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Etcetera Records, 2019

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The Cloud (song cycle for soprano and piano)​

  1. I Bring Fresh Showers

  2. I Sift the Snow

  3. The Sanguine Sunrise 

  4. That Orbed Maiden

  5. I Bind the Sun’s Throne

  6. I am the Daughter

April Fredrick, soprano

William Vann, piano

   7. The Snow in the Street for mixed choir

   8. Gaudete! Gaudete! Christus est natus for mixed choir


​Brussels Chamber Choir

Helen Cassano, conductor

Suite for Cello & Guitar

   9. I. Intrada

   10. II. Tarantella

   11. III. Intermezzo

   12. IV. Cantilena

   13. V. Burlesque

Edenwood Duo: Wouter Vercruysse, cello & Catherine Struys, guitar

bonus track:

   14. Fantasy

Alan Charlton, electronic piano


Recording producer & editor: Rachel Smith

Sound engineer: Peter Newble

Executive producer for Etcetera Records: Dirk De Greef

Design: Roman Jans

Cover image: René Magritte - Décalcomanie

Recorded in Belgium and the UK in 2011, 2017 & 2018

The Cloud: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk - 16 & 17 April 2018

The Snow in the Street: Keyhof, Huldenberg - 18 March 2017

Gaudete: Keyhof, Huldenberg, 25 June 2017

Suite for Cello and Guitar: Keyhof, Huldenberg - 22 & 23 June 2017

Fantasy: Brockley, London, November 2011

Alan Charlton was a professional composer renowned for his innate musicality and intellectual rigour.  Born in London, he studied composition with Raymond Warren, Peter Maxwell-Davies and Judith Weir. He was also a pianist, cellist, horn player, choral singer, music teacher, examiner and author – including of the bestselling How to Read Music.

Charlton’s works encompassed choral, chamber, orchestral, educational and operatic music. His compositions won many prizes, and have been performed in the UK, Belgium, and around the world, and broadcast on Klara radio and BBC Radio 3. 

After meeting his wife in the London Shostakovich Orchestra in 2011, Charlton moved with her to Brussels in 2013, where their daughter was born. Alan enjoyed musical life in Belgium, becoming composer in residence with Brussels Chamber Choir in 2013. Music was Alan’s life. After being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in 2016, recording this CD in 2017-18 became vitally important to him, and he ensured it was produced to the highest quality. The disc features a selection of Charlton's best works: a song cycle for soprano and piano, a suite for guitar and cello, two new Christmas carols on traditional texts and as a bonus track, his Fantasy for 3 pianos.


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“The performances underline the respect in which Charlton and his music are held, the various acoustics skilfully managed and the annotations commendably detailed (…). As an overview of a distinctive talent, this is worth investigating.”

Gramophone Magazine, UK, November 2019

Read the full review in English here

Read the French translation here

Read the Dutch translation here


This (…) album [is] a fine example of synergy between artists separated only by a narrow channel.”

CultuurPakt online reviews, Belgium:

Written by Veerle Deknopper (Knopskaya), January 2020

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Read the full review in English here

Read the full review in French here



The five works on this CD give a beautiful overview of this versatile composer.

Nieuwe Noten blog, The Netherlands:

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Charlton presided over these recordings before his untimely death, aged 47, last year. His innovative musical artistry comes through in heartfelt and energetic performances. ٭٭٭٭

BBC Music Magazine, UK, December 2019

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