.In November of 2004, he signed a contract with the World renowned Swiss Euphonium manufacturers, Willson, as a performing artist. He is currently celebrating 21 years as soloist (and guest conductor) with the BBC Elstree Concert Band, based at Maida Vale Studios in London. He is also a guest artist with Ascot Brass, the Windsor Brass Collective and the London Brass Symposium. In 2017 he was the guest soloist in the very first Big & Brassy Massed Bands Concert in Aldershot.Charley also contributes articles and reviews to ITEA (USA), the British Bandsman, the Salvation Army Bandsman, Winds & Classical Music magazines.He has performed with the Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hatfield Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra, the Hounslow Symphony Orchestra and the Fulham Symphony Orchestra and has premiered Concertos with the Nonesuch String Orchestra, the Christ Church Canterbury University Wind Orchestra and the Southampton University Sinfonietta. As a former Principal Euphonium he was also invited to perform in the Sun Life Stanshawe Band Reunion Concert in Bristol in 2010.His collection of over 30 vintage Euphoniums were featured at the Brass Arts Festival in 2008, held in Leeds University and Leeds Town Hall, after an invitation from Dr. Nicholas Childs and David Thornton of the Black Dyke Band. He also gave another presentation to members of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors at a conference in Woking, Surrey.Charley teaches brass and in 2008 visited Virginia, USA where he gave a number of master classes for composer friend Steven Barton at the prestigious Thomas Dale High School and attended the U.S. Army Tuba/Euphonium Conference. He returned to the U.S. to perform at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in June of that year, held in Cincinnati, Ohio.In 2011 he premiered a special transcription of John Rutter’s Suite Antique, for Euphonium & Winds at the Dorchester Abbey (Oxon) Music Festival and on a tour of Belgium, with the BBC Elstree Concert Band.He has also performed as soloist on a tour of Paris with the BBC Elstree Concert Band and was the featured soloist in Enfield in a concert with the North London Brass Band and with the Salvation Army in Bristol for The Kenya Trust. He also performed at the launch of the new Prestige Promotions Brass in a shared concert with the Black Dyke Band in Guildford Cathedral. Christmas activities included regular performances at the Pinewood Studios Carol Concerts in Buckinghamshire. Both he & Sue are members of the Staines Band of the Salvation Army and Charley was appointed Deputy Bandmaster with them in September 2013.The above international opportunities and recognition have largely come about as a result of performing at the St. Mary’s Saturday Lunchtime Concert Recitals with Malcolm Stowell, to whom he is very grateful. You can follow Charley on Facebook, Twitter (@CharleyBrighton), Youtube & Soundcloud (Highams) or his website at;

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