Richard with APRA Award
Richard Charlton
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On Song is Guitar Trek's latest album, an exploration of popular song.
I was one of seven composers invited to create new works based on pop songs. Transforming Friday is my slightly Baroque take on Friday on My Mind. Click here to find out more or download the album. Listen to my piece here.

A Vision of Angels - here - a short fantasia on "Be Thou My Vision" is part of the book FANTASIES, FAIRIES & FOLKTALES. You can download the single piece for free, just go to my "Listen & Play" page.

It has been a little while since I put out a new ensemble book but here are some of my Baroque re-imaginings! BASICALLY BAROQUE is a collection of three works by Handel, Telemann & Vivaldi. Click here to listen to part of the opening Handel work. There is a sample of the book here. Go to my ORDERS page to buy (EG31).

My suite for solo guitar Featherlines - (a suite of Australian Birds) has been recorded by my long term colleague, John Couch on his new CD "Whenua o te Manu". Available on his website, on Spotify & Amazon.

I recently won the Matt Withers' 2022 Australian Music Composition Competition. This will result in a new guitar duo for Matt and fellow guitarist Callum Henshaw to play, called "Hanging in the Balance". You can read more in Limelight - Here

Have a listen to the new guitar solo I wrote for Stephanie Jones - Beneath a River of Stars. It was only released in 2021 but has already racked up over 50K views. Thanks Stephanie! Watch it Here

Another exciting worldwide release, my Sonata of Forgotten Dreams - on Tim Kain's new solo CD "Forgotten Dreams" also on NAXOS. See Here for more info, previews and to order.

With the Sydney Guitar Trio - Raff and Janet.

"Richard Charlton is producing some of the most inspired and accessible guitar works of the present era" - an extract from a review in the UK magazine, Classical Guitar.  More...

Checkout my Podcast interview with Simon Powis:  Listen here

Watch some YouTube videos of my music:

TANGO IN THE RAIN - performed by my good friend and colleague Giuseppi Zangari.

SHORELINES - quintet for guitar & strings played by Matt Withers and Acacia Quartet

THE BLACK COCKATOO (flying alone) - played by Australian guitarist Stephanie Jones.

Also see her "lesson" on how to perform this work on the Tonebase website - Here

BLACK OPAL PRELUDE - listen to Anton Baranov, 2013 GFA winner from Russia.

CANTILENA - a tutorial on one of my pieces currently in AMEB Grade 3, then watch me play it - Here

BERCEUSE - check-out this very artistic version by Chinese guitarist Wu Di.

Go to my "LISTEN & PLAY" page for more sound files or go to my "ORDER" page to buy music . . .
Richard Charlton is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading guitarist/composers.

His works have been recorded and performed by many leading Australian and international players.

Richard's music combines a love of melody with a keen sense of harmonic and formal structure - music "to entice ear as well as the intellect"  More...

(Northern Herald).