2018 Performer Profiles: Charlotte Ashton

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2018 Southwell Music Festival.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming flautist Charlotte Ashton back to the Southwell Music Festival.

charlotte ashton1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do?

My name is Charlotte Ashton and I am the Principal Flute of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. As of about 18 months ago, I now live up in Glasgow (where the orchestra is based) in my flat in the West End. In addition to my position with the orchestra, I also perform as a Guest Principal with other orchestras, and try to do as much solo performance and chamber music as possible. Any free time I have, I spend doing DIY on my flat. My most recent project was building, painting and upholstering a footstool!

2) What music are you most looking forward to performing in Southwell this year?

I am so excited about coming to Southwell this year – the inspiring and encouraging atmosphere really is something unique. In particular, though, I am looking forward to playing Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D, as this is my favourite of his flute quartets, and it is always exciting to learn this with a different group of string players. The second movement of the piece is one of the first things I ever performed with orchestra when I was younger, and it is such a desperately sad, yet extremely restrained and poised, melody. I love the challenges of working in a string quartet formation, like knowing when and how to blend with the sound as opposed to when to sing out as the soloist. I’m especially excited about doing the repeat concerts, because it’s such a treat to walk off stage having enjoyed yourself but know that you get to do it all again!

3) What other things have you got coming up that are interesting in the next few months?”

When I leave Southwell, I’ll be going back to work in Glasgow, and our first concert is one of the chillier concerts of our schedule up in Scotland – Proms in the Park, which is held outside in Glasgow Green! We have a great season of concerts coming up, including a really exciting project in Glasgow Cathedral and some fantastic programmes with lots of exciting flute parts to look forward to. I’m also fortunate to be involved with a Hebrides Ensemble project at the Lammermuir Festival in September, which includes Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, and Debussy’s Trio for Flute, Harp and Viola.