Charles studied at King’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music in London.
Career highlights have included Luigi Nono’s Canti di Vita e Amore (Edinburgh International Festival), Handel’s Esther, in New York, Monteverdi Vespers with Paul McCreesh in Venice, Handel’s Belshazzar at the Théâtre de Champs Elysées, and Messiah at the Musikverein, Vienna with Harnoncourt.
His numerous recordings include St John Passion (Portland Baroque Orchestra/ATMA), Magnificat, Cantata 110 (Netherlands Bach Society/Channel Classics), Athalia (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) Saul (EMI), The Beggar’s Opera (Hyperion), Schütz Christmas Story (DG), Bach Easter Oratorio (Taverner Consort/EMI) and over twenty discs of Purcell’s music.
Recent engagements included Dream of Gerontius in Wroclaw, a tour of L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato (J.S. Bach Stiftung) with Rudolf Lutz, Purcell at the Wigmore Hall (The King’s Consort), Vespers in Vancouver & Seattle, a series of Bach Christmas Concerts with NBV, Bach Secular Cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan, St Matthew Passion with NBV, Vespers with Toronto Consort, Schütz with Dresdner Kammerchor, Vespers with The King’s Consort at the Rheingau Festival, a semi-staged Fairy Queen with the AAM at the Barbican Hall, Mass in B Minor with the BBC Singers and Messiah in Australia with Melbourne Symphony and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.
Engagements in 2017 include a series of Purcell Programmes with Holland Baroque Society, Purcell at the Wigmore Hall (The King’s Consort), St Matthew Passion at The Sage, Gateshead and at King’s Place, St John Passion at Bath Abbey, Chandos Anthems at the London Handel Festival, Vespers with the Academy of Ancient Music, a series of concerts at Oregon Bach Festival and Bach Cantatas in St Gallen. Subsequent engagements include his return to Toronto for Mass in B Minor.BACK